3/20/2020 12:00:00 PM
The Department of Human Services (DHS) has been working with the Minnesota Legislature this week on a bill that would extend our authority to support Minnesotans across the state during the COVID-19 Emergency Declaration. As it became clear that the Legislature would not convene again this week, with the support of legislative leaders, the Governor converted the most recent language of that bill into Executive Orders.
Today, we are announcing a list of provisions to support the Minnesotans we serve. These regulatory flexibilities are designed to:
Today we are also announcing flexibility for our county and tribal and community partners. We want to be sure they can focus on Minnesotans, not paperwork.
Flexibilities we are announcing today include:
We are analyzing and finalizing additional flexibilities such as nursing home support and 90-day prescription provisions, and will announce additional flexibility as soon as possible.
Guidance to counties, tribes, providers, and health plans will begin rolling out immediately. More information will be available on the DHS website on our COVID-19 page.
As we converted the legislative bill to Executive Order 20-12, we retained the provision for the Commissioner of Human Services to consult with the four chairs and minority leads of our Health and Human Services Legislative Committees by informing them within 48 hours of any flexibility we authorize and giving the chairs some ability to reverse our decisions.
Under Executive Order 20-11, we will be applying as soon as possible for federal authority to change or waive federal requirements to enable our state flexibility decisions. In broad communications, the federal government has suggested a willingness to grant temporary authority as needed.
We are also required to document every decision, report the list of all decisions every 60 days, and make a final report to the Legislature in January, 2021 of the total impact and cost of the COVID-19 emergency.
We are grateful to every individual, provider, provider association and advocacy group who has contacted us with their concerns and requests for flexibility who have helped us to develop this initial set of first flexibilities. It is imperative that all Minnesotans, perhaps especially those served by DHS, can get through this pandemic.
Please keep the calls and emails coming and let us know what else we may need to do through this emergency to keep Minnesotans safe and healthy in our communities.