Category: Federal


U.S. Senate HELP Committee Introduces Bipartisan Opioid Crisis Response Bill

This week, Senators Lamar Alexander (R-Tennessee) and Patty Murray (D-Washington), Chair and Ranking Member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP), respectively, introduced the “Opioid Crisis Response Act of 2018.”  The measure, S. 2680, is the result of 40 various proposals from Republican and Democratic Senators, seven bipartisan hearings over…

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Trump Issues Executive Order to Require Federal Aid Recipients to Work

Last week, President Donald Trump quietly issued an executive order directing a wide swath of federal agencies, including the Departments of Health and Human Services, Housing and Urban Development, Agriculture, and Education, to review and develop rules for “any program that provides means-tested assistance or other assistance that provides benefits to people, households, or families…

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Trump Outlines Strategy to Address Opioid Epidemic, Focuses Largely on Law Enforcement Approach

On Monday, President Donald Trump unveiled his Administration’s wide-ranging plan to address the nation’s opioid epidemic, vowing to “liberate” the country from the crisis. Recall, President Trump convened an opioid commission last year to identify recommended interventions, declared the opioid epidemic a public health emergency five months ago, and hosted an opioid epidemic summit at…

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Trump Administration Names Redfield CDC Director

On Wednesday, the Trump Administration named HIV researcher Robert Redfield, M.D. as the next director of the U.S. Centers and Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). According to a statement from Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar, Redfield served as the founding director of the U.S. Military’s HIV Research Program Department of Retroviral Research and…

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Congress Passes $1.3 Trillion Spending Plan, Funds Government Through FY 2018

After weeks of negotiations, Congressional leaders this week emerged with a $1.3 trillion omnibus budget bill that will fund the federal government through the remainder of the 2018 fiscal year, with funding expiring on September 30. The expansive 2,232 page bill featured significant increases in both defense spending, which was widely supported by President Trump…

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White House Convenes Summit on Opioid Epidemic

On Thursday, the White House hosted an Opioid Epidemic Summit to discuss efforts of the Trump Administration to address the nationwide opioid epidemic. The summit gathered a handful of Administration officials, including Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar and Attorney General Jeff Sessions, individuals who have been impacted by the opioid epidemic, and addiction-…

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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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