Category: Federal


HHS Seeks Input on STD Federal Action Plan

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of HIV/AIDS and Infectious Disease Policy (OHAIDP) is seeking input on the development of an inaugural federal action plan for STD prevention, diagnosis, care, and treatment designed to meet specified goals to improve outcomes and employ strategies that maximize long-term population impact. Public health practitioners,…

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CDC Releases New “Tips From Former Smokers” Media, Resources for Public Health Professionals

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently launched a new round of media materials from the Tips From Former Smokers, offering a powerful and compelling view into the health consequences of tobacco use. The new media materials include advertisements on national network and cable television, in magazines, and online. The advertisements feature…

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Federal Judge Blocks Medicaid Work Requirements in Arkansas, Kentucky

On Wednesday, a U.S. District Court Judge in the District of Columbia issued a dual-ruling, striking down Medicaid work requirements in Arkansas and Kentucky. Judge James Boasberg determined that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) failed to adequately consider impacts of work requirements, writing, “The Court cannot concur that the Medicaid Act…

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CMS Issues 2019 Open Enrollment Report, Finds Decreased Healthcare Enrollment Across U.S.

On Monday, the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) issued its Health Insurance Exchanges 2019 Open Enrollment Report, finding that approximately 11.4 million consumers selected or were automatically reenrolled in coverage during the 2019 enrollment period. This figure is a decrease from 11.8 million consumers during the 2018 enrollment period. 24 percent of…

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Trump Administration Releases 2020 Budget, Proposes Significant Cuts to Health, Social Program Spending

On Monday, President Donald Trump released his Administration’s proposed FY 2020 budget, amounting to a record $4.75 trillion plan that increases military and defense spending while significantly cutting health, environmental, and education spending. Notably, spending on the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is slated for a 12 percent cut, which includes a $750…

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CDC Finds Progress in Declining in HIV Infections Has Stalled

This week, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released a report finding that the once-significant decline in annual HIV infections has stopped and new infections have stabilized in recent years. The report includes the most recent data on HIV trends in the United States from 2010 to 2016. After approximately five years…

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TFAH Releases 2019 State-by-State Emergency Preparedness Report

This week, the Trust for America’s Health (TFAH) released its report “Ready or Not: Protecting the Public’s Health from Diseases, Disasters, and Bioterrorism,” which provides an annual snapshot of states’ public health and emergency response preparedness. This report, authored by TFAH since 2003, has documented significant progress in the nation’s level of emergency readiness, public…

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