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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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  • ICE to Close Two Detention Centers

    ICE to Close Two Detention Centers

    U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement to Close Two Detention Centers | site |



    DHS says Secretary Mayorkas will continue to review detention facilities and health and safety standards


    (Information contained in U.S. Department of Homeland Security [DHS] press release dated: May 20, 2021) Washington - - Today, Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro N. Mayorkas directed U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to discontinue use of the C. Carlos Carreiro Immigration Detention Center in North Dartmouth, Massachusetts by transferring the remaining detained noncitizens out of the facility and terminating the Intergovernmental Services Agreement with the Bristol County Sheriff’s Office (BCSO) and the 287(g) agreement with the BCSO that is no longer operationally needed. In a memo to ICE Acting Director Tae Johnson, Secretary Mayorkas stated, “Allow me to state one foundational principle: we will not tolerate the mistreatment of ind...
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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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  • Centers For Medicare and Medicaid Services Offers Comprehensive Support to the State of Texas to Combat Winter Storm

    Centers For Medicare and Medicaid Services Offers Comprehensive Support to the State of Texas to Combat Winter Storm | site |



    (Information contained in Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services [CMS] press release dated: February 22, 2021)

    The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced today that efforts are underway to support Texas in response to severe winter storms that have affected the state over the past several days. On February 17, 2021, Health and Human Services Acting Secretary Norris Cochran declared a public health emergency (PHE) for Texas retroactive to February 11, 2021. CMS is working to ensure hospitals and other facilities can continue operations and provide access to care despite the effects of the storm.

    Below are key administrative actions CMS is taking in response to the PHE declared in Texas:

    Waivers and Flexibilities for Hospitals and other Healthcare Facilities: CMS has
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  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Offers Winter Safety Tips

    Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Offers Winter Safety Tips

    Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Offers Winter Safety Tips | site |



    (Information contained in Centers for Disease Control and Prevention press release dated: February 17, 2021)

    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has been closely following the extreme weather events across the country and offers these tips to help keep you and your family safe.

    Learn how to protect yourself from deadly carbon monoxide poisoning: Carbon monoxide (CO) is produced by furnaces, vehicles, portable generators, stoves, lanterns, gas ranges, or burning wood. You can protect yourself from common sources of carbon monoxide poisoning, which can lead to serious illness or death. For example, don’t ever heat your house with a gas oven or burn anything in a stove or fireplace that is not vented. And if your power goes out, remember to never use a generator, charcoal grill, camp stove, or other gasoline- or charcoal-burning
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  • Transcript of CDC Update on COVID-19 - - January 6, 2021

    Transcript of CDC Update on COVID-19 - - January 6, 2021

    Transcript of Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Update on COVID-19 - - January 6, 2021 | site |




    (Information contained in Centers for Disease Control and Prevention [CDC] press release dated: January 6, 2021)




    Please Note: This transcript is not edited and may contain errors.


    OPERATOR: AT THIS TIME, ALL PARTICIPANTS ARE ON LISTEN-ONLY MODE. SO, IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO ASK A QUESTION, PLEASE PRESS STAR AND THEN ONE.

    TODAY’S CONFERENCE IS BEING RECORDED. IF YOU HAVE ANY OBJECTIONS, YOU MAY DISCONNECT AT THIS TIME. AND NOW I WOULD LIKE TO TURN THE MEETING OVER TO MR. BENJAMIN HAYNES. SIR YOU MAY BEGIN.

    HAYNES: THANK YOU, BRITTANY. AND THANKS TO EVERYONE WHO HAS JOINED US FOR TODAY’S BRIEFING TO DISCUSS VACCINE SAFETY. WE ARE JOINED BY THE DIRECTOR OF CDC’S NATIONAL CENTER AND IS SENIOR FEDERAL OFFICIAL LEADING TODAY’S VACCINE EFFORTS. WE WILL BE JOINED BY DR. TOM CLARK,
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  • U.S. Small Business Administration Launches Largest Expansion of Women’s Business Centers in 30 Years

    U.S. Small Business Administration Launches Largest Expansion of Women’s Business Centers in 30 Years | site |


    20 Women’s Business Centers to Open Across America Supporting Women-Owned Small Businesses


    (Information contained in U.S. Small Business Administration [SBA] press release dated: January 4, 2021)

    Washington - - The U.S. Small Business Administration today announced grant funding and the historic launch of 20 new Women’s Business Centers (WBC) across America to serve rural, urban and underserved communities alike. The opening of the 20 new WBCs is the largest single expansion of WBCs across America in its 30-year tenure, and these centers will be pivotal to the success of women-owned businesses as they continue to recover during this time. The WBCs will be hosted in rural and underserved markets and widen the footprint and partnership with Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs). “Over the past severa...
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  • Transcript of CDC Update on COVID-19 - - December 30, 2020

    Transcript of CDC Update on COVID-19 - - December 30, 2020

    Transcript: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Update on COVID-19 - - December 30, 2020 | site |




    (Information contained in Centers for Disease Control and Prevention [CDC] press release: December 30, 2020)



    Please Note: This transcript is not edited and may contain errors.

    OPERATOR: WELCOME AND THANK YOU FOR STANDING BY. ALL LINES HAVE BEEN PLACED IN A LISTEN ONLY MODE FOR TODAY’S PREPARATION. THE CALL IS BEING RECORDED. IF YOU HAVE ANY OBJECTIONS, YOU MAY DISCONNECT AT THIS TIME. I WILL NOW INTRODUCE YOUR CONFERENCE HOST, MR. BENJAMIN HAYNES. YOU MAY BEGIN.

    HAYNES: THANK YOU EVERYONE WHO HAS JOINS US TO DISCUSS TWO, NEW VARIANTS OF THE VIRUS THAT CAUSES COVID-19 AS WELL AS COVID-19 VACCINES. WE ARE JOINED BY DR. HENRY WALKE, THE INCIDENT MANAGER FOR CDC’S COVID-19 RESPONSE AND DR. NANCY MESSONNIER, DIRECTOR CDC’S NATIONAL CENTER FOR IMMUNIZATION AND RESPIRATORY DISEASES, AND THE SENIOR FEDERAL
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  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention 2020 in Review

    Centers for Disease Control and Prevention 2020 in Review

    Centers for Disease Control and Prevention 2020 in Review | site |



    (Information contained in Centers for Disease Control and Prevention [CDC] press release: December 29, 2020)

    In 2020 CDC worked around the clock – and around the globe – to protect Americans from health threats. While the COVID-19 pandemic has dominated the news, a number of other public health and scientific advancements are worth highlighting.

    “This has been a year of challenges, but also of innovation, modernization, and advancement in public health,” said Dr. Robert R. Redfield, CDC Director. “I am hopeful for the future and the months to come as CDC continues to secure the safety of the American people and this Nation.”


    Fighting the COVID-19 Pandemic

    As 2020 draws to a close, COVID-19 cases and deaths continue to rise across the United States. This is the worst pandemic to hit Americans in over 100 years. CDC urges everyone to help us stop...
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  • U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Launches Single Access Point to all VA Contact Centers

    U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Launches Single Access Point to all VA Contact Centers | site |


    (Information contained in U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs press release: December 16, 2020)

    Washington - - The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced today, the formal launch of 1-800-MyVA411 (1-800-698-2411), a single access point to all VA contact centers.

    The number is available 24 hours-a-day, 365 days-a-year to serve Veterans, their families, caregivers and survivors.

    Responding to Veteran feedback on the challenges of knowing the right number for VA assistance, 1-800-MyVA411, serves all members of the Veteran community seeking information or help. Veterans and their families can still reach the Veterans Crisis Line directly at 1-800-273-8255 and pressing 1, by Chat or by texting 838255. The White House VA Hotline is also still available at 1-855-948-2311 for Veterans and their families to share compliments
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  • CDC expands Local Area Health Estimates to Include Data for the Entire U.S.

    CDC expands Local Area Health Estimates to Include Data for the Entire U.S.

    Centers for Disease Control and Prevention expands Local Area Health Estimates to Include Data for the Entire U.S. | site |


    New PLACES data help inform local health decisions


    (Information contained in Centers for Disease Control and Prevention [CDC] press release: December 9, 2020)

    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has announced the expansion of the 500 Cities Project, a 2016 initiative to provide city- and neighborhood-level health estimates for a large portion of the nation’s population. The project is being renamed PLACES, and now provides Population Level Analysis and Community Estimates to the entire United States to show the prevalence of chronic diseases and the health impacts on underserved communities. Many Americans face health-related challenges like chronic respiratory diseases, heart disease, diabetes, and obesity that put them at increased risk for severe illness from diseases such as COVID-19
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  • CDC Statement Regarding ACIP Recommendations

    CDC Statement Regarding ACIP Recommendations

    Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Statement regarding Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) Recommendations | site |



    (Information contained in Centers for Disease Control and Prevention [CDC] press release: December 3, 2020) CDC Director Dr. Robert Redfield would like to thank the ACIP for all of their work in crafting these recommendations as interim guidance that both 1) health care personnel and 2) residents of long-term care facilities be offered COVID-19 vaccine in the initial phase of the vaccination program. Dr. Redfield supports their recommendations and has signed the memo and accepted these interim recommendations. Dr. Redfield looks forward to future recommendations that, based on vaccine availability, demonstrate that we as a Nation also prioritize the elderly (>70 yo) who reside in multi-generation households. Often our Hispanic, Black and Tribal Nations families care for their elderly in multigenerational house...
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  • CDC says 50.6 Million U.S. Adults Currently Use Tobacco Products

    CDC says 50.6 Million U.S. Adults Currently Use Tobacco Products

    Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says 50.6 Million U.S. Adults Currently Use Tobacco Products | site |


    Cigarettes remain most used tobacco product in 2019


    (Information contained in Centers for Disease Control and Prevention [CDC] press release: November 19, 2020)

    Findings from a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report released today show that approximately 1 in 5 U.S. adults reported currently using a tobacco product in 2019, with about 80% of those adults reporting that they use combustible products such as cigarettes. To assess recent national estimates of tobacco product use among U.S. adults 18 years or older, CDC analyzed data from the 2019 National Health Interview Survey. The survey measured use of five tobacco products: cigarettes, cigars (cigars, cigarillos, or filtered little cigars), pipes (regular pipes, water pipes, or hookahs), e-cigarettes, and smokeless tobacco (ch
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  • CDC says Ebola Outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo Ends

    CDC says Ebola Outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo Ends

    U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says Ebola Outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo Ends | site |


    (November 18, 2020) - - Today the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention published the following information: The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) joins the global public health community in marking the end of the Ebola Virus Disease (Ebola) outbreak in Equateur Province. Today marks 42 days, or two incubation periods, since the last survivor tested negative for the virus. This allows the DRC Ministry of Health (MOH) and the World Health Organization to officially announce the outbreak over. “This is a tremendous accomplishment, particularly in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic,” said CDC Director Robert R. Redfield, M.D. “CDC congratulates the DRC Ministry of Health and partners who have worked tirelessly to overcome challenges and bring this Ebola outbreak to an end.” Reaching this milestone is a gre...
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  • CDC issues Cruise Line Crew Member Disembarkation Rules and Guidelines

    CDC issues Cruise Line Crew Member Disembarkation Rules and Guidelines

    Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issues Cruise Line Crew Member Disembarkation Rules and Guidelines | site |



    (November 11, 2020) - - The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has published "Crew Disembarkations through Commercial Travel" and "Criteria for Commercial Transport of Crew" rules and guidelines.

    Included in the CDC's published rules and guidelines is the following statement:


    "CDC is allowing crew members to disembark from all cruise ships in U.S. waters with certain precautions."

    The published rules and guidelines may be viewed at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019...al-travel.html or press HERE



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    CMS Encourages Companies to Promote Quality, Affordable Health Coverage for Gig Workers
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    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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    ICE to Close Two Detention Centers
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    U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement to Close Two Detention Centers | site |



    DHS says Secretary Mayorkas will continue to review detention facilities and health and safety standards


    (Information contained in U.S. Department of Homeland Security [DHS] press release dated: May 20, 2021) Washington - - Today, Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro N. Mayorkas directed U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to discontinue use of the C. Carlos Carreiro Immigration Detention Center in North Dartmouth, Massachusetts by transferring the remaining detained noncitizens out of the facility and terminating the Intergovernmental Services Agreement with the Bristol County Sheriff’s Office (BCSO) and the 287(g) agreement with the BCSO that is no longer operationally needed. In a memo to ICE Acting Director Tae Johnson, Secretary Mayorkas stated, “Allow me to state one foundational principle: we will not tolerate the mistreatment of ind...
    05-22-2021, 02:44 AM
  • Staff Reporter 1
    Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Increases Medicare Payment for COVID-19 Monoclonal Antibody Infusions
    by Staff Reporter 1
    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...
    05-07-2021, 02:28 AM
  • Staff Reporter 1
    Centers For Medicare and Medicaid Services Offers Comprehensive Support to the State of Texas to Combat Winter Storm
    by Staff Reporter 1
    Centers For Medicare and Medicaid Services Offers Comprehensive Support to the State of Texas to Combat Winter Storm | site |



    (Information contained in Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services [CMS] press release dated: February 22, 2021)

    The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced today that efforts are underway to support Texas in response to severe winter storms that have affected the state over the past several days. On February 17, 2021, Health and Human Services Acting Secretary Norris Cochran declared a public health emergency (PHE) for Texas retroactive to February 11, 2021. CMS is working to ensure hospitals and other facilities can continue operations and provide access to care despite the effects of the storm.

    Below are key administrative actions CMS is taking in response to the PHE declared in Texas:

    Waivers and Flexibilities for Hospitals and other Healthcare Facilities: CMS has
    ...
    02-25-2021, 09:14 AM
  • Staff Reporter 1
    Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Offers Winter Safety Tips
    by Staff Reporter 1
    Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Offers Winter Safety Tips | site |



    (Information contained in Centers for Disease Control and Prevention press release dated: February 17, 2021)

    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has been closely following the extreme weather events across the country and offers these tips to help keep you and your family safe.

    Learn how to protect yourself from deadly carbon monoxide poisoning: Carbon monoxide (CO) is produced by furnaces, vehicles, portable generators, stoves, lanterns, gas ranges, or burning wood. You can protect yourself from common sources of carbon monoxide poisoning, which can lead to serious illness or death. For example, don’t ever heat your house with a gas oven or burn anything in a stove or fireplace that is not vented. And if your power goes out, remember to never use a generator, charcoal grill, camp stove, or other gasoline- or charcoal-burning
    ...
    02-20-2021, 12:09 AM

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