Category: Federal


HHS Renews National Public Health Emergency Due to COVID-19

Today, U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar announced that he renewed the COVID-19 national public health emergency for an additional 90 days, effective October 23. Recall, HHS Secretary Azar initially declared COVID-19 a national public health emergency on January 31, 2020. According to Secretary Azar, the renewal of the national emergency will allow…

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Trump Signs Executive Order on Pre-Existing Conditions, Surprise Billing

This week, President Donald Trump signed an executive order declaring it a policy of the federal government to ensure that Americans with pre-existing conditions can obtain health insurance of their choice at affordable rates. The order directs specified federal agencies to “build upon existing actions to expand access to and options for affordable healthcare” and…

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CMS Formally Withdraws Proposed Federal Rule on Medicaid Supplemental Payments

This week, the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) formally withdrew its proposed federal regulation, “Medicaid Fiscal Accountability Rule” (MFAR). Recall, CMS proposed the rule last fall which would have broadly expanded federal oversight of Medicaid supplemental payments. MFAR would have additionally recast current rules and regulations governing how supplement payments are structured,…

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TFAH Finds Obesity Rates Are Highest Ever Recorded

The Trust for America’s Health (TFAH) this week released its 17th annual State of Obesity: Better Policies for a Healthier America which reports on obesity rates for every state and by racial and ethnic groups, age, and gender. TFAH’s latest report utilizes data from the most recent U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)…

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Citing COVID-19 Risks, CDC Issues Nationwide Eviction Moratorium

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) this week issued an emergency order temporarily halting specified residential evictions nationwide due to increased COVID-19 transmission risks associated with evictions. The CDC order prohibits through December 31, 2020, owners or landlords from pursuing evictions of individuals who declare under penalty of perjury that they have…

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Citing Concerns with Pandemic, Federal Judge Halts Public Charge Rule Nationwide

U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York Judge George Daniels on Thursday issued a nationwide injunction against the Trump Administration’s public charge rule, citing ongoing and urgent concerns associated with the COVID-19 pandemic. Recall, the Trump Administration’s public charge rule, finalized last year, enables federal immigration officials to deny entry or legal…

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CDC Issues New K-12 School COVID-19 Guidance

Late this week, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued guidance for K-12 school administrators who are preparing for students, teachers, and staff to return to school for in-person instruction this fall. The guidance, which includes various tools and resources, details mitigation strategies (e.g., social distancing, face coverings, cohorting), communication and messaging…

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CMS Announces New COVID-19 Resources for Nursing Facilities

The U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) this week announced a series of initiatives intended to protect nursing home residents throughout the country from the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. These actions include: $5 Billion in Additional Funding – The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) will dedicate $5 billion of the Provider…

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CBPP Releases Report on Hardship, Joblessness, and Health Impacts of COVID-19

The Center for Budget and Policy Priorities (CBPP) this week released a report detailing hardship facing millions of Americans amid the COVID-19 pandemic and the need for key additional relief measures in forthcoming Congressional legislation. The report highlights emerging data showing a large and growing number of households are struggling to afford food and are…

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