Category: Federal


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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Public Health Emergency Declaration on Opioid Crisis Renewed

This week, the Trump Administration renewed its public health emergency declaration related to the national opioid epidemic. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) posted a notice signed by HHS Acting Secretary Eric Hargan renewing the declaration for another 90 days. The initial emergency declaration was declared by Hargan on October 26, 2017,…

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Hours Remain Until Federal Government Shutdown

With hours remaining until the federal government enters a partial shutdown beginning at midnight, a government funding deal has yet to be struck among Congressional leaders and the White House. In what is reported to be a highly volatile situation, Congressional Republicans are beginning to place blame on Senate Democrats for forcing the political standoff…

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CHEAC Opposes Cuts to Prevention and Public Health Fund

This week, CHEAC signed onto a Trust for America’s Health (TFAH) letter to Congressional leaders expressing disappointment in and opposition to the recent $750 million cut to the federal Prevention and Public Health Fund (PPHF). Recall, the cut was made as part of the December short-term government funding measure and was used to offset temporary…

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