Gov. Andrew Cuomo and the state Health Department announced today the request of a waiver to help with the care of New Yorkers affected by Hurricane Sandy, Gannett’s Haley Viccaro reports.
According to a news release, the waiver was sent to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to aid in the health needs of individuals by providing leniency with documentation and billing by health-care providers.
“Millions of New Yorkers and thousands of patients across the state’s health care system were directly affected by the devastation caused by Hurricane Sandy, and we must act quickly to ensure that quality and dependable care is available to all of those in need,” Cuomo said in a statement.
If the waiver is granted, patients will be allowed to relocate to other facilities for health care and have a limit on the amount of documentation and services that may hinder the ability for doctors to see new patients.
“The federal government has been a tremendously helpful partner throughout the storm recovery process, and this waiver would be a great asset in our efforts to ensure that health care services are immediately available as we respond to Hurricane Sandy,” Cuomo said in a statement.