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An estimated 9.6% of U.S. residents, or 31.1 million people, lacked health insurance when surveyed in the first six months of 2021, according to preliminary estimates from the National Health Interview Survey released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Texas filed a federal lawsuit challenging the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ interim final rule requiring COVID-19 vaccinations for workers in most health care settings that participate in the Medicare and Medicaid programs, including hospitals and health systems.
The House Energy and Commerce Committee passed by voice vote a modified version of the AHA-supported Dr. Lorna Breen Health Care Provider Protection Act (H.R. 1667). The changes align the House bill with the version passed by the Senate in August (S. 610).
The health care workforce challenges are a “national emergency” that demand “immediate attention from policymakers at every level of government,” AHA President and CEO Rick Pollack said on a radio spot that began running on stations throughout the country.
The FBI, Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency, Australian Cyber Security Centre, and United Kingdom’s National Cyber Security Centre released an advisory highlighting ongoing malicious cyber activity by Iranian government-sponsored actors targeting U.S. critical infrastructure sectors, including health care.