Care during a disaster or public emergency
When there’s a disaster or public emergency, the last thing you want to worry about is your health. You'll have access to your benefits during a public health emergency or disaster: that’s a CareFirst promise. When one of these events is declared, CareFirst will:
These benefits will remain in effect until the public health emergency or disaster is declared over.
If you don't have your CareFirst member ID card, you can either:
Who declares a public health emergency or disaster?
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) states that a declaration of disaster may be made by:
If the president declares a disaster, the Secretary of Health and Human Services may also authorize waivers or modifications under Section 1135 of the Public Health Service Act.
When does a disaster or public health emergency end?
The public health emergency or state of disaster ends when any of these occur:
We'll let CMS know if we can’t resume normal operations by the end of the public health emergency or state of disaster. CMS also requires us to: