Category: Federal


President Trump Releases FY 2019 Budget

This week, President Donald Trump released his proposed FY 2019 Federal Budget. The $4.4 trillion budget calls for increases in military and defense spending, limits to federal funds for infrastructure improvements, stronger border protections, and an infusion of funds to address the opioid crisis. While the budget proposal offers an insight into the Trump Administration’s…

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CDC Announces Grant Opportunities Available to LHDs

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Office of State, Tribal, Local, and Territorial Health (OSTLTS) recently announced two grant opportunities available to local health departments: Technical Assistance for Response to Public Health or Healthcare Crises – Funding available to governmental health departments and other eligible organizations related to public health emergency response….

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After Overnight Shutdown, Trump Signs into Law Government Funding Deal

The federal government entered a partial shutdown overnight when funding briefly lapsed while Congress ironed out details for a short-term funding measure and a framework for a two-year budget deal. The shutdown was largely the result of Senator Rand Paul (R-Kentucky) who refused to allow a vote on the measure while he spoke out against…

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CDC Launches Expanded Flu Vaccination Campaign Materials

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) this week released expanded seasonal flu vaccination campaign materials to assist health departments and partners in communicating the importance of receiving the flu vaccination. The digital messaging toolkit includes print-ready materials, graphics and flyers, fact sheets, sample social media and newsletter content, and web assets, among…

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CDC Vital Signs Features Asthma in Children

This month’s U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Vital Signs publication highlights asthma in children, showing a decrease in asthma attacks, missed school days, and hospital visits. More children with asthma are improving their ability to control their asthma condition with an asthma action plan. However, more than half of children with asthma…

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CDC Director Fitzgerald Resigns over Financial Conflicts of Interest

This week, U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Director Brenda Fitzgerald resigned over reports that she purchased tobacco company shares while serving as the nation’s top public health official. One day after purchasing stock in Japan Tobacco, Fitzgerald reportedly toured the CDC’s Tobacco Research Laboratory, which is tasked with studying the impacts of…

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With Less than One Week Remaining, Government Funding Deal Yet to Be Struck

After a brief shutdown and short-term continuing resolution that was passed in mid-January, less than one week remains before federal government funding expires on Thursday, February 8. Negotiations between Congressional leaders and the White House have continued, though an agreement has yet to be struck. Congress will be forced once more to pass another short-term…

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Trump Administration Approves Indiana Medicaid Work Requirements

Today, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Alex Azar granted approval to Indiana to incorporate state Medicaid modifications, including work requirements, lockout provisions, and premium increases. Indiana’s waiver now requires able-bodied individuals younger than 60 years of age to work at least 20 hours per week on average, be enrolled in…

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CHIP Reauthorized, Negotiations Continue over Government Funding After Brief Shutdown

After a stalemate in negotiations over government funding and immigration, the U.S. Government entered partial federal government shutdown beginning at midnight last Friday. Senate Republicans and Democrats spent a fair amount of the weekend directing blame toward one another over the shutdown after not enough votes were secured to pass a four week continuing resolution…

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Azar Confirmed as HHS Secretary on a 55-43 Vote

On Wednesday, Alex Azar was confirmed as the next U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary. Azar was confirmed on a 55-43 vote with all but one Republican, six Democrats, and one Independent senator voting in support of the appointee. HHS has been without a permanent leader for nearly four months after then-Secretary…

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