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January 18, 2022 Build Back Better Act Remains on Hold as Senate Takes Up Voting Rights Legislation

The U.S. Senate has paused its negotiations over the Build Back Better Act. This week, the Senate is instead focusing on holding votes on a voting rights legislative package and discussions over the filibuster. 

January 18, 2022 CMS Releases Medicaid Long Term Services and Supports Annual Expenditures Report for Fiscal Year 2019

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released the most recent Medicaid Long Term Services and Supports (LTSS) Expenditures Report, which covers Fiscal Year 2019. L

January 18, 2022 CDC Director Rochelle Walensky Apologizes for Comments Hurtful to Disability Community

On Friday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Director Rochelle Walensky met with disability advocates to apologize for previous comments she made regarding the efficacy of the COVID-19 vaccine against serious illness from COVID-19 and the impact of the Omicron variant.

January 18, 2022 HHS Extends Public Health Emergency Declaration for 90 Days

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Xavier Becerra announced an extension of the public health emergency (PHE) declaration, which was set to expire on January 16. The extension is effective from the announcement on January 14 for another 90 days.

January 18, 2022 CMS Issues Updated Guidance on Vaccine Rule After Supreme Court Decision

Following the Supreme Court decision allowing the government to enforce the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Omnibus COVID-19 Health Care Staff Vaccination Rule, CMS posted new guidance. 

January 14, 2022 Supreme Court Blocks OSHA Vaccine Rule, Allows Administration to Enforce CMS Vaccine Rule

On Thursday, the U.S. Supreme Court issued two decisions regarding the Biden Administration’s COVID-19 vaccination efforts, blocking the OSHA vaccine-or-test rule and allowing the CMS vaccine rule to take effect nationwide.

January 11, 2022 U.S. Supreme Court Heard Oral Arguments in Cases Challenging OSHA and CMS Vaccination Rules

On January 7, the U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments for challenges to both the preliminary injunction of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Omnibus COVID-19 Health Care Staff Vaccination Interim Final Rule (IFR) and enforcement of the Occupational and Safety Health Administration (OSHA) Vaccination and Testing Emergency Temporary Standard (ETS).

January 11, 2022 ANCOR Submits Comments to CMS on Health Care Staff Vaccination Interim Final Rule

On Tuesday, ANCOR submitted written comments to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Omnibus COVID-19 Health Care Staff Vaccination Interim Final Rule (IFR). 

January 11, 2022 FDA and CDC Announce New COVID-19 Vaccine Booster Recommendations

Last week, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued updated recommendations regarding boosters of the Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna vaccines.

January 11, 2022 EEOC Updates Technical Assistance Clarifying when COVID-19 May Be Considered a Disability

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) issued an update to its COVID-19 technical assistance guidance to include clarification about when COVID-19 may be considered a disability under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).