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  • U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Xavier Becerra to Require COVID-19 Vaccinations for HHS Health Care Workforce

    U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Xavier Becerra to Require COVID-19 Vaccinations for HHS Health Care Workforce | site |



    Becerra: ‘Our Number One Goal Is the Health and Safety of the American Public, Including Our Federal Workforce’


    Action Will Impact More Than 25,000 Workers at IHS, NIH, and Members of the U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps


    (Information contained in U.S. Department of Health and Human Services press release dated: August 12, 2021)

    To increase vaccination coverage and protect more people from COVID-19, including the more transmissible Delta variant, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) will require more than 25,000 members of its health care workforce to be vaccinated against COVID-19.




    Secretary Xavier Becerra
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  • U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Releases Project [email protected] Draft Technical Specification Version 1.0 for Comment

    U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Releases Project [email protected] Draft Technical Specification Version 1.0 for Comment | site |



    (Information contained in U.S. Department of Health and Human Services [HHS] press release dated: June 16, 2021) The Department of Health and Human Services Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) in collaboration with standards development organizations and a broad community of experts today released the Project [email protected] (‘USA’) Draft Technical Specification Version 1.0 for public comment. Project [email protected] was created to develop a unified, cross-standards, healthcare industry-wide specification for representing patient addresses to improve patient matching. “With a clear target and industry-wide commitment, it’s been amazing to see how much progress has been made in six short months,” said Steve Posnack, deputy national coordinator for health information technology. “We reall...
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  • HHS says Biden-Harris Administration Launches Relief Program to Improve Access to Affordable Water Services

    U.S. Department of Health and Human Services says Biden-Harris Administration Launches Relief Program to Improve Access to Affordable Water Services | site |



    HHS says "Bolstered by American Rescue Plan, HHS Announces $166.6 Million in Initial Funding to Advance Environmental Justice in Communities Historically Marginalized and Overburdened by Underinvestment in Access to Water and Wastewater Services"


    (Information contained in U.S. Department of Health and Human Services press release dated: June 2, 2021) Today, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), through the Administration for Children and Families (ACF), announced the official launch of the Low-Income Household Water Assistance Program (LIHWAP). This first-of-its-kind water assistance program will expand access to more affordable water and help low-income households affected by the COVID-19 pandemic pay their water and wastewater bills, avoid shutoffs, and support household w...
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  • U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Announces Additional Biden Administration Staff Appointments

    U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Announces Additional Biden Administration Staff Appointments | site |


    (Information contained in U.S. Department of Health and Human Services press release dated: May 25, 2021) Today, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced additional Biden Administration appointments: “HHS has made incredible progress expanding vaccine access, lowering health care premiums, and leading the advocacy charge for the American Families Plan,” said HHS Chief of Staff Sean McCluskie. “Our growing team reflects our commitment to continue fighting for the health of this country during a time of great need and even greater opportunity.” These new appointees join tens of thousands of career officials throughout the agency, whose expertise is critical for tackling the ongoing COVID-19 public health crisis, implementing the American Rescue Plan, ensuring Americans have access to quality and affordable health care, strengt...
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  • CMS Encourages Companies to Promote Quality, Affordable Health Coverage for Gig Workers

    Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Encourages Companies to Promote Quality, Affordable Health Coverage for Gig Workers | site |


    (Information contained in Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services press release dated: May 26, 2021) The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is encouraging online platform companies to share information with gig workers on their ability to enroll in affordable, quality, health coverage during the 2021 Marketplace Special Enrollment Period (SEP). Digital platforms – including Delivery Drivers, Inc., DoorDash, Lyft, Postmates, StyleSeat, Uber, and Wonolo – are participating in “Gig Workers’ Week of Action” to promote Marketplace healthcare plans to their workforces. Workers in the U.S., including those working with gig companies following COVID-19 related unemployment, may now be eligible for reduced premiums and increased savings for health insurance coverage on HealthCare.gov. Under the American Rescue...
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  • U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Announces 3 Billion Dollars in American Rescue Plan Funding for SAMHSA Block Grants to Address Addiction, Mental Health Crisis

    U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Announces $3 Billion in American Rescue Plan Funding for SAMHSA Block Grants to Address Addiction, Mental Health Crisis | site |


    HHS Secretary Becerra forms new Behavioral Health Coordinating Council


    (Information contained in U.S. Department of Health and Human Services [HHS] press release dated: May 18, 2021) The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) is distributing $3 billion in American Rescue Plan funding — the largest aggregate amount of funding to date for its mental health and substance use block grant programs. The Community Mental Health Services Block Grant (MHBG) Program and Substance Abuse Prevention and Treatment Block Grant Program (SABG) will disperse $1.5 billion each to states and territories (with the latter also awarding money to a tribe). This follows the March announcement of supplemental funding of nearly $2.5 billion ...
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  • U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Becerra Statement on Visit to Emergency Intake Site in Long Beach, California

    U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Becerra Statement on Visit to Emergency Intake Site in Long Beach, California | site |



    (Information contained in U.S. Department of Health and Human Services [HHS] press release dated: May 13, 2021) “Providing unaccompanied children a safe, healthy place is both our legal and moral obligation. That’s why today I visited the Long Beach Convention Center, an Emergency Intake Site that HHS launched three weeks ago, which has a potential capacity of 1,000 beds to help us meet the influx of arrivals. Our federal volunteers and the many staff members here today are working tirelessly to care for the children as we move to safely unite them with their parents or legal sponsors. While we have more work to do to meet the influx of arrivals and tackle the challenges this Administration inherited, we are making important strides. Last month, we doubled our capacity at shelters by adding more than 14,...
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  • CMS Issues Guidance on American Rescue Plan Funding for Medicaid Home and Community Based Services

    Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Issues Guidance on American Rescue Plan Funding for Medicaid Home and Community Based Services | site |



    Guidance Helps States Access Additional Federal Funds for Critical Services Supporting Older Adults and Individuals with Disabilities


    (Information contained in U.S. Department of Health and Human Services [HHS] press release dated: May 13, 2021) The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is issuing guidance on how states can receive enhanced funding, provided through the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (ARP), to increase access to home and community based services (HCBS) for Medicaid beneficiaries. These benefits provide critical services to millions of older adults and individuals with disabilities, allowing them to receive health services in their homes and communities, rather than in nursing homes and other institutions. Today’s guidance is a key tool to assist s...
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  • U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Statement on the Swearing-In of Andrea Palm as Deputy Secretary of Health and Human Services

    U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Statement on the Swearing-In of Andrea Palm as Deputy Secretary of Health and Human Services | site |



    (Information contained in U.S. Department of Health and Human Services [HHS] press release dated: May 12, 2021) Today, following a bipartisan confirmation by the U.S. Senate, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Xavier Becerra formally swore in Andrea Palm as Deputy Secretary. Palm previously served as the Secretary-designee of Wisconsin’s Department of Health Services and in several leadership roles at HHS during the Obama-Biden Administration. “I want to congratulate Andrea Palm, a lifelong public servant, for her bipartisan confirmation to serve as Deputy Secretary of Health and Human Services,” said HHS Secretary Xavier Becerra. “We are elated to have her join the HHS team. As a veteran of the Obama-Biden Administration and as the former top health official in Wisc...
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  • U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Announces Prohibition on Sex Discrimination Includes Discrimination on the Basis of Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity

    U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Announces Prohibition on Sex Discrimination Includes Discrimination on the Basis of Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity | site |



    U.S. Department of Health and Human Services says its Office for Civil Rights to Enforce Prohibitions on Sex Discrimination in Line with Supreme Court Decision


    (Information contained in U.S. Department of Health and Human Services [HHS] press release dated: May 10, 2021) Washington D.C. - - Today, the Department of Health and Human Services announced that the Office for Civil Rights will interpret and enforce Section 1557 and Title IX’s prohibitions on discrimination based on sex to include: (1) discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation; and (2) discrimination on the basis of gender identity. Section 1557 prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, or disability in covered health programs or activiti...
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  • Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Increases Medicare Payment for COVID-19 Monoclonal Antibody Infusions

    Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Increases Medicare Payment for COVID-19 Monoclonal Antibody Infusions | site |


    New payment policy for at-home administration


    (Information contained in Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services press release dated: May 6, 2021) As part of the ongoing response to address the COVID-19 pandemic, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has increased the Medicare payment rate for administering monoclonal antibodies to treat beneficiaries with COVID-19, continuing coverage under the Medicare Part B COVID-19 vaccine benefit. Beneficiaries pay nothing out of pocket, regardless of where the service is furnished – including in a physician’s office, healthcare facility or at home. Effective today, the national average payment rate will increase from $310 to $450 for most health care settings. In support of providers’ efforts to prevent the spread of COVID-19, CMS will also establish...
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  • U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Announces Additional Biden Administration Staff Appointments

    U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Announces Additional Biden Administration Staff Appointments | site |


    (Information contained in U.S. Department of Health and Human Services press release dated: April 27, 2021) Today, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced additional Biden Administration appointments: "The growing team at HHS is working tirelessly to end the COVID-19 pandemic and expand access to health care through President Biden's American Rescue Plan," said HHS Chief of Staff Sean McCluskie. "These appointees, under the leadership of Secretary Xavier Becerra, bring diversity and years of experience to the crucial mission of ensuring Americans' health and wellbeing." These new appointees join tens of thousands of career officials throughout the agency, whose expertise is critical for tackling the ongoing COVID-19 public health crisis, implementing the American Rescue Plan, ensuring Americans have access to quality an...
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  • GSA Launches Updated Regulations.gov to Improve the Integrity of Public Commenting

    U.S. General Services Administration launches Updated Regulations.gov to Improve the Integrity of Public Commenting | site |



    Site enhancements maximize operability and speed, supporting a consistent, high-quality user experience


    (Information contained in U.S. General Services Administration [GSA] press release dated: February 17, 2021)

    Washington - - The U.S. General Services Administration today announced a new version of Regulations.gov launching February 18, 2021. Regulations.gov is a federal shared service that provides the public with one-stop access to regulatory and deregulatory actions for over 200 federal agencies, including the ability to electronically submit comments. “GSA’s goal is to make it easier for the public to participate in the regulatory process,” said Office of Government-wide Policy Associate Administrator Krystal Brumfield. “The new Regulations.gov re-envisions the public site, with
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  • U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Announces Additional Biden-Harris Administration Staff Appointments

    U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Announces Additional Biden-Harris Administration Staff Appointments | site |



    (Information contained in U.S. Department of Health and Human Services press release dated: March 2, 2021) Today, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced additional Biden-Harris Administration appointments, building on an experienced team committed to President Biden’s mission to end the COVID-19 pandemic, expand affordable health care, and advance equity. “President Biden’s team at HHS is growing quickly and continues to work tirelessly to end the COVID pandemic and address our many health challenges,” said HHS Chief of Staff Sean McCluskie. “Our appointees will work hand-in-hand with our dedicated team of career officials throughout HHS to protect and expand quality, affordable care to all Americans.” These new appointees join tens of thousands of career officials throughout the agency, wh...
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  • GSA Names Key Positions in Leadership Roster Bringing in Congressional, State, and Local Government Experience

    U.S. General Services Administration Names Key Positions in Leadership Roster Bringing in Congressional, State, and Local Government Experience | site |



    (Information contained in U.S. General Services Administration [GSA] press release dated: February 16, 2021)

    Washington - - Today, the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) announced the appointments of four key roles. These new appointees are:
    • Exodie Roe III, Associate Administrator, Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization
    • Roberto Rosas, Policy Advisor, Office of Congressional and Intergovernmental Affairs
    • Venecia Fernandez, Policy Advisor, Office of Congressional and Intergovernmental Affairs
    • LeJamiel Goodall, Senior Advisor to the Deputy Administrator
    • Laila ElGohary, White House Liaison
    “We are thrilled to have Exodie Roe III on board. His team will partner with the Federal Acquisition Service and the Public Buildings Service to broaden diversity, equity,...
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    U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Xavier Becerra to Require COVID-19 Vaccinations for HHS Health Care Workforce
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    U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Xavier Becerra to Require COVID-19 Vaccinations for HHS Health Care Workforce | site |



    Becerra: ‘Our Number One Goal Is the Health and Safety of the American Public, Including Our Federal Workforce’


    Action Will Impact More Than 25,000 Workers at IHS, NIH, and Members of the U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps


    (Information contained in U.S. Department of Health and Human Services press release dated: August 12, 2021)

    To increase vaccination coverage and protect more people from COVID-19, including the more transmissible Delta variant, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) will require more than 25,000 members of its health care workforce to be vaccinated against COVID-19.




    Secretary Xavier Becerra
    Staff at the Indian Health...
    08-13-2021, 10:47 PM
  • Staff Reporter 1
    U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Releases Project [email protected] Draft Technical Specification Version 1.0 for Comment
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    U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Releases Project [email protected] Draft Technical Specification Version 1.0 for Comment | site |



    (Information contained in U.S. Department of Health and Human Services [HHS] press release dated: June 16, 2021) The Department of Health and Human Services Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) in collaboration with standards development organizations and a broad community of experts today released the Project [email protected] (‘USA’) Draft Technical Specification Version 1.0 for public comment. Project [email protected] was created to develop a unified, cross-standards, healthcare industry-wide specification for representing patient addresses to improve patient matching. “With a clear target and industry-wide commitment, it’s been amazing to see how much progress has been made in six short months,” said Steve Posnack, deputy national coordinator for health information technology. “We reall...
    06-18-2021, 06:12 AM
  • Staff Reporter 1
    HHS says Biden-Harris Administration Launches Relief Program to Improve Access to Affordable Water Services
    by Staff Reporter 1
    U.S. Department of Health and Human Services says Biden-Harris Administration Launches Relief Program to Improve Access to Affordable Water Services | site |



    HHS says "Bolstered by American Rescue Plan, HHS Announces $166.6 Million in Initial Funding to Advance Environmental Justice in Communities Historically Marginalized and Overburdened by Underinvestment in Access to Water and Wastewater Services"


    (Information contained in U.S. Department of Health and Human Services press release dated: June 2, 2021) Today, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), through the Administration for Children and Families (ACF), announced the official launch of the Low-Income Household Water Assistance Program (LIHWAP). This first-of-its-kind water assistance program will expand access to more affordable water and help low-income households affected by the COVID-19 pandemic pay their water and wastewater bills, avoid shutoffs, and support household w...
    06-09-2021, 03:46 AM
  • Staff Reporter 1
    U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Announces Additional Biden Administration Staff Appointments
    by Staff Reporter 1
    U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Announces Additional Biden Administration Staff Appointments | site |


    (Information contained in U.S. Department of Health and Human Services press release dated: May 25, 2021) Today, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced additional Biden Administration appointments: “HHS has made incredible progress expanding vaccine access, lowering health care premiums, and leading the advocacy charge for the American Families Plan,” said HHS Chief of Staff Sean McCluskie. “Our growing team reflects our commitment to continue fighting for the health of this country during a time of great need and even greater opportunity.” These new appointees join tens of thousands of career officials throughout the agency, whose expertise is critical for tackling the ongoing COVID-19 public health crisis, implementing the American Rescue Plan, ensuring Americans have access to quality and affordable health care, strengt...
    05-28-2021, 07:48 AM
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    CMS Encourages Companies to Promote Quality, Affordable Health Coverage for Gig Workers
    by Staff Reporter 1
    Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Encourages Companies to Promote Quality, Affordable Health Coverage for Gig Workers | site |


    (Information contained in Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services press release dated: May 26, 2021) The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is encouraging online platform companies to share information with gig workers on their ability to enroll in affordable, quality, health coverage during the 2021 Marketplace Special Enrollment Period (SEP). Digital platforms – including Delivery Drivers, Inc., DoorDash, Lyft, Postmates, StyleSeat, Uber, and Wonolo – are participating in “Gig Workers’ Week of Action” to promote Marketplace healthcare plans to their workforces. Workers in the U.S., including those working with gig companies following COVID-19 related unemployment, may now be eligible for reduced premiums and increased savings for health insurance coverage on HealthCare.gov. Under the American Rescue...
    05-27-2021, 04:21 PM

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