The existing public health emergency for the novel coronavirus 2019 has been extended. QualChoice will continue to follow the CARES ACT guidelines for COVID-19 claims processing and telehealth claims processing enhancements through January 21, 2021.

From Alex Azar, Secretary of Health and Human Services, on 10/2/20:

As a result of the continued consequences of the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic, on this date and after consultation with public health officials as necessary, I, Alex M. Azar II, Secretary of Health and Human Services, pursuant to the authority vested in me under section 319 of the Public Health Service Act, do hereby renew, effective October 23, 2020, my January 31, 2020, determination, that I previously renewed on April 21, 2020 and July 23, 2020, that a public health emergency exists and has existed since January 27, 2020, nationwide.