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  • HHS Secretary Azar Statement on Executive Order Supporting In-Person Schooling

    HHS Secretary Azar Statement on Executive Order Supporting In-Person Schooling

    U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Azar Statement on Executive Order Supporting In-Person Schooling | site |



    (Information contained in U.S. Department of Health and Human Services [HHS] press release: December 28, 2020) On Monday, President Trump signed an executive order directing HHS to allow funds available through the Community Services Block Grant program, administered through the Administration for Children and Families, to be used by grantees and eligible entities to provide emergency learning scholarships to disadvantaged families for their children who lack access to in-person learning. HHS Secretary Alex Azar issued the following statement: “During the COVID-19 pandemic, the Trump Administration has made it a top priority to support safe access to in-person education for American children. President Trump’s executive order will help children and families without access to in-person schooling to secure it with schol...
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  • U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Azar Statement on EUA for At-Home Use of BinaxNOW Card Test

    U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Azar Statement on EUA for At-Home Use of BinaxNOW Card Test | site |



    (Information contained in U.S. Department of Health and Human Services [HHS] press release dated: December 16, 2020) On Wednesday, the Food and Drug Administration issued a new emergency use authorization (EUA) for Abbott’s BinaxNOW COVID-19 Ag Card Home Test, allowing individuals to perform the test at home with a prescription. The test will be offered in partnership with a telehealth service that will guide users step-by-step and report all test results to the relevant public health authorities in accordance with local, state and federal requirements HHS Secretary Alex Azar issued the following statement: “FDA’s authorization of the BinaxNOW card test for home use means we should have tens of millions of COVID-19 tests in the coming months that Americans can use without leaving their home. HHS’s testing leadership ha...
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  • HHS Secretary Azar Statement on FDA Authorization of First Fully At-Home, Over-the-Counter COVID-19 Test

    U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Azar Statement on FDA Authorization of First Fully At-Home, Over-the-Counter COVID-19 Test | site |



    (The following information was contained in U.S. Department of Health and Human Services [HHS] press release: December 15, 2020) On Tuesday, the Food and Drug Administration issued an emergency use authorization (EUA) for the first over-the-counter (OTC) fully at-home diagnostic test for COVID-19 that does not require a prescription, the Ellume COVID-19 Home Test, which was developed with $30 million in support from the NIH’s RADx Tech program. HHS Secretary Alex Azar issued the following statement: “FDA has authorized the first COVID-19 test that you can purchase over-the-counter, take at home, and get a rapid result, representing a major breakthrough for Americans’ ever-expanding access to convenient COVID-19 testing options. HHS provided support for this new option through NIH’s RADx in...
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  • HHS Secretary Alex Azar Statement on FDA Authorization of First COVID-19 Test for Home Self-Tests

    U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar Statement on FDA Authorization of First COVID-19 Test for Home Self-Tests | site |




    (November 17, 2020) - - On November 17, 2020 the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) published the following information: On Tuesday, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued an emergency use authorization (EUA) for the first COVID-19 diagnostic at-home test, the Lucira COVID-19 All-In-One Test Kit, a molecular test that provides results in 30 minutes or less and is authorized for use by prescription only. HHS Secretary Alex Azar issued the following statement: “Making it possible for Americans to do their own rapid COVID-19 self-test at home by prescription is the latest addition to our constantly expanding arsenal of COVID-19 testing options. The Trump Administration has built the world’s largest testing system, and we will continue supporting both the development and manufacturing of cuttin...
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  • HHS Secretary Azar Statement on Moderna Vaccine Announcement

    HHS Secretary Azar Statement on Moderna Vaccine Announcement

    U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Azar Statement on Moderna Vaccine Announcement | site |



    (November 16, 2020) - - Today the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) published the following information:


    HHS Secretary Azar Statement on Moderna Vaccine Announcement

    On Monday, the National Institutes of Health announced that an independent data and safety monitoring board’s interim review of data from Moderna’s investigational COVID-19 vaccine suggests that the vaccine is safe and effective at preventing symptomatic COVID-19 in adults. HHS Secretary Alex Azar issued the following statement: “The Moderna/NIH vaccine candidate is now the second vaccine to show the potential for very high efficacy in Phase 3 trials. Operation Warp Speed has provided about $2 billion in funding and operational support for development, manufacturing, and eventual potential delivery of the Moderna/NIH vaccine. Th...
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  • U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services Azar Statement on Mental Health Executive Order

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    (October 5, 2020) - - Today, October 5, 2020, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) published the following information: On Monday, the White House issued President Trump's Executive Order on Saving Lives Through Increased Support For Mental- and Behavioral-Health Needs, which orders the creation of a Coronavirus Mental Health Working Group, co-chaired by the HHS Secretary and Brooke Rollins, Acting Director of the Domestic Policy Council (or their designees), the submission of a plan by the working group for addressing mental health impacts of COVID-19, and calls for agencies to maximize support, including safe in-person services, for Americans in need of behavioral health treatment. HHS Secretary Alex Azar issued the following statement: "We know that the COVID-19 pandemic has created or exacerbated serious behavioral health challenges for ma...
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  • U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Azar Announces Historic Expansion of Telehealth Access to Combat COVID-19

    U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Azar Announces Historic Expansion of Telehealth Access to Combat COVID-19| site |



    (March 17, 2020) - - Today, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services published the following information: On Tuesday, the Trump Administration and the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced unprecedented steps to expand Americans' access to telehealth services during the COVID-19 outbreak. The Centers for Medicare & and Medicaid Services (CMS) expanded Medicare coverage for telehealth visits, the HHS Office for Civil Rights (OCR) announced it will waive potential HIPAA penalties for good faith use of telehealth during the emergency, and the HHS Office of Inspector General (OIG) provided flexibility for healthcare providers to reduce or waive beneficiary cost-sharing for telehealth visits paid by federal healthcare programs. HHS Secretary Alex Azar released the following statement: "Thanks to the Public Health...
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  • U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Azar Statement on March for Life

    U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Azar Statement on March for Life

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    (January 23, 2020) - - Today (January 23, 2020), the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) published the following information:


    Secretary Azar Statement on March for Life


    HHS Secretary Alex Azar released the following statement regarding the annual March for Life and the Trump Administration’s continued efforts to protect life and conscience: “As thousands from across the country gather to march for life, I am proud to serve as part of the most pro-life administration in this country’s history, and I am immensely proud to join President Trump at the march as he becomes the first President to address this important gathering in person. President Trump believes that every life has inherent dignity and value, and it is an honor to lead a department that has demonstrated our full commitment to protecting the dignity of life fro...
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  • U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Azar Statement on Flu Vaccine Executive Order

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    (September 19, 2019) - - Today, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) published the following information: Upon President Trump’s signing of an executive order to modernize influenza vaccine manufacturing, Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar issued the following statement: “President Trump’s executive order to modernize influenza vaccine manufacturing reflects his commitment both to America’s national security and to America’s health. Faster methods of producing influenza vaccines will help keep Americans safer both from seasonal influenza, which kills tens of thousands of Americans each year, and from the potential of pandemic influenza, which is the single greatest biodefense threat our country faces. Under this executive order, HHS will lead on coordinating and advancing work to modernize influenza vaccine production, as part of ...
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  • U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Azar Declares Public Health Emergency in US Territory Due to Super Typhoon Yutu

    U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Azar Declares Public Health Emergency in US Territory Due to Super Typhoon Yutu




    (October 25, 2018) - - Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Alex Azar today declared a public health emergency in the Commonwealth of the Northern Marianas Islands (CNMI), a U.S. territory, due to damage from Super Typhoon Yutu. The declaration follows President Trump’s emergency declaration for the territory and gives the HHS Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services beneficiaries and their healthcare providers and suppliers greater flexibility in meeting emergency health needs. “We are working closely with territory health authorities, the local hospital and other healthcare facilities to save lives and protect health after this catastrophic storm,” said HHS Secretary Alex Azar. “This declaration will help ensure that our fellow Americans who rely on...
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  • U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Azar Meets with Specialty and Patient Groups Regarding Drug Pricing

    U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Azar Meets with Specialty and Patient Groups Regarding Drug Pricing






    (August 16, 2018) - - On Wednesday, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Alex Azar met with representatives of specialty-physician and patient groups to discuss the Trump Administration’s efforts to offer new tools for Medicare Advantage plans to negotiate lower drug prices for patients. The groups included the American Academy of Ophthalmology, the American Cancer Society’s Cancer Action Network, the American College of Rheumatology, the American Society of Clinical Oncologists, and Patients for Affordable Drugs. Secretary Azar was joined by Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Principal Deputy Administrator Demetrios Kouzoukas, Senior Advisor for Drug Pricing Reform Dan Best, and Advisor to the Secretary John O’Br...
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  • U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar Delivers ALEC Speech and Participates in Louisiana Healthcare Leaders Roundtable

    U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar Delivers ALEC Speech and Participates in Louisiana Healthcare Leaders Roundtable





    (August 9, 2018) - - On Thursday, Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar delivered remarks at the 45th American Legislative Exchange Council Annual Meeting in New Orleans, Louisiana. His remarks focused on the Trump Administration’s commitment to working with and challenging states to improve healthcare. Here is a key excerpt from his speech: “From administering Medicaid programs to providing mental health services, retiree healthcare, and public health programs, states have a major role to play in running America’s healthcare system. But we don’t just want you administering our system as it stands today. This administration believes states should play a vital role in driving American healthcare forward.” Later in the ...
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  • U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Azar Statement on Passing of Former HHS Secretary Margaret Heckler

    U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Azar Statement on Passing of Former HHS Secretary Margaret Heckler






    (August 7, 2018) - - U. S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Alex Azar issued the following statement regarding the passing of Margaret Heckler, who served as Secretary of Health and Human Services from 1983 to 1985: “It is with great sadness that I have learned of the death of Margaret Heckler, former secretary of Health and Human Services. Secretary Heckler lived a full life in devotion to serving her country. Over 30 years ago, under her leadership, HHS took on a task that laid the foundation for improving the health of millions of Americans. In 1985, Heckler created the Task Force on Black and Minority Health, charging it with researching and analyzing ‘the impact of a broad range of behavioral, societal and healthcare...
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  • U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Azar Praises Trump Administration Expansion of Health Insurance Options

    U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Azar Praises Trump Administration Expansion of Health Insurance Options



    (June 19, 2018) - - HHS Secretary Alex Azar issued the following statement regarding the Department of Labor’s release of a final rule on the regulation of Association/Small Business Health Plans:

    “This action by the Trump Administration will give more Americans access to affordable, high-quality health insurance coverage. Allowing small businesses and individuals to band together to offer new options is especially important because access to health insurance for employees of small businesses has narrowed over the years, including under the Affordable Care Act. We look forward to leading continued work across the Trump Administration to open up more options for affordable, accessible, private health coverage.”






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  • U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Azar and Surgeon General Adams Praise Private Sector Support for Naloxone Advisory

    U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Azar and Surgeon General Adams Praise Private Sector Support for Naloxone Advisory



    (April 25, 2018) - - Today, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services published the following information: Following the early April release of the Surgeon General’s Advisory on Naloxone and Opioid Overdose, which recommended that opioid treatment providers prescribe or dispense naloxone to patients with elevated risk of overdose, two naloxone manufacturers (Adapt Pharma and kaleo, Inc.) announced this week that they will be partnering with the National Council on Behavioral Health to distribute 30,000 doses of donated naloxone to National Council members. Upon the announcement, Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar released the following statement: “Thousands of Americans are alive today thanks to the use of naloxone, and this week’s generous donation...
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    HHS Secretary Azar Statement on Executive Order Supporting In-Person Schooling
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    U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Azar Statement on Executive Order Supporting In-Person Schooling | site |



    (Information contained in U.S. Department of Health and Human Services [HHS] press release: December 28, 2020) On Monday, President Trump signed an executive order directing HHS to allow funds available through the Community Services Block Grant program, administered through the Administration for Children and Families, to be used by grantees and eligible entities to provide emergency learning scholarships to disadvantaged families for their children who lack access to in-person learning. HHS Secretary Alex Azar issued the following statement: “During the COVID-19 pandemic, the Trump Administration has made it a top priority to support safe access to in-person education for American children. President Trump’s executive order will help children and families without access to in-person schooling to secure it with schol...
    12-29-2020, 12:11 PM
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    U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Azar Statement on EUA for At-Home Use of BinaxNOW Card Test
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    U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Azar Statement on EUA for At-Home Use of BinaxNOW Card Test | site |



    (Information contained in U.S. Department of Health and Human Services [HHS] press release dated: December 16, 2020) On Wednesday, the Food and Drug Administration issued a new emergency use authorization (EUA) for Abbott’s BinaxNOW COVID-19 Ag Card Home Test, allowing individuals to perform the test at home with a prescription. The test will be offered in partnership with a telehealth service that will guide users step-by-step and report all test results to the relevant public health authorities in accordance with local, state and federal requirements HHS Secretary Alex Azar issued the following statement: “FDA’s authorization of the BinaxNOW card test for home use means we should have tens of millions of COVID-19 tests in the coming months that Americans can use without leaving their home. HHS’s testing leadership ha...
    12-18-2020, 01:45 PM
  • Staff Reporter 1
    HHS Secretary Azar Statement on FDA Authorization of First Fully At-Home, Over-the-Counter COVID-19 Test
    by Staff Reporter 1
    U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Azar Statement on FDA Authorization of First Fully At-Home, Over-the-Counter COVID-19 Test | site |



    (The following information was contained in U.S. Department of Health and Human Services [HHS] press release: December 15, 2020) On Tuesday, the Food and Drug Administration issued an emergency use authorization (EUA) for the first over-the-counter (OTC) fully at-home diagnostic test for COVID-19 that does not require a prescription, the Ellume COVID-19 Home Test, which was developed with $30 million in support from the NIH’s RADx Tech program. HHS Secretary Alex Azar issued the following statement: “FDA has authorized the first COVID-19 test that you can purchase over-the-counter, take at home, and get a rapid result, representing a major breakthrough for Americans’ ever-expanding access to convenient COVID-19 testing options. HHS provided support for this new option through NIH’s RADx in...
    12-16-2020, 07:04 AM
  • Staff Reporter 1
    HHS Secretary Alex Azar Statement on FDA Authorization of First COVID-19 Test for Home Self-Tests
    by Staff Reporter 1
    U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar Statement on FDA Authorization of First COVID-19 Test for Home Self-Tests | site |




    (November 17, 2020) - - On November 17, 2020 the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) published the following information: On Tuesday, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued an emergency use authorization (EUA) for the first COVID-19 diagnostic at-home test, the Lucira COVID-19 All-In-One Test Kit, a molecular test that provides results in 30 minutes or less and is authorized for use by prescription only. HHS Secretary Alex Azar issued the following statement: “Making it possible for Americans to do their own rapid COVID-19 self-test at home by prescription is the latest addition to our constantly expanding arsenal of COVID-19 testing options. The Trump Administration has built the world’s largest testing system, and we will continue supporting both the development and manufacturing of cuttin...
    11-19-2020, 05:02 AM
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    HHS Secretary Azar Statement on Moderna Vaccine Announcement
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    U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Azar Statement on Moderna Vaccine Announcement | site |



    (November 16, 2020) - - Today the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) published the following information:


    HHS Secretary Azar Statement on Moderna Vaccine Announcement

    On Monday, the National Institutes of Health announced that an independent data and safety monitoring board’s interim review of data from Moderna’s investigational COVID-19 vaccine suggests that the vaccine is safe and effective at preventing symptomatic COVID-19 in adults. HHS Secretary Alex Azar issued the following statement: “The Moderna/NIH vaccine candidate is now the second vaccine to show the potential for very high efficacy in Phase 3 trials. Operation Warp Speed has provided about $2 billion in funding and operational support for development, manufacturing, and eventual potential delivery of the Moderna/NIH vaccine. Th...
    11-16-2020, 08:45 PM

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