White House promises crackdown on migrant child labor
The Biden administration says it is creating a new task force to crack down on an explosion of the illegal exploitation of migrant children for labor in the U.S. Hundreds of companies that employed nearly 4,000 children last year were found in violation of federal labor laws, a dramatic increase in the last five years.
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
HHS Secretary Becerra talks healthcare costs during RGV visit
Becerra traveled to the Valley from Washington D.C. at Gonzalez’s invitation to see firsthand some of the region’s most pressing healthcare concerns, including shortfalls in access to mental health care and the increasingly prohibitive costs of medications. At the beginning of his career, a vial of insulin cost as much as $30, Garza said. And they end up on dialysis — costing us as taxpayers an astronomical amount of money,” Garza said. At the end of the year, however, Medicare will claw back much of that money, if not more, Garza said. However, the secretary also chastised Senate Republicans for restricting that price to Medicare patients only.myrgv.com
U.S. Rep Mayra Flores urges additional funding for Hidalgo County CSA
U.S. Rep. Mayra Flores sent a letter to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services on Thursday requesting additional funding for the Hidalgo County Community Service Agency. “This is especially true in Hidalgo County, Texas, where the Community Service Agency (CSA) announced earlier this week that it had expended all funds under LIHEAP for 2022,” Flores wrote. Over 6,000 Hidalgo County families have received assistance under LIHEAP. “This guidelines of this program are designed to meet the needs of about 6-8% of the eligible families that apply. The need in our county, as in other counties, is far greater than the eligible resources,” Jaime Longoria, Executive Director of the Hidalgo County Community Service Agency, said in the news release.myrgv.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.
U.S. Department of HHS secretary reveals action plan to protect women’s access to reproductive health care in response to SCOTUS decision
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Xavier Becerra held a press conference on Tuesday to announce an action plan in response to the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade.
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...
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.