President Biden signs bill terminating COVID-19 as a national emergency

April 11, 2023

… the President signed into law: H.J.Res. 7, which terminates the national emergency related to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The White House in a statement on Monday. The announcement ending the COVID-19 national emergency came one month earlier than expected.

What To Know: COVID-19 was declared a national emergency in March 2020; this enabled the government to use certain emergency programs to help maintain the health of the public and support the economy (for example, more flexible in-home/telehealth medical care and a mortgage forbearance program). With the emergency declaration no longer in place, many of these programs must wind down and come to an end. (Note: Many telehealth services have been extended through 2024.)

Why It Matters: Congress voted to end the national emergency last month with the expectation that President Biden would sign it into law in May. The shift in policy (which came earlier than had been planned) changes the way COVID-19 is handled by the U.S. government. Read about the impacted policies and what it could mean for you (ex: your insurance may not cover your next COVID-19 test).

Important To Note: The nation’s public health emergency (a separate declaration) is still in place and is set to expire on May 11. Policies held in place by the public health emergency include the Title 42 border policy, a provision that allows the government to quickly expel people attempting entry along the southern border due to public health safety.

Biden ends COVID national emergency after Congress acts (The Associated Press)

Biden signs bill ending Covid national emergency (NBC News)

The White House’s announcement of the signed bill

by Jenna Lee,