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Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) Update

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06/08/2021

HBMA COVID-19 Federal Response Update

Congress

  • On Thursday, the Senate Finance Committee will hold a hearing on the President’s Budget Request for the Department of Health and Human Services featuring testimony from HHS Secretary Xavier Becerra.

White House and Federal Agencies

  • The White House is softening its position on maintaining enhanced unemployment benefits. White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said that states have “every right” to begin phasing out the supplemental unemployment benefits. President Biden also made similar remarks that it makes sense for the benefits to phase out by September.
  • The White House Press Briefing room will end capacity limits on how many reporters can be in the room at one time.
  • COVID-19 Medicare spending shows higher financial burdens for rural residents and minority.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Updates

Economy, Vaccine, Testing and Treatment

  • Global COVID-19 vaccinations reached 2 Billion.
  • A new survey shows vaccine hesitancy continuing to decline  across the globe.
  • NIMHD announced it is awarding five new research grants that will examine barriers to increasing reach, access, and uptake of vaccination among health disparity populations.
  • CDC Director Rochelle Walensky is urging parents to vaccinate adolescents as the CDC is finding COVID-19 hospitalizations are rising in teens.
  • Vaccination rates are falling to new lows.
  • New research shows that the bamlanivimab COVID-19 antibody treatment reduces risk of COVID-19 in nursing homes.
  • At only 25 percent, vaccination rates among African Americans still lag behind that of other racial and ethnic groups.
  • The World Health Organization’s (WHO) COVAX global vaccine initiative has received $2.4 billion in committed funding.
  • The Labor Department’s May Jobs Report shows an improving unemployment picture. However, the gains were still below expectations of some economists and observers.