Category: Federal


Trump Administration Finalizes Rule Tightening Work Requirements for SNAP Benefits, Up to 750,000 Expected to be Impacted

On Wednesday, the Trump Administration issued a final rule tightening Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) processes in which states can waive a requirement that able-bodied adults without children work at least 20 hours per week. Under current law, able-bodied adults without dependents (ABAWD) are individuals 18 to 49 who are not elderly, women who are…

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State of California Sues E-Cigarette Company JUUL Labs, Trump Administration in Flux Over Proposed Ban of Flavored E-Cigarettes

Two notable actions related to electronic cigarettes occurred this week, both on the state and federal levels. We detail these actions below: AG Becerra Alleges JUUL Labs Unlawfully Targeted Minors On Monday, California Attorney General Xavier Becerra announced the State of California has filed a lawsuit in the Alameda County Superior Court against JUUL Labs,…

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CMS Proposes Federal Rule to Enhance Scrutiny over Medicaid Supplemental Payments

The U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) recently released the proposed federal rule, “Medicaid Financing and Accountability Regulation (MFAR)” which would broadly expand federal oversight of Medicaid supplemental payments and recast current rules and regulations governing how supplemental payments are structured, financed, and distributed. According to CMS, the proposed rule is an effort…

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Trump Administration Finalizes Rule, Proposes Another Related to Price Transparency Requirements For Hospitals and Insurers

Following an executive order issued by President Donald Trump in June, the Trump Administration today announced two actions to compel hospitals and insurers to provide patients with more information on the cost of health services prior to their utilization. The Trump Administration finalized a rule that requires hospitals to make public their secret, negotiated rates…

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CDC Releases Report on Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs), Recommends Primary Prevention Approaches

This week, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) published a report in its Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR) estimating the proportion of adult health problems attributable to adverse childhood experiences (ACEs). The CDC’s Vital Signs report also covers the topic of ACEs and details opportunities for preventing ACEs. According to the…

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CDC Launches 2019-20 Flu Vaccination Campaign

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), in collaboration with the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases (NFID) and others, launched the 2019-20 flu vaccine campaign to promote the CDC’s recommendation for everyone age six months and older to get an annual flu vaccine. U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services Alex Azar announced…

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NACCHO Issues Sign-on Opportunity Supporting Ban of Flavored E-Cigarettes

This week, the National Association of County & City Health Officials (NACCHO) released a sign-on opportunity for local health departments and officials to support the recently announced U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) plan to remove non-tobacco flavored electronic cigarettes, including mint and menthol, from the market in an attempt to curb utilization of the…

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CDC Issues Nationwide Health Alert Related to E-Cigarette Products

This morning, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued a nationwide health advisory related to the multistate outbreak of severe pulmonary injury associated with use of electronic cigarette products (devices, liquids, refill pods, and cartridges) containing nicotine or cannabis. The CDC advisory details outbreak background and recommendations for clinicians, public health officials,…

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U.S. Surgeon General Issues Warning on Cannabis Youth Among Youth, Pregnant Women

On Thursday, U.S. Surgeon General Jerome Adams issued a national health advisory, warning that consuming cannabis is particularly dangerous to pregnant women, developing babies, and teenagers. Surgeon General Adams, during a news conference, expressed concern that many Americans are unaware of the health hazards posed by professionally grown cannabis crops, describing today’s cannabis as far…

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CDC Warns Nationwide Measles Elimination Status at Risk

U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases Director Dr. Nancy Messonnier this week indicated there is a “reasonable chance” the United States will lose its measles elimination status in October 2019, largely caused by ongoing measles outbreaks in New York. Recall, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared…

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