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October 19, 2021 Congress Returns This Week to Continue Negotiations on Budget Reconciliation Package

Negotiations over what will be included in the budget reconciliation bill have been ongoing, but the return of the U.S. House and Senate this week makes it more likely that some details of the package will begin to crystallize. Now is the time to take action and tell your members of Congress they must support full funding for HCBS in the budget reconciliation bill. Tell them: If not now, when?

October 19, 2021 FDA Advisory Committee Votes to Approve Moderna and Johnson & Johnson Boosters

The Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) Vaccines and Related Biological Products Advisory Committee (VRBPAC) held two meetings last week on COVID-19 vaccine boosters. The committee voted to approve booster doses of Moderna and Johnson & Johnson. The VRBPAC’s recommendations will now go to the FDA, which will make a final ruling soon. 

October 19, 2021 HHS Renews Public Health Emergency Determination

On Friday, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services announced it was extending the declaration of a public health emergency (PHE). HHS is renewing its COVID-19 public health emergency declaration for another 90 days effective October 18, 2021 through January 16, 2022.

October 19, 2021 Social Security Administration Announces Cost-of-Living Increase of 5.9% for 2022

On Wednesday, the Social Security Administration (SSA) announced a 5.9% increase in Social Security and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits 2022. The 2022 increase represents the largest increase in Social Security benefits in almost 40 years.

October 11, 2021 Congress Temporarily Avoids Debt Ceiling Crisis and Moves Forward on Reconciliation

Last week, Congress struck a deal to pass a temporary debt ceiling increase and avoid a fiscal crisis. With the debt ceiling crisis punted for a few more months, Congress is now returning its attention to finalizing the budget reconciliation bill.

October 11, 2021 FDA Advisory Committee Will Hold October Meetings on Moderna and Johnson & Johnson Boosters, Vaccines for Children 5-11

The FDA’sindependent vaccine advisory committee, the Vaccines and Related Biological Products Advisory Committee (VRBPAC), announced it will hold a meeting on October 26 about emergency use authorization for vaccines for 5- to 11-year-olds. The VRBPAC announced two additional meetings in October to discuss the use of booster doses of the Moderna and Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccines. 

October 11, 2021 White House Expands Access to COVID-19 Testing

On Wednesday, the White House announced that it would buy $1 billion worth of rapid, at-home coronavirus tests.

October 11, 2021 Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Invites States to Participate in State Medicaid Learning Collaborative on Supporting Adults with I/DD

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced it is hosting Supporting Adults with I/DD and Their Aging Parents &Caregivers: State Medicaid Learning Collaborative in November.  

October 5, 2021 ANCOR Issues Findings from 2021 State of America's Direct Support Workforce Crisis Survey

Last week ANCOR published its findings from the 2021 Direct Support Workforce Crisis Survey in the form of a brief summarizing the findings: The State of America's Direct Support Workforce Crisis 2021

October 5, 2021 HHS Opens Application Portal for $25.5 Billion in COVID-19 Provider Relief Funding

On September 29, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services opened its combined application for the American Rescue Plan (ARP) rural funding and Provider Relief Fund (PRF) Phase 4.