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.
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
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...
US lifts COVID-19 test requirement for international travel
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Biden administration is lifting its requirement that international travelers test negative for COVID-19 within a day before boarding a flight to the United States, ending one of [San Marcos, TX] [Hays County news] San Marcos News, San Marcos Record [Texas State]sanmarcosrecord.com
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.
Feds say no taxpayer money for safer drug-smoking pipes
Following outrage on the political right, the Biden administration said Wednesday that a grant program to help prevent additional harm to people who use illicit drugs will not pay for safer pipes to smoke crack or meth. “No federal funding will be used directly or through subsequent reimbursement of grantees to put pipes in safe smoking kits,” Health and Human Services Secretary Xavier Becerra and White House drug policy adviser Rahul Gupta said in a statement. White House press secretary Jen Psaki said separately that was never the intention, complaining that impression was created by “inaccurate reporting.”news.yahoo.com
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.