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Jul 23, 2021 by Rick Pollack
The widespread belief that we have completely turned the corner in our fight against COVID-19 does not apply equally to all parts of the country. In many states and communities, the rate of COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations and deaths are moving in the wrong direction.  
Jul 22, 2021
Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, Sutter Health in Northern California used the range of its system to meet the needs of patients, staff and clinicians, from testing solutions to vaccine rollout.
Jul 22, 2021
State attorneys general announced a $26 billion proposed settlement with Johnson & Johnson and distributors McKesson, Cardinal Health and Amerisource Bergen over the companies’ alleged role in creating and fueling the opioid epidemic.
Jul 22, 2021
U.S. life expectancy fell by an average of 1.5 years in 2020 to 77.3 years, primarily due to COVID-19, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported.
Jul 22, 2021
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services reminded states’ Medicaid agencies that the Department of Homeland Security’s public charge final rule is no longer in effect, and that they “may only share information about a Medicaid applicant or beneficiary when sharing that information is directly related to administration of the Medicaid state plan.”
Jul 22, 2021
Sens. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., and Steve Daines, R-Mont., who cosponsored legislation that repealed the McCarran-Ferguson antitrust exemption for commercial health insurers, asked the Federal Trade Commission and Department of Justice to update them by Aug. 4 on what their agencies have done to enforce the law.
Jul 22, 2021
The AHA Board of Trustees adopted a policy statement that supports hospitals and health systems that adopt mandatory COVID-19 vaccination policies, “with local factors and circumstances shaping whether and how these policies are implemented.”
Jul 21, 2021
The House Energy and Commerce Committee today advanced two AHA-supported bills to enhance maternal health care quality and outcomes, including in rural areas.
Jul 21, 2021
Reps. Cheri Bustos, D-Ill., Tom Cole, R-Okla., G.K. Butterfield, D-N.C., and Markwayne Mullin, R-Okla., today launched the bipartisan Congressional Social Determinants of Health Caucus, which will highlight opportunities to coordinate federal investments in health and social drivers of health such as food, housing and transportation.
Jul 21, 2021
Reps. Peter Welch, D-Vt., Suzan DelBene, D-Wash., Darin LaHood, R-Ill., and Brad Wenstrup, R-Ohio, yesterday reintroduced the Value in Health Care Act, AHA-supported legislation to strengthen Medicare’s value-based payment models and accountable care organizations.