Hurricane Harvey Related Information


In the wake of Hurricane Harvey, TSHA would like to provide members of the speech-language-hearing community with any and all available resources the association has access to in order to assist in the recovery. Please see the following Hurricane Harvey Information from TDLR and CMS below. We are also in communication with ASHA during this time.

If you are interested in donating to relief efforts in the impacted areas, information on donation programs is available on the FEMA website.

TSHA

TSHA to Provide Extra Support for Members Impacted by Hurricane Harvey

In the wake of Hurricane Harvey, TSHA is providing additional support to members who were impacted. The following discounts and deadline extensions are available to current TSHA members who fall within the FEMA impact zones:

  • 30% discount on TSHA membership renewal
  • 30% discount on online TSHA CE courses
  • Six-week extension for the TSHA membership renewal period
  • Six-week extension for the TSHA Annual Convention early-bird deadline

In order to receive the above-mentioned benefits, please complete this form.

TDLR

Hurricane Harvey Response: Texans Helping Texans

  • Fast-Track Licensing Procedures
  • How to Contact TDLR
  • Rebuilding & Recovery
    1. Plan Reviews & Inspections
    2. Emergency Consent Tow Licensing
    3. Out of State Health Care Providers
    4. Boilers: Recovering Boiler Systems After a Flood
    5. Water Wells: Private Wells Under Flood Waters
  • Online Resources
  • FAQs

As Texans respond to the ongoing disaster caused by Hurricane Harvey, TDLR is reaching out to help those in the affected areas. During this difficult time, we are streamlining procedures to help our licensees and small businesses recover as quickly as possible.

Governor Greg Abbott’s disaster proclamation includes the following Texas counties: Angelina, Aransas, Atascosa, Austin, Bastrop, Bee, Bexar, Brazoria, Brazos, Burleson, Caldwell, Calhoun, Cameron, Chambers, Colorado, Comal, DeWitt, Fayette, Fort Bend, Galveston, Goliad, Gonzales, Grimes, Guadalupe, Hardin, Harris, Jackson, Jasper, Jefferson, Jim Wells, Karnes, Kerr, Kleberg, Lavaca, Lee, Leon, Liberty, Live Oak, Madison, Matagorda, Montgomery, Newton, Nueces, Orange, Polk, Refugio, San Jacinto, Sabine, San Patricio, Trinity, Tyler, Victoria, Walker, Waller, Washington, Wharton, Willacy, and Wilson.

Fast-Track Licensing Procedures
In coordination with the Governor’s proclamation, TDLR is implementing fast-track licensing procedures for all eligible TDLR licensees in the affected counties to help them recover and return to work as quickly as possible. The following procedures are in effect for the duration of the declared disaster period and any extensions:

  • License expiration dates automatically extended. All eligible licensees in the affected counties currently in the renewal period will have their license expiration dates automatically extended by 60 days. Check your license status online.
  • Late fees and license replacement fees waived. TDLR will waive renewal late fees and offer replacement licenses at no cost for all eligible licensees in the affected counties. Contact TDLR at recovery@tdlr.texas.gov or 1-800-803-9202 to order a duplicate license at no cost.
  • Continuing education (CE) requirements automatically waived. All eligible licensees in the affected counties may renew without completing continuing education requirements.
  • Extended grace period for expired licenses. Licensees in the affected area with licenses expired beyond the usual expiration limits will be allowed to renew.

If you need to temporarily change your address, phone number, or email address, please update your contact information online.

HOW TO CONTACT TDLR
TDLR licensees in the affected areas can email recovery@tdlr.texas.gov to receive expedited assistance with questions, license renewals, replacement licenses, plan reviews, and inspections, or call 1-800-803-9202 between the hours of 7:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. Monday – Friday. Please identify the program you are calling about and have your license number ready.

REBUILDING & RECOVERY

Plan Reviews & Inspections

During the disaster proclamation period, TDLR will fast-track all state-required plan reviews and inspections in the affected areas for:

  • Barber and Cosmetology Schools
  • Boilers (internal extension requests)
  • Elevators
  • Licensed Breeders (pre-license inspection)
  • Tow Trucks and Vehicle Storage Facilities

Emergency Consent Tow Licensing
On Friday, August 25, TDLR activated emergency consent tow provisions for the disaster area affected by Hurricane Harvey. These emergency provisions will help expedite recovery and cleanup efforts by allowing more tow operators to assist our fellow Texans in need. More information on the TDLR website.

Out of State Health Care Providers
On Sunday, August 27, Governor Greg Abbott ordered a temporary suspension of all necessary statutes and rules to allow licensed health care providers employed by a hospital and who are in good standing in another state to practice in Texas to assist with disaster response operations. See the program pages at the links below for more information on the requirements and procedures for out-of-state health care providers:

 

Boilers: Recovering Boiler Systems After a Flood
TDLR has updated information to consider after a flood.

Water Wells: Private Wells Under Flood Waters
If you own a private water well and the well was under flood waters, you may want to have the well tested or disinfected. Download the Well Disinfection Guide.

Online Resources

TDLR is committed to helping our fellow Texans through the recovery process, and we stand ready to assist in any way we can.

FAQs: TDLR Response to Harvey

  1. I live in one of the counties in the disaster declaration. Will I have extra time to renew my license?

            Yes, if your license is currently in its renewal period and you live in one of the counties included in the             disaster declaration, your expiration date is automatically extended 60 days from the current expiration        date. You do not need to request an extension. Check your license status online

  1. Will my Continuing Education requirements and/or late renewal fees be waived so I can renew my license?

            Yes, if you live in one of the affected counties, during the disaster declaration period you are exempt             from paying any late renewal fees for your license, and you are not required to complete Continuing             Education to renew your license. These requirements have been automatically waived for all licensees         in the affected counties.

  1. My license was lost or damaged in the disaster. Can I get a replacement?

            Yes, if you reside in one of the affected counties, you can receive a duplicate license at no cost. Email             recovery@tdlr.texas.gov to request assistance.

  1. I am a licensee working on the rebuilding and recovery effort--what can I expect from TDLR relating to plan reviews and inspections?

            During the disaster proclamation period, TDLR will fast-track all state-required plan reviews and             inspections in the affected counties for the programs listed below. Email recovery@tdlr.texas.gov to request assistance.

  • Barber and Cosmetology Schools
  • Boilers (internal extension requests)
  • Elevators
  • Licensed Breeders (pre-license inspection)
  • Tow Trucks and Vehicle Storage Facilities
  1. Who can I contact if I have other questions about my license?

            If you live in one of the affected counties and need assistance with your license or other TDLR services,          please email recovery@tdlr.texas.gov for priority attention. You may also call TDLR at 1-800-803-9202         between the hours of 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Monday through Friday.

  1. Where can I get information about disaster relief and recovery resources, or if I want to volunteer to help?

            Please visit DisasterAssistance.gov for information on finding assistance with food, temporary housing,          financial needs, insurance claims, and volunteer opportunities.

CMS Information

Temporary relaxation of certain HIPAA requirements:
https://www.hhs.gov/sites/default/files/hurricane-harvey-hipaa-bulletin.pdf

CMS Helping Texas and Louisiana with Hurricane Harvey Recovery

On August 30, 2017, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Administrator Seema Verma announced the efforts that are underway to support Texas and Louisiana in response to Hurricane Harvey. Earlier this week, Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price, M.D., declared public health emergencies in both States. Actions include temporarily waiving or modifying certain Medicare, Medicaid and Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) requirements to provide immediate relief to those affected by the hurricane and resulting floods.

“In light of the natural disaster still unfolding in Texas and Louisiana, CMS is committed to acting as quickly and effectively as possible so the States can continue to ensure the vital health care needs of our most vulnerable beneficiaries are not interrupted,” said CMS Administrator Seema Verma. “CMS is in constant communication with officials in Texas and Louisiana to be sure we are doing all we can to support those in the path of this historic and devastating storm.”

CMS and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) are working in close coordination with the Kidney Community Emergency Response (KCER) Network and the States of Texas and Louisiana to ensure that beneficiaries have access to facilities to provide their treatments. As the CMS response continues, other efforts include, supporting Texas and Louisiana in arranging Special Purpose Renal Dialysis Facilities, transporting patients to facilities and arranging for new facilities to open in order to serve beneficiaries without interruption. In Texas, CMS is coordinating with the workforce on the ground that cares for renal patients to ensure there are enough facilities to serve beneficiaries in need of dialysis. The agency is accepting requests from end stage renal disease suppliers to become a temporary Special Purpose Renal Dialysis Facility (SPRDF).

Since the public health emergencies were declared, CMS has offered immediate administrative relief actions to Texas and Louisiana including issuing several general waivers of certain requirements for specific types of providers in impacted counties and geographical areas. These waivers work to prevent gaps in access to care for beneficiaries.

  • Skilled Nursing Facilities (SNF): CMS waives requirements for a 3-day prior hospitalization before admission in order to receive Medicare SNF services and provides temporary emergency coverage of services in SNFs without a qualifying hospital stay for people who are evacuated, transferred, or otherwise dislocated due to Hurricane Harvey. Certain people with Medicare benefits who recently exhausted their SNF benefits are authorized for renewed coverage without first having to start a new benefit period.
  • Home Health Agencies: This CMS waiver provides relief to Home Health Agencies on the timeframes related to completion of OASIS (assessment data) Transmission.
  • Critical Access Hospitals (CAH): CMS waives the requirements limiting the number of patient beds to 25, and allows for length of stays beyond the capped 96-hour time period.

With the public health emergency in effect, CMS can also waive or modify certain Medicare provisions for providers, including certain deadlines, conditions of participation and certification requirements. Providers can now submit waiver requests to the state survey agency or the CMS regional office and they will be evaluated to ensure that they meet the requirements set out under the law. To help clarify billing instructions, CMS has issued technical direction to the Medicare Administrative Contractors regarding the waivers and has reminded area Medicare Advantage plans regarding their responsibilities to relax certain requirements during a disaster or emergency.

CMS will continue to work with the States of Texas and Louisiana. The agency continues to update our emergency page (www.cms.gov/emergency) with important information for state and local officials, providers, healthcare facilities and the public.

To read previous updates regarding HHS activities related to Hurricane Harvey, please visit https://www.hhs.gov/about/news.

To learn more about HHS resources related to Hurricane Harvey, please visit https://www.hhs.gov/hurricane-harvey

Hurricane Harvey and Medicare Disaster Related Texas Claims MLN Matters Article — New

The President declared a state of emergency for Texas and the HHS Secretary declared a Public Health Emergency for Texas which allows for CMS programmatic waivers based on Section 1135 of the Social Security Act.  An MLN Matters Special Edition Article on Hurricane Harvey and Medicare Disaster Related Texas Claims is available.  Learn about blanket waivers CMS issued in the impacted counties and geographical areas in Texas. These waivers will prevent gaps in coverage for beneficiaries impacted by the emergency.

Check the Hurricanes webpage for current information on temporary emergency policies and waivers. Additional waiver requests are being reviewed, and the webpage will be updated as decisions are made.

Tropical Storm Harvey and Medicare Disaster Related Louisiana Claims MLN Matters Article — New

The President declared a state of emergency for Louisiana and the HHS Secretary declared a Public Health Emergency for Louisiana which allows for CMS programmatic waivers based on Section 1135 of the Social Security Act.  An MLN Matters Special Edition Article on Tropical Storm Harvey and Medicare Disaster Related Louisiana Claims is available.  Learn about blanket waivers CMS issued in the impacted counties and geographical areas in Louisiana. These waivers will prevent gaps in coverage for beneficiaries impacted by the emergency.

Check the Hurricanes webpage for current information on temporary emergency policies and waivers. Additional waiver requests are being reviewed, and the webpage will be updated as decisions are made.

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