Just three days after taking office, the Biden Administration has issued a letter to Governors expanding the Public Health Emergency designation from a 90 day interval (initially set to expire on April 20th) to December 31, 2021. This means that Medicaid will keep its 6.2% FMAP increase to states until the end of the calendar year and play a key role in stabilizing state budget planning for the first half of Fiscal Year 2022. The Public Health Emergency designation also extends to telemedicine regulations and the continued use of emergency use authorizations for diagnostics treatments, and vaccines. This is a positive development for Medicaid sustainability efforts. NJHSA looks forward to working with Congress and the Biden Administration in further increasing this relief funding to states and, by extension, NJHSA member agencies that provide services for Medicaid beneficiaries.