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September 21, 2021 FDA Vaccine Advisory Committee Votes to Approve Booster for Certain Populations; Refrains from Approving Boosters for All Adults

This past Friday, the Food and Drug Administration’s Vaccines and Related Biological Products Advisory Committee (VRBPAC) met to debate and vote on Pfizer and BioNTech's application to offer booster shots to all adults 16 and older. The VRBPAC’s vote is non-binding, but the FDA generally defers to the VRBPAC’s recommendations.  

September 14, 2021 The Committee on Energy & Commerce Recommends $190 Billion for HCBS—Less Than Half Promised by President Biden, Senate Dems

The U.S. House Committee on Energy & Commerce recently released its recommendations for the budget resolution, and the recommendations include $190 billion for home- and community-based services (HCBS).

September 14, 2021 The Committee on Education & Labor Recommends Grant Programs to Support Competitive Integrated Employment and Direct Care Workforce

The U.S. House Committee on Education & Labor recently released its recommendations on the budget resolution, and its recommendations include grant programs to support competitive integrated employment and the direct care workforce. 

September 14, 2021 President Biden Releases COVID-19 Action Plan Addressing Vaccine Mandates

Last week, President Biden released the administration’s six-part COVID-19 Action Plan, including provisions requiring vaccinations in health care settings and vaccinations or testing for all employers with 100+ employees.

September 14, 2021 HHS Announces New Provider Relief Funding

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced $25.5 billion in new funding for health care providers affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.