American Academy of Pediatrics urges Biden administration to declare emergency over 'unprecedented' RSV surge
The American Academy of Pediatrics and Children’s Hospital Association are calling on the Biden administration for assistance to combat an “alarming surge of pediatric respiratory illnesses.”foxnews.com
Biden Administration Declares Public Health Emergency Over Monkeypox Outbreak
By Stacy M. Brown, NNPA Newswire Senior National Correspondent@StacyBrownMediaThe Biden-Harris administration has declared monkeypox a public health emergency, a move they said would free emergency funding and improve the distribution of vaccines and treatments. We are taking our response to the next level by declaring a public health emergency,” Becerra stated. The World Health Organization has already declared a global health emergency. New York, the epicenter of the outbreak, Illinois and California have all declared public health emergencies. “I commend Secretary Becerra for heeding my call to declare the monkeypox outbreak a public health emergency,” said New York Democratic Rep. Carolyn Maloney, chair of the House Committee on Oversight and Reform.thewestsidegazette.com
Grand jury declines to indict woman in Emmett Till killing
A Mississippi grand jury has declined to indict the white woman whose accusation set off the lynching of the Black teenager Emmett Till nearly 70 years ago, most likely closing the case that shocked a nation and galvanized the modern civil rights movement.news.yahoo.com
Biden's realism approach runs head-on into liberal pressure
When it comes to the thorniest issues confronting his administration, the instinct from Biden and his White House is to often speak about what he can’t do, citing constraints imposed by the courts or insufficient support in a Congress that is controlled by his own party.
President Biden Issues Executive Order on Abortion
By Stacy M. BrownNNPA Newswire Senior National Correspondent@StacyBrownMediaWith intense pressure from Democrats and constituents nationwide, President Biden on Friday signed an executive order attempting to ensure access to contraception and protect abortion services. He previously noted that an executive order would fall short of any meaningful impact on the ruling. “No executive action from the president can do that,” Biden said last month when asking Congress to codify Roe v. Wade. The Executive Order addresses the heightened risk related to seeking and providing reproductive health care and would:Protect Patients, Providers, and Clinics. To ensure the Federal government takes a swift and coordinated approach to addressing reproductive rights and protecting access to reproductive health care, the President’s Executive Order would:thewestsidegazette.com
Post Politics Now Biden, Harris highlighting efforts to protect abortion rights
The president plans to announce an executive order to safeguard access to abortion medication and emergency contraception. The vice president will meet with lawmakers from states curtailing abortion rights.washingtonpost.com
US boosts monkeypox testing, 142 cases confirmed
The Biden administration has started shipping testing kits for monkeypox to commercial laboratories, in a bid to speed diagnostic tests for suspected infections for the virus that has already infected at least 142 people in the U.S. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is sending tests to commercial labs, including Aegis Science, Labcorp, Mayo Clinic Laboratories, Quest Diagnostics and Sonic Healthcare, which it said would significant expand the nation’s health system’s capacity to...
Medicare recipients to see premium cut — but not until 2023
Medicare recipients will get a premium reduction — but not until next year — reflecting what Health and Human Services Secretary Xavier Becerra said Friday was an overestimate in costs of covering an expensive and controversial new Alzheimer's drug. Becerra’s statement said the 2022 premium should be adjusted downward but legal and operational hurdles prevented officials from doing that in the middle of the year. Medicare Part B premiums jumped by $22 a month, to $170.10, for 2022, in part because of the cost of the drug Aduhelm, which was approved despite weak evidence that it could slow the progression of Alzheimer's.news.yahoo.com
The AP Interview: Health chief warns of COVID funds shortage
With the nation yearning for a new normal after its long struggle with the coronavirus, U.S. Health Secretary Xavier Becerra is warning that vaccines, tests and treatments will be “stuck on the ground” unless Congress provides additional funds the White House has demanded.
A retro feel to Biden's plan for covering OTC virus testing
The Biden administration’s plan for health insurers to reimburse consumers for over-the-counter COVID-19 tests is recalling the model of a bygone era when the companies processed large volumes of claims from individuals — with paper receipts.