Category: Federal


USDA Announces Changes to School Meals Requirements

On Thursday, the U.S. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue announced changes to school meals standards to allow additional flexibilities related to milk, whole grains, and sodium. Under the new final rule, previous sodium level reduction timelines will be slowed, whole grain-rich requirements will be lessened, and flavored, low-fat milk will be able to be served. According…

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CDPH and EMSA Release New EOM Chapters, CDC Publishes Updated PHEP Capabilities

Last week, the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) and the Emergency Medical Services Authority (EMSA) released new content for the California Public Health and Medical Emergency Operations Manual (EOM). New chapters were added to the EOM after extensive work was done by the EOM Workgroup and in consultation with subject matter experts and stakeholders. The content…

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CHEAC Welcomes Feedback on Proposed Federal Rule on Public Charge

As a friendly reminder, CHEAC welcomes members to assess the impact of the Trump Administration’s proposed rule on public charge on LHD operations and services and provide written comments to Jack Anderson via email (janderson@cheac.org) by COB on Friday, November 16, 2018. Recall, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services…

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President Trump Signs Opioid Legislation, NACo Webinar Recording Available

On Tuesday, President Donald Trump signed H.R. 6, titled “SUPPORT for Patients and Communities Act”, a comprehensive legislative package to assist in addressing the nation’s opioid epidemic. Earlier this fall, the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives passed their own opioid-related legislative proposals; the two chambers then reached an agreement on the legislation after two…

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GAO Issues Report on Opioid Emergency Declaration

This week, the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) issued a report that examines the federal government’s emergency declaration on the opioid epidemic, initially declared by the Acting Secretary of Health and Human Services in October 2017 and renewed in April 2018. The report indicates that the emergency declaration allowed HHS to survey more than 13,000…

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Trump Administration Publishes Proposed Rule on Public Charge

On Wednesday, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services published in the Federal Register proposed changes to how the federal government determines whether an immigrant is likely to become a “public charge.” Individuals applying for seeking adjustment of a status or a visa must establish that they are not likely…

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Trump Administration Releases Unofficial Proposed Changes to Public Charge

On Saturday, September 22, the Trump Administration released the text of proposed changes to how the federal government determines whether an immigrant is likely to become a “public charge.” Despite the public release of the text, the language has not officially been published by the Federal Register; therefore the 60-day window for public comments has…

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