President-Elect Biden Rolls Out Economic Relief Plan, Includes Significant Investments for COVID-19 Response


President-Elect Biden Rolls Out Economic Relief Plan, Includes Significant Investments for COVID-19 Response

President-Elect Joe Biden released an ambitious $1.9 trillion economic relief plan yesterday, entitled the “American Rescue Plan.” Congressional Republicans have already started to express opposition to the plan with some Democrats criticizing the plan for not providing more relief for hard-hit Americans. Given the slim margins in both houses, the fate of the package remains…

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Biden-Harris Administration Unveils National COVID-19 Vaccine Plan, Names Additional Personnel to Response Team

Today, the incoming Biden-Harris Administration announced its plans for ramping up COVID-19 vaccine production and administration, as well as key personnel joining the Administration’s COVID-19 Response Team. Below, we detail these announcements: COVID-19 Vaccination Plan In its announcement, the Biden-Harris Administration acknowledged the ongoing challenges with the COVID-19 pandemic, including the limited vaccine supply and…

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DHCS to Hold CalAIM Overview Webinar on January 28

The Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) will hold a webinar to provide an overview of the relaunch of the Newsom Administration’s California Advancing and Innovating Medi-Cal (CalAIM) initiative. The CalAIM initiative builds upon prior successes in health care delivery and proposes to provide more services and supports for patients with complex needs. According to…

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Newsom Releases FY 2021-22 Budget Proposal

Today, Governor Gavin Newsom unveiled his proposed FY 2021-22 state budget ahead of the January 10 constitutional deadline. The $227.2 billion ($164.5 billion General Fund) spending plan includes sweeping investments in pandemic-related economic recovery efforts, individual economic supports, education funding, and wildfire preparedness, among other areas. During a nearly two-hour press conference, Governor Newsom walked…

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HHS Renews COVID-19 Public Health Emergency

On Thursday, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Alex Azar extended the nationwide public health emergency due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The initial public health emergency declaration was made on January 27, 2020, and has been previously renewed three times. The full declaration is available here.

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State Public Health Officer Issues Order on Hospital Surge

On Tuesday, California Department of Public Health (CDPH) Director and State Public Health Officer Dr. Tomás Aragón issued a state public health officer order to reduce pressure on strained hospital systems and redistribute the responsibility of medical care across the state so patients can continue to receive lifesaving care amid unprecedented COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations….

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CDPH Issues Recommendations to LHDs and Providers on COVID-19 Vaccines

On Thursday, the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) issued vaccine recommendations to local health departments (LHDs) and providers focused on accelerating the pace of COVID-19 vaccine administration. The recommendations clarify the state’s vaccine prioritization process and authorize LHDs and providers to offer doses to lower priority groups when high-priority demand subsides or when doses…

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Biden Administration Plans to Release All Available COVID-19 Vaccines

The incoming Biden Administration has announced that it plans to release nearly all available COVID-19 vaccine doses “to ensure the Americans who need it most get it as soon as possible” upon the administration’s inauguration on January 20. Currently, the Trump Administration has been holding back approximately half of its vaccine supply to ensure those…

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CDC Announces $22 Billion to Support Expanded COVID-19 Testing and Vaccine Distribution

This week, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced two upcoming actions to provide more than $22 billion in funding to states, localities, and territories to support the continued response to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The funding was made available through the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act that was passed…

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