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  • CDC and HHS Award 200 Million Dollars for Disease Intervention Specialist Workforce

    Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Award 200 Million Dollars for Disease Intervention Specialist Workforce | site |



    Funding awarded to 59 jurisdictions as part of the $1.13 billion investment over the next five years as part of the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021


    (Information contained in Centers for Disease Control and Prevention [CDC] press release dated: June 21, 2021)

    On June 18, 2021, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Department of Health and Human Services awarded 59 jurisdictions with $200 million to bolster support and enhance the disease intervention specialists (DIS) workforce. These awards represent the initial funding of the $1.13 billion investment being made over the next five years, consistent with the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 and will provide these jurisdiction public health programs and CDC with the
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  • HHS Issues Revised Notice of Reporting Requirements and Reporting Timeline for Recipients of Provider Relief Fund Payments

    U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Issues Revised Notice of Reporting Requirements and Reporting Timeline for Recipients of Provider Relief Fund Payments | site |



    (Information contained in U.S. Department of Health and Human Services [HHS] press release dated: June 11, 2021) Today, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, through the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) is releasing revised reporting requirements for recipients of Provider Relief Fund (PRF) payments. This announcement includes expanding the amount of time providers will have to report information, aims to reduce burdens on smaller providers, and extends key deadlines for expending PRF payments for recipients who received payments after June 30, 2020. The revised reporting requirements will be applicable to providers who received one or more payments exceeding, in the aggregate, $10,000 during a single Payment Received Period from the PRF General Dis...
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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 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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  • 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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  • HHS Awards 40 Million Dollars in American Rescue Plan Funding to Support Emergency Home Visiting Assistance for Families Affected by the COVID-19 Pandemic

    U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Awards $40 Million in American Rescue Plan Funding to Support Emergency Home Visiting Assistance for Families Affected by the COVID-19 Pandemic | site |



    (Information contained in U.S. Department of Health and Human Services [HHS] press release dated: May 11, 2021) Today, in recognition of National Women’s Health Week, and thanks to the American Rescue Plan, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), through the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), awarded approximately $40 million in emergency home visiting funds to states, territories, and the District of Columbia to support children and families affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. The Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting (MIECHV) Program supports the delivery of coordinated and comprehensive, high quality, voluntary, evidence-based home visiting services to children and families living in communities at risk for...
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  • HHS Announces Marketplace Special Enrollment Period for COVID-19 Public Health Emergency

    U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Announces Marketplace Special Enrollment Period for COVID-19 Public Health Emergency | site |



    2021 SEP provides access to health coverage during the pandemic


    (Information contained in U.S. Department of Health and Human Services press release dated: January 28, 2021)

    In accordance with the Executive Order issued today by President Biden, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), through the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), announced a Special Enrollment Period (SEP) for individuals and families for Marketplace coverage in response to the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency, which has left millions of Americans facing uncertainty and exceptional circumstances while millions of Americans have experienced new health problems during the pandemic. This SEP will allow individuals and families in states with Marketplaces served by the HealthCare.gov platform...
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  • HHS Amends PREP Act Declaration to Increase Workforce Authorized to Administer COVID-19 Vaccines

    U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Amends PREP Act Declaration to Increase Workforce Authorized to Administer COVID-19 Vaccines | site |



    (Information contained in U.S. Department of Health and Human Services press release dated: January 28, 2021) The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) today issued a fifth amendment to the Declaration under the Public Readiness and Emergency Preparedness Act (PREP Act) to add additional categories of qualified persons authorized to prescribe, dispense, and administer COVID-19 vaccines authorized by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. “To respond to the nationwide public health emergency caused by COVID-19, the Biden Administration is broadening use of the PREP Act to expand the vaccination workforce quickly with additional qualified healthcare professionals,” said HHS Acting Secretary Norris Cochran. “As vaccine supply is made more widely available over the coming months, havi...
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  • American Medical Association Statement on HHS Decision to remove Barriers for Opioid Treatment

    American Medical Association Statement on U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Decision to remove Barriers for Opioid Treatment| site |



    (Information contained in American Medical Association [AMA] press release dated: January 14, 2021)


    The following statement is attributable to:

    Patrice Harris, M.D., M.A. Chair, AMA Opioid Task Force Immediate Past President, American Medical Association “The AMA strongly endorses today’s decision by HHS to allow physicians to prescribe without a waiver highly effective medication for the treatment of patients with opioid use disorder. Patients are struggling to find physicians who are authorized to prescribe buprenorphine; the onerous regulations discourage physicians from being certified to prescribe it. The AMA urged HHS to change the regulations last year in order to remove a major barrier to reducing the nationwide epidemic of drug-related overdose and death.
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  • Statement from HHS Chief of Staff Brian Harrison on Promoting Fairness and Transparency in HHS Civil Enforcement Actions

    Statement from U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Chief of Staff Brian Harrison on Promoting Fairness and Transparency in HHS Civil Enforcement Actions | site |


    (Information contained in U.S. Department of Health and Human Services [HHS] press release: January 13, 2021)

    Today, HHS announced through a policy memorandum - PDF* that its operating and staff divisions will review and revise their procedures related to civil enforcement actions and adjudications to ensure that they promote fairness and transparency. Fairness and transparency foster public trust in administrative procedures and functions, and HHS is committed to acting transparently and fairly with respect to all regulated persons, including parties in administrative enforcement and adjudication proceedings. The policy memorandum directs HHS to provide additional specific protections to regulated parties who are the subject of civil enforcement actions. For example, HHS will
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  • HHS Launches Web-Based Locator for COVID-19 Outpatient Treatment Sites for Monoclonal Antibodies

    U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Launches Web-Based Locator for COVID-19 Outpatient Treatment Sites for Monoclonal Antibodies | site |
    • System helps doctors and patients find locations for COVID-19 outpatient treatment
    • Use of monoclonal antibody treatments could help reduce need for hospitalization in high-risk patients


    (Information contained in U.S. Department of Health and Human Services press release: January 11, 2021)

    A web-based COVID-19 outpatient treatment locator maintained by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is now available to assist healthcare providers and patients in finding potential locations for treatment with monoclonal antibody therapeutics. These medicines are authorized for emergency use in treating patients with mild or moderate COVID-19 who are at high risk of developing severe symptoms and requiring hospitalization. "We are focused intently on supporting healthcare providers in their efforts to save liv
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  • HHS Releases Advisory Opinion Clarifying that 340B Discounts Apply to Contract Pharmacies

    U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Releases Advisory Opinion Clarifying that 340B Discounts Apply to Contract Pharmacies | site |



    (Information contained in U.S. Department of Health and Human Services [HHS] press release: December 30, 2020) On Wednesday, the HHS Office of the General Counsel released an advisory opinion concluding that drug manufacturers are required to deliver discounts under the 340B Drug Pricing Program (340B Program) on covered outpatient drugs when contract pharmacies are acting as agents of 340B covered entities. The 340B Program requires drug manufacturers (in exchange for coverage of drugs under Medicaid) to offer substantial discounts to "covered entities," which include safety net hospitals, community health centers, and other institutions that serve vulnerable populations. Estimates suggest that discounts in the 340B Program can range between 25 and 50 percent and that approximately $30 billion of drugs are so...
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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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  • HHS collaborates with Merck to continue the Development and Large-scale Manufacturing of Investigational COVID-19 Treatment

    U.S. Department of Health and Human Services collaborates with Merck to continue the Development and Large-scale Manufacturing of Investigational COVID-19 Treatment | site |




    (Information contained in U.S. Department of Health and Human Services [HHS] press release: December 23, 2020)



    HHS, DOD collaborate with Merck to continue the development and large-scale manufacturing of investigational COVID-19 treatment

    The U.S. Department of the Health and Human Services (HHS) and the Department of Defense (DOD) jointly announced an agreement with Merck to support advanced development and large-scale manufacturing of the their investigational therapeutic MK-7110 to treat hospitalized patients with severe or critical COVID-19. The investigational therapeutic is a promising first-in-class fusion protein and immune modulator. Immune modulators have the potential to minimize the damaging effects of an overactive ...
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  • HHS publishes Guidance for National Guard Personnel Regarding COVID-19 Vaccines and Immunity under the PREP Act

    U.S. Department of Health and Human Services publishes Guidance for National Guard Personnel Regarding COVID-19 Vaccines and Immunity under the PREP Act | site |




    (Information contained in U.S. Department of Health and Human Services [HHS] press release: December 18, 2020)


    Guidance for National Guard Personnel Regarding COVID-19 Vaccines and Immunity under the PREP Act


    Today, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services through the Assistant Secretary for Health, extended coverage under the Public Readiness and Emergency Preparedness Act (PREP Act) to qualified National Guardsmen administering COVID-19 vaccinations that have been authorized or licensed by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). This will allow states and/or territories that wish to fully utilize National Guard health and medical personnel to increase access to COVID-19 vaccinations the flexibility to do so. ...
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    CDC and HHS Award 200 Million Dollars for Disease Intervention Specialist Workforce
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    Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Award 200 Million Dollars for Disease Intervention Specialist Workforce | site |



    Funding awarded to 59 jurisdictions as part of the $1.13 billion investment over the next five years as part of the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021


    (Information contained in Centers for Disease Control and Prevention [CDC] press release dated: June 21, 2021)

    On June 18, 2021, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Department of Health and Human Services awarded 59 jurisdictions with $200 million to bolster support and enhance the disease intervention specialists (DIS) workforce. These awards represent the initial funding of the $1.13 billion investment being made over the next five years, consistent with the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 and will provide these jurisdiction public health programs and CDC with the
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    06-22-2021, 06:48 AM
  • Staff Reporter 1
    HHS Issues Revised Notice of Reporting Requirements and Reporting Timeline for Recipients of Provider Relief Fund Payments
    by Staff Reporter 1
    U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Issues Revised Notice of Reporting Requirements and Reporting Timeline for Recipients of Provider Relief Fund Payments | site |



    (Information contained in U.S. Department of Health and Human Services [HHS] press release dated: June 11, 2021) Today, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, through the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) is releasing revised reporting requirements for recipients of Provider Relief Fund (PRF) payments. This announcement includes expanding the amount of time providers will have to report information, aims to reduce burdens on smaller providers, and extends key deadlines for expending PRF payments for recipients who received payments after June 30, 2020. The revised reporting requirements will be applicable to providers who received one or more payments exceeding, in the aggregate, $10,000 during a single Payment Received Period from the PRF General Dis...
    06-16-2021, 09:32 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 Secretary Becerra Statement on Visit to Emergency Intake Site in Long Beach, California
    by Staff Reporter 1
    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,...
    05-15-2021, 08:20 PM
  • Staff Reporter 1
    U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Statement on the Swearing-In of Andrea Palm as Deputy Secretary of Health and Human Services
    by Staff Reporter 1
    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...
    05-13-2021, 10:41 AM

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