Category: Federal


President Trump Requests $15B in Budgetary Rescissions, Includes CHIP Funding

This week, the Trump Administration announced its plans to utilize a rare budgetary exercise to request a “rescission” – or claw-back – of $15 billion in federal funds, including those set aside for the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), Ebola response, and other health-related items. The Trump Administration rescission request targets federal funds appropriated but…

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House to Vote on Farm Bill Reauthorization Next Week, Significant SNAP Modifications Expected

The U.S. House of Representatives this week continued its discussion and markup of the Farm Bill Reauthorization (H.R. 2) with the measure set for a vote in the House next week. Included in the measure are significant modifications for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) and SNAP-Education (SNAP-Ed). The measure would propose to consolidate SNAP-Ed…

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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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