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  • FDA Approves First Oral Blood Thinning Medication for Children

    FDA Approves First Oral Blood Thinning Medication for Children

    U.S. Food and Drug Administration Approves First Oral Blood Thinning Medication for Children | site |




    (Information contained in U.S. Food and Drug Administration [FDA] press release dated: June 21, 2021) Today, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved Pradaxa (dabigatran etexilate) oral pellets to treat children 3 months to less than 12 years old with venous thromboembolism (a condition where blood clots form in the veins) directly after they have been treated with a blood thinner given by injection for at least five days. The FDA also approved Pradaxa oral pellets to prevent recurrent clots among patients 3 months to less than 12 years old who completed treatment for their first venous thromboembolism. In addition, Pradaxa was approved in capsule form to treat blood clots in patients eight years and older with venous thromboembolism directly after they have been treated with a blood thinner given by injection for at least five days, and to preve...
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  • Treasury and IRS Announce Families of 88 percent of Children in the U.S. to Automatically Receive Monthly Payment of Refundable Child Tax Credit

    Treasury and IRS Announce Families of 88% of Children in the U.S. to Automatically Receive Monthly Payment of Refundable Child Tax Credit | site |



    First Payments to Be Made on July 15


    (Information contained in U.S. Department of the Treasury press release dated: May 17, 2021) Washington - - The U.S. Department of the Treasury and the Internal Revenue Service announced today that the first monthly payment of the expanded and newly-advanceable Child Tax Credit (CTC) from the American Rescue Plan will be made on July 15. Roughly 39 million households — covering 88 percent of children in the United States — are slated to begin receiving monthly payments without any further action required. Treasury and the IRS also announced the increased CTC payments, will be made on the 15th of each month, unless the 15th falls on a weekend or holiday, allowing families who receive the credit by direct deposit to plan their budgets a...
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  • Biden Administration Expands P-EBT to Benefit Millions of Low-Income and Food Insecure Children During Pandemic

    Biden Administration Expands P-EBT to Benefit Millions of Low-Income and Food Insecure Children During Pandemic | site |


    USDA Says SNAP Benefits Are Inadequate for Most Participants and Begins Process to Extend Emergency Allotments to States and Update Thrifty Food Plan Formula


    (Information contained in U.S. Department of Agriculture [USDA] press release dated: January 22, 2021) Washington, Jan. 22, 2021 — The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced several efforts today to expand nutrition assistance to hard-hit families across the country due to the coronavirus pandemic. In support of President Biden’s call to action on hunger and with authorities provided by Congress, USDA is increasing the Pandemic-EBT benefit by approximately 15%, providing more money for low-income families and millions of children missing meals due to school closures. Separately, in response to this national emergency, USDA is looking at ways to increase...
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  • NIH Observational Study of Coronavirus Infection and Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome in Children Begins

    National Institutes of Health Observational Study of Coronavirus Infection and Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome in Children Begins | site |



    (Information contained in National Institutes of Health [NIH] press release: December 16, 2020) An observational study has launched to evaluate the short- and long-term health outcomes of SARS-CoV-2 infection in children, including multisystem inflammatory syndrome in children (MIS-C), and to characterize the immunologic pathways associated with different disease presentations and outcomes. SARS-CoV-2 is the virus that causes COVID-19. The study, called the Pediatric Research Immune Network on SARS-CoV-2 and MIS-C (PRISM), will enroll at least 250 children and young adults ages 20 years or younger from diverse racial and ethnic backgrounds at approximately 20 sites nationwide. The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), part of the National Institutes of Health, is sponsoring and funding the study. ...
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  • CMS publishes Medicaid and Children’s Health Insurance Program Managed Care Final Rule Fact Sheet

    Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services publishes Medicaid and Children’s Health Insurance Program Managed Care Final Rule Fact Sheet | site |



    (November 9, 2020) - - On November 9, 2020 the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) published the following:


    Medicaid & Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) Managed Care Final Rule - CMS-2408-F

    Overview The announcement of the 2020 Medicaid & CHIP Managed Care final rule highlights the Trump Administration’s continued commitment to reduce administrative burden and cut red tape, support state flexibility, and promote transparency and innovation in the Medicaid and CHIP programs for the growing number of people in Medicaid and CHIP managed care. This final rule finalizes policies from the Notice of Proposed Rule Making issued in November 2018. Based on 2018 state Medicaid and CHIP enrollment data, eighty three percent, or around 66 million people, are enrolled in...
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  • IRS takes New Steps to Ensure People with Children Receive $500 Economic Impact Payments

    IRS takes New Steps to Ensure People with Children Receive $500 Economic Impact Payments | site |



    (August 14, 2020) - - Today, August 14, 2020, the U.S. Internal Revenue Service (IRS) published the following information:

    WASHINGTON — The Internal Revenue Service continues to look for ways to help people who were unable to provide their information in time to receive Economic Impact Payments for their children. As part of that effort, the Internal Revenue Service announced today it will reopen the registration period for federal beneficiaries who didn't receive $500 per child payments earlier this year.

    The IRS urges certain federal benefit recipients to use the IRS.gov Non-Filers tool starting August 15 through September 30 to enter information on their qualifying children to receive the supplemental $500 payments.

    Those eligible to provide this information include people with qualifying children who receive Social Security
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  • U.S. Food and Drug Administration finalizes Enforcement Policy on unauthorized Flavored Cartridge-based E-cigarettes that Appeal to Children, including Fruit and Mint

    U.S. Food and Drug Administration finalizes Enforcement Policy on unauthorized Flavored Cartridge-based E-cigarettes that Appeal to Children, including Fruit and Mint| site |



    Companies that do not cease manufacture, distribution and sale of unauthorized flavored cartridge-based e-cigarettes (other than tobacco or menthol) within 30 days risk FDA enforcement actions


    (January 2, 2020) - - Today (January 2, 2020), the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) published the following information:

    Amid the epidemic levels of youth use of e-cigarettes and the popularity of certain products among children, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration today issued a policy prioritizing enforcement against certain unauthorized flavored e-cigarette products that appeal to kids, including fruit and mint flavors. Under this policy, companies that do not cease manufacture, distribution and sale of unauthorized flavored cartridge-based e-cigarettes
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  • U.S. Department of Justice Announces 35 Million Dollars to Battle the Distribution of Methamphetamine and Another 35 Million Dollars to Assist Children Impacted by the Opioid Crisis

    U.S. Department of Justice Announces $35 Million to Battle the Distribution of Methamphetamine and Another $35 Million to Assist Children Impacted by the Opioid Crisis



    (October 25, 2018) - - Attorney General Jeff Sessions today announced $35 million in funding to support law enforcement agencies in combating the illegal manufacturing and distribution of methamphetamine, heroin, and prescription opioids, and another $35 million to establish new programs to provide services to children victims of the opioid crisis. The announcement was made at the Department’s National Opioid Summit, which coincides with Red Ribbon Week, a yearly October event encouraging students, parents, schools, and communities to promote drug-free lifestyles. Additionally, the upcoming Drug Enforcement Administration’s (DEA) National Prescription Drug Take Back Day on October 27 provides an opportunity for America...
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  • National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Directs Driverless Shuttle to Stop Transporting School Children in Florida

    National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Directs Driverless Shuttle to Stop Transporting School Children in Florida




    Washington, DC - - (October 19, 2018) - - The U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has issued a letter directing Transdev North America to immediately stop transporting school children in the Babcock Ranch community in Southwest Florida on the EZ10 Generation II driverless shuttle. Transdev’s use of the driverless shuttle to transport school children is unlawful and in violation of the company’s temporary importation authorization. NHTSA’s action aligns with the Department’s guidance related to automated vehicles, as most recently outlined in Automated Vehicles 3.0: Preparing for the Future of Transportation . "Innovation must not come at the risk of public safety," said Heidi King, NHTSA Deputy Administrator. "Using a no...
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  • Keeping Children Safe Around Space Heaters

    Keeping Children Safe Around Space Heaters

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


    By: Clarence William Page


    High Point, NC - - (October 23, 2018) - - A few years ago I wrote an article about the potential for children to be harmed by space heaters. I have filed that article away (among the many I have written) and no longer have it handy. Nevertheless, I will share some of the observations I made in that article. The article resulted from an experience I had in our home. I was standing near one of our upright (vertical) space heaters. The heater was tall enough to reach my waistline. After inadvertently standing near the heater for a few minutes I happened to touch my belt buckle and noticed that it was hot to the touch (not just hot but very hot). That got me to thinking. I surmised that a small child playing near such a heater could actually receive enough heat to cause serious dam
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  • Statement by U.S. Health and Human Services Deputy Secretary Hargan on Unaccompanied Alien Children Facilities

    Statement by U.S. Health and Human Services Deputy Secretary Hargan on Unaccompanied Alien Children Facilities




    (June 17, 2018) - - Health and Human Services Deputy Secretary Eric Hargan issued the following statement regarding the upcoming Congressional tours of the Unaccompanied Alien Children facilities: "We look forward to having several members of Congress tour HHS – funded Unaccompanied Alien Children (UAC) facilities in Texas and California today and tomorrow. Congress gave HHS the responsibility to care for these children and teenagers, and we take this legal mandate very seriously. It is our hope that as members tour the facilities they will see the facilities for what they are intended to provide: safe and healthy environments for children and teenagers to reside until such time as they can be released to an appropriate sponsor, while their immigration cases are adjudic...
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  • U.S. Department of Education Secretary Betsy DeVos Praises President Trump Call to Increase Access to Quality Education for All Children

    U.S. Department of Education Secretary Betsy DeVos Praises President Trump's Call to Increase Access to Quality Education for All Children




    March 1, 2017


    Washington, DC - - (February 28, 2017) - - Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos released the following statement after President Trump’s address to the joint session of Congress: Tonight, President Trump delivered on his promise to support school choice and offer students access to quality options. No child, regardless of their ZIP code or family income, should be denied access to quality education. For far too long, Washington has resisted calls by parents, students and teachers to enact meaningful reforms. Tonight’s speech marked a dramatic shift toward a future that puts the needs of our nation’s students first. Together, we can help our nation’s students: those trapped in underperforming schools and those slipping through the cracks. One of those students was Denisha M
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  • U.S. Department of Agriculture Study Finds Improved Feeding Practices Among Infants Participating in WIC

    U.S. Department of Agriculture Study Finds Improved Feeding Practices Among Infants Participating in WIC





    January 23, 2017


    Washington, DC - - (January 12, 2017) - - Breastfeeding rates increased sharply over the past 20 years among women participating in the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC), based on the findings of a new USDA study.

    The Infant Year Report from USDA’s WIC Infant and Toddler Feeding Practices Study 2 updates findings last collected in 1995. The new study found that 83 percent of mothers breast fed their babies, compared to 56 percent of mothers in the first USDA WIC Infant Feeding Practices Study.

    “The results of this ongoing study are very encouraging,” said Agriculture Under Secretary Kevin Concannon. “Research has shown that breastfeeding provides a healthy nutritional foundation for infants
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    U.S. Food and Drug Administration Approves First Oral Blood Thinning Medication for Children | site |




    (Information contained in U.S. Food and Drug Administration [FDA] press release dated: June 21, 2021) Today, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved Pradaxa (dabigatran etexilate) oral pellets to treat children 3 months to less than 12 years old with venous thromboembolism (a condition where blood clots form in the veins) directly after they have been treated with a blood thinner given by injection for at least five days. The FDA also approved Pradaxa oral pellets to prevent recurrent clots among patients 3 months to less than 12 years old who completed treatment for their first venous thromboembolism. In addition, Pradaxa was approved in capsule form to treat blood clots in patients eight years and older with venous thromboembolism directly after they have been treated with a blood thinner given by injection for at least five days, and to preve...
    06-22-2021, 09:08 AM
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    Treasury and IRS Announce Families of 88 percent of Children in the U.S. to Automatically Receive Monthly Payment of Refundable Child Tax Credit
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    Treasury and IRS Announce Families of 88% of Children in the U.S. to Automatically Receive Monthly Payment of Refundable Child Tax Credit | site |



    First Payments to Be Made on July 15


    (Information contained in U.S. Department of the Treasury press release dated: May 17, 2021) Washington - - The U.S. Department of the Treasury and the Internal Revenue Service announced today that the first monthly payment of the expanded and newly-advanceable Child Tax Credit (CTC) from the American Rescue Plan will be made on July 15. Roughly 39 million households — covering 88 percent of children in the United States — are slated to begin receiving monthly payments without any further action required. Treasury and the IRS also announced the increased CTC payments, will be made on the 15th of each month, unless the 15th falls on a weekend or holiday, allowing families who receive the credit by direct deposit to plan their budgets a...
    05-18-2021, 04:17 AM
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    Biden Administration Expands P-EBT to Benefit Millions of Low-Income and Food Insecure Children During Pandemic
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    Biden Administration Expands P-EBT to Benefit Millions of Low-Income and Food Insecure Children During Pandemic | site |


    USDA Says SNAP Benefits Are Inadequate for Most Participants and Begins Process to Extend Emergency Allotments to States and Update Thrifty Food Plan Formula


    (Information contained in U.S. Department of Agriculture [USDA] press release dated: January 22, 2021) Washington, Jan. 22, 2021 — The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced several efforts today to expand nutrition assistance to hard-hit families across the country due to the coronavirus pandemic. In support of President Biden’s call to action on hunger and with authorities provided by Congress, USDA is increasing the Pandemic-EBT benefit by approximately 15%, providing more money for low-income families and millions of children missing meals due to school closures. Separately, in response to this national emergency, USDA is looking at ways to increase...
    01-23-2021, 02:05 AM
  • Staff Reporter 1
    NIH Observational Study of Coronavirus Infection and Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome in Children Begins
    by Staff Reporter 1
    National Institutes of Health Observational Study of Coronavirus Infection and Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome in Children Begins | site |



    (Information contained in National Institutes of Health [NIH] press release: December 16, 2020) An observational study has launched to evaluate the short- and long-term health outcomes of SARS-CoV-2 infection in children, including multisystem inflammatory syndrome in children (MIS-C), and to characterize the immunologic pathways associated with different disease presentations and outcomes. SARS-CoV-2 is the virus that causes COVID-19. The study, called the Pediatric Research Immune Network on SARS-CoV-2 and MIS-C (PRISM), will enroll at least 250 children and young adults ages 20 years or younger from diverse racial and ethnic backgrounds at approximately 20 sites nationwide. The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), part of the National Institutes of Health, is sponsoring and funding the study. ...
    12-17-2020, 01:06 AM
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    CMS publishes Medicaid and Children’s Health Insurance Program Managed Care Final Rule Fact Sheet
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    Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services publishes Medicaid and Children’s Health Insurance Program Managed Care Final Rule Fact Sheet | site |



    (November 9, 2020) - - On November 9, 2020 the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) published the following:


    Medicaid & Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) Managed Care Final Rule - CMS-2408-F

    Overview The announcement of the 2020 Medicaid & CHIP Managed Care final rule highlights the Trump Administration’s continued commitment to reduce administrative burden and cut red tape, support state flexibility, and promote transparency and innovation in the Medicaid and CHIP programs for the growing number of people in Medicaid and CHIP managed care. This final rule finalizes policies from the Notice of Proposed Rule Making issued in November 2018. Based on 2018 state Medicaid and CHIP enrollment data, eighty three percent, or around 66 million people, are enrolled in...
    11-16-2020, 06:32 AM

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