Insurers Will Have to Cover 8 At-Home Virus Tests Per Month

The Biden administration announced the new guidelines as it continued to work to get coronavirus tests to people regardless of their insurance status.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #health-and-human-services-department, #health-insurance-and-managed-care, #tests-medical, #united-states-politics-and-government

Margaret Giannini, Champion of People With Disabilities, Dies at 100

After meeting the parents of children with a range of disabilities, she decided almost on the spot to start a clinic to treat such children exclusively.

#children-and-childhood, #deaths-obituaries, #disabilities, #doctors, #giannini-margaret-1921-2021, #health-and-human-services-department, #intellectual-disabilities, #mental-health-and-disorders, #new-york-medical-college, #westchester-institute-for-human-development

Federal Government Cuts Ties With Troubled Vaccine Maker

Emergent BioSolutions ruined millions of doses of Covid-19 vaccines. Now its $600 million deal is canceled.

#anthrax, #astrazeneca-plc, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #emergent-biosolutions-inc, #food-and-drug-administration, #government-contracts-and-procurement, #health-and-human-services-department, #johnsonjohnson, #kramer-robert-g, #vaccination-and-immunization

Biden Officials End Ban on Abortion Referrals at Federally Funded Clinics

The change reversed a key piece of abortion policy set under the Trump administration.

#abortion, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #birth-control-and-family-planning, #health-and-human-services-department, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government

Medicare Expansion Clashes With Health Care for the Poor as Budget Bill Shrinks

Under pressure to cut the bill’s cost, Democrats disagree over whether to offer more benefits to older Americans or to cover more of the working poor.

#democratic-party, #health-and-human-services-department, #health-insurance-and-managed-care, #house-committee-on-ways-and-means, #medicaid, #medicare, #united-states-politics-and-government

Biden Administration Seeks to Expand Telehealth in Rural America

New funding will allow more medical appointments to take place via video in rural communities, where some of the nation’s oldest and sickest patients live.

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Phony Diagnoses Hide High Rates of Drugging at Nursing Homes

At least 21 percent of nursing home residents are on antipsychotic drugs, a Times investigation found.

#drugs-pharmaceuticals, #elder-care, #elderly, #health-and-human-services-department, #mental-health-and-disorders, #nursing-homes, #regulation-and-deregulation-of-industry, #schizophrenia, #sedatives, #your-feed-healthcare

Inside the Afghan Evacuation: Rogue Flights, Hope and Chaos

President Biden has insisted that the evacuation of Kabul was done as efficiently as possible. But key documents obtained by The New York Times suggest otherwise.

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Biden Opens New Federal Office for Climate Change, Health and Equity

The office will be the first government effort to focus specifically on the public health dangers of global warming.

#air-pollution, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #global-warming, #health-and-human-services-department, #heat-and-heat-waves, #mccarthy-gina, #medicine-and-health, #united-states-politics-and-government, #wildfires

Alex Azar: Americans Need to Get a Covid-19 Vaccine

I oversaw the vaccines. They are safe and they work.

#conservatism-us-politics, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #health-and-human-services-department, #republican-party, #vaccination-and-immunization

Touring the Border, Harris Asked Questions, and Had Few Answers

Advocates pushed the vice president to end Title 42, a Trump-era rule that allows the government to expel migrants for public health reasons.

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Biden Officials Consider Phasing Out Rule That Blocked Migrants During Pandemic

Among the plans under consideration is whether to give migrant families a chance to apply for protections, and to possibly lifting the public health rule for single adults this summer.

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Vaccine Maker Earned Record Profits but Delivered Disappointment in Return

Emergent BioSolutions was awarded a $628 million federal contract with no competitive bidding. Top executives received big bonuses while factories mostly sat idle and tens of millions of Covid-19 doses were thrown away.

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Biden Administration Moves to Unkink Supply Chain Bottlenecks

A swath of recommendations calls for more investments, new supply chains and less reliance on other countries for crucial goods.

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Biden Recognizes Pride Month, Vowing to Fight for LGBTQ Rights

The official recognition is a turnabout from the policies of President Donald J. Trump, who refused to acknowledge the celebration.

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Democrats Quieter About Migrant Children Detention

House Democrats led angry efforts to denounce the Trump administration’s treatment of migrant children. With the issue bedeviling President Biden, they are voicing worries privately.

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Big Hospital Chains Get Covid Aid, and Buy Up Competitors

The pandemic barely dented the financial outlook for some major networks, which continued to acquire weaker hospitals and ailing doctors’ practices. Critics worry consolidation leads to higher prices for medical care.

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Migrant Children Still Vex Biden

The Biden administration’s drive to empty detention centers at the border has created new concerns as children fill emergency shelters run by the Department of Health and Human Services.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #border-patrol-us, #child-custody-and-support, #children-and-childhood, #customs-and-border-protection-us, #health-and-human-services-department, #illegal-immigration, #immigration-and-emigration, #immigration-detention, #office-of-refugee-resettlement, #refugees-and-displaced-persons, #united-states-politics-and-government

In New Vaccination Push, Biden Leans on His ‘Community Corps’

Frantic efforts to vaccinate people in an underserved area of Philadelphia underscore a difficult new stage of the nation’s vaccination campaign, as door-to-door efforts become the norm.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #black-people, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-risks-and-safety-concerns, #health-and-human-services-department, #philadelphia-pa, #united-states-politics-and-government, #vaccination-and-immunization, #volunteers-and-community-service

Biden Administration Restores Rights for Transgender Patients

Officials invited people subject to health care discrimination to file complaints. But formal rule-making will be needed before a Trump-era policy can be fully reversed.

#becerra-xavier, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #civil-rights-and-liberties, #discrimination, #health-and-human-services-department, #health-insurance-and-managed-care, #homosexuality-and-bisexuality, #patient-protection-and-affordable-care-act-2010, #transgender-and-transsexuals, #united-states-politics-and-government

Biden Administration Prohibits Health Care Discrimination vs. Transgender People

The administration reversed a Trump administration policy that said the Affordable Care Act’s protections did not apply to transgender people.

#discrimination, #health-and-human-services-department, #patient-protection-and-affordable-care-act-2010, #transgender-and-transsexuals, #united-states-politics-and-government

‘This Is Politics’: Dr. Rachel Levine’s Rise as Transgender Issues Gain Prominence.

President Biden’s assistant secretary for health is the highest-ranking openly transgender person ever to serve in the federal government.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #content-type-personal-profile, #discrimination, #health-and-human-services-department, #levine-rachel-1957, #transgender-and-transsexuals, #united-states-politics-and-government

Overcrowded Border Jails Give Way to Packed Migrant Child Shelters

Federal documents indicate that while the Biden administration has cleared migrant children from border detention centers, now shelters run by the Department of Health and Human Services are strained.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #child-custody-and-support, #health-and-human-services-department, #homeland-security-department, #illegal-immigration, #immigration-and-emigration, #mayorkas-alejandro, #united-states-politics-and-government

In Another Reversal, Biden Raises Limit on Number of Refugees Allowed Into the U.S.

The action comes about two weeks after President Biden announced that he was leaving the Trump administration’s limit of 15,000 refugees in place, prompting a swift backlash.

#asylum-right-of, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #health-and-human-services-department, #homeland-security-department, #immigration-and-emigration, #refugees-and-displaced-persons, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government

Indian Health Service Settles Dispute Over Care in New Mexico

The federal agency agreed to postpone for a year its proposal to cut service at a hospital serving 9,100 tribal citizens.

#acoma-pueblo-nm, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #haaland-deb, #health-and-human-services-department, #hospitals, #indian-health-service, #native-americans, #united-states-politics-and-government, #vallo-brian-d

U.S. Shows Progress in Moving Migrant Children From Border Jails

New government statistics show a backlog of migrant children being held at Border Patrol facilities contrary to law has greatly diminished.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #border-patrol-us, #central-america, #child-custody-and-support, #health-and-human-services-department, #illegal-immigration, #immigration-and-emigration, #immigration-detention, #united-states-politics-and-government

Biden Administration Ends Limit on Fetal Tissue Research

The decision reverses Trump administration rules and allows scientists to use tissue derived from elective abortions to develop treatments for diseases including cancer and AIDS.

#abortion, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #fetal-tissue, #health-and-human-services-department, #international-society-for-stem-cell-research, #national-institutes-of-health, #research, #science-and-technology, #tissue-human, #trump-donald-j, #vaccination-and-immunization, #your-feed-science

Biden Administration Ends Limits on Use of Fetal Tissue for Research

The decision reverses Trump administration rules and allows scientists to use tissue derived from elective abortions to develop treatments for diseases including cancer and AIDS.

#abortion, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #fetal-tissue, #health-and-human-services-department, #international-society-for-stem-cell-research, #national-institutes-of-health, #research, #science-and-technology, #tissue-human, #trump-donald-j, #vaccination-and-immunization, #your-feed-science

The Covid-19 Plasma Boom Is Over. What Did We Learn From It?

The U.S. government invested $800 million in plasma when the country was desperate for Covid-19 treatments. A year later, the program has fizzled.

#american-red-cross, #antibodies, #blood, #blood-donation, #clinical-trials, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #food-and-drug-administration, #government-contracts-and-procurement, #health-and-human-services-department, #united-states-politics-and-government, #your-feed-healthcare, #your-feed-science

Biden Wavers on Restricting Refugee Entry

The Biden administration will for now maintain a historically low refugee cap. But after a widespread backlash from Democrats, the White House said it would raise refugee admissions in May.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #blinken-antony-j, #durbin-richard-j, #health-and-human-services-department, #homeland-security-department, #humanitarian-aid, #immigration-and-emigration, #jayapal-pramila, #office-of-refugee-resettlement, #refugees-and-displaced-persons, #sullivan-jacob-j-1976, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government

President Biden Wavers on Restricting Refugee Entry

The Biden administration will for now maintain a historically low refugee cap. But after a widespread backlash from Democrats, the White House said it would raise refugee admissions in May.

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Young Migrants Crowd Shelters, Posing Test for Biden

The administration is under intensifying pressure to expand its capacity to care for as many as 35,000 unaccompanied minors, part of a wave of people crossing the border.

#administration-for-children-and-families, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #border-patrol-us, #central-america, #citizenship-and-immigration-services-us, #domestic-policy-council-us, #health-and-human-services-department, #homeland-security-department, #illegal-immigration, #immigration-and-customs-enforcement-us, #immigration-and-emigration, #national-aeronautics-and-space-administration, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government

Biden Administration Announces Ad Campaign to Combat Vaccine Hesitancy

The public awareness push includes 275 participating organizations that will speak to communities where skepticism of the coronavirus vaccine remains high.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #health-and-human-services-department, #minorities, #online-advertising, #polls-and-public-opinion, #television, #united-states-politics-and-government, #vaccination-and-immunization

Biden Announces Actions to Combat Anti-Asian Attacks

“We can’t be silent in the face of rising violence against Asian Americans,” President Biden said after an assault on a woman in New York.

#asian-americans, #atlanta-spa-shootings-2021, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #domestic-violence, #federal-bureau-of-investigation, #hate-crimes, #health-and-human-services-department, #justice-department, #new-york-city, #united-states-politics-and-government

Biden Names Harris to Work With Central America on Migration

The president gave the vice president a prominent role in the politically charged issue at a time when thousands of children are being detained in facilities along the border.

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Rachel Levine Is First Openly Transgender Official Confirmed by Senate.

The Senate vote, 52 to 48, followed a contentious confirmation hearing that became a flash point in the battle over transgender rights.

#appointments-and-executive-changes, #health-and-human-services-department, #levine-rachel-1957, #senate, #transgender-and-transsexuals

Culture Wars Leave Biden Posts in Department of Health and Human Services Vacant

Fights over President Biden’s nominees to lead the Department of Health and Human Services have centered on transgender policies, abortion and contraception coverage.

#abortion, #appointments-and-executive-changes, #becerra-xavier, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #birth-control-and-family-planning, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #health-and-human-services-department, #transgender-and-transsexuals, #united-states-politics-and-government

U.S. Health Agency Jobs Go Unfilled

Fights over President Biden’s nominees to lead the Department of Health and Human Services have centered on transgender policies, abortion and contraception coverage.

#abortion, #appointments-and-executive-changes, #becerra-xavier, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #birth-control-and-family-planning, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #health-and-human-services-department, #transgender-and-transsexuals, #united-states-politics-and-government

Surge in Migrants Defies Easy or Quick Solutions for Biden

The administration expects more apprehensions at the border this year than at any point in the past two decades. Enacting policy to deal with the problems faces deep-rooted political and logistical challenges.

#arizona, #asylum-right-of, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #border-patrol-us, #california, #children-and-childhood, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #customs-and-border-protection-us, #el-salvador, #guatemala, #health-and-human-services-department, #homeland-security-department, #illegal-immigration, #immigration-and-emigration, #mayorkas-alejandro, #mexico, #texas, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-economy, #united-states-politics-and-government

Maggots, Rape and Yet Five Stars: How U.S. Ratings of Nursing Homes Mislead the Public

Nursing homes have manipulated the influential star system in ways that have masked deep problems — and left them unprepared for Covid-19.

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Facing Pressure, Biden Administration Scrambles to Shelter Migrant Children

The White House also revived an Obama-era policy that allows Central American children to apply for admission to the U.S. from their home country.

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President Biden Faces Challenge From Surge of Migrants at the Border

The president’s promise of a more humane policy is being tested as more unaccompanied children seek to enter the United States from Mexico.

#asylum-right-of, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #health-and-human-services-department, #homeland-security-department, #illegal-immigration, #immigration-and-emigration, #immigration-detention, #mayorkas-alejandro, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government

Declare Racism a Public Health Emergency

It would be more than just a symbolic gesture.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #deaths-fatalities, #discrimination, #health-and-human-services-department, #medicine-and-health, #race-and-ethnicity, #united-states, #vaccination-and-immunization

Where Do Vaccine Doses Go, and Who Gets Them? The Algorithms Decide

Health agencies and hospitals are using different formulas to allocate the coronavirus shots, exacerbating disparities in vaccine access.

#centers-for-disease-control-and-prevention, #computers-and-the-internet, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #health-and-human-services-department, #medicine-and-health, #pfizer-inc, #providence-healthservices, #vaccination-and-immunization

Biden Team Rushes to Take Over Government, and Oust Trump Loyalists

President Biden named nearly all of his cabinet secretaries and their immediate deputies before he took office, but his real grasp on the levers of power has come several layers down.

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For Prosecutors, Trump’s Clemency Decisions Were a ‘Kick in the Teeth’

Commutations in high-profile Medicare fraud cases have elicited anger among those who spent years pursuing complex prosecutions.

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Frustrations Boil at Pace of Vaccinations at Long-Term Care Facilities

The Trump administration raised hopes of a speedy process for nursing homes and assisted living facilities. Patience is wearing thin.

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Last-Minute Rule Seeks Term Limits on Top Career Health Officials

The Trump administration wants to mandate job reviews for top government scientists and managers every five years, which could lead to reassignment.

#food-and-drug-administration, #health-and-human-services-department, #law-and-legislation, #term-limits-political-office, #trump-donald-j

An 11th-Hour Approval for Major Changes to Medicaid in Tennessee

The Trump administration’s move, which Biden could eventually reverse, would loosen program rules and cap the state’s funding as part of a block grant.

#health-and-human-services-department, #medicaid, #tennessee, #verma-seema

Coronavirus Vaccine Demand Has Health Officials Turning to Eventbrite

Public health officials are using Eventbrite’s online ticketing platform to schedule shots. But appointments are still hard to find, and not everyone knows how to use the website.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #eventbrite, #florida, #health-and-human-services-department, #privacy, #united-states, #vaccination-and-immunization