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– Executive Order by President Joe Biden it is the first federal response to transgender state limits on health care.
– 340 payment restrictions will not last in a decision of the Supreme Court that may announce the coming ones.
– An FDA panel recommends Covid shooting for children, bringing the government one step closer to expanding nationally.
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IT HAS TAKEN THE WAY TRANSGENDER HEALTH CARE GURUA – The President has instructed the Department of Health and Human Services to begin efforts to ban conversion therapy and expand access to gender-affirmation treatment in one of its first major decisions against the red state governor’s movements.
Biden signed an executive order on Wednesday to prepare guidelines for programs and states that offer discredited conversion therapy to HHS to deny federal funding to improve transgender and broader LGBTQ health practices. The order also targets health officials to increase access to and care for the reception system, where inequalities leave LGBTQ youth particularly vulnerable.
“Right now, young people are sitting in the bedroom, the doors are closed, silent, through social media, staring at the ceiling, wondering if they will ever be loved, if they will ever have a family, if their families will ever accept them,” Biden said at a White House ceremony. .
Biden continued to turn to the family rhetoric used by some conservatives to raise concerns about minors seeking gender reassurance: “I don’t have to say anything about the ultraMAGA agenda that attacks families and our freedoms.”
Some background: He was surrounded by teenagers from Biden Texas and Florida when he signed the order. Earlier this month, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis moved to end gender-sensitive care and banned Medicaid separately from covering hormone replacement therapies and treatments like sex change surgery.
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott in February compared gender-based care to “child abuse” and ordered state child protection services to investigate families with young people seeking care.
What’s next: Biden’s mandate is to “advance internal LGBTQ policies and practices that will help save the lives of LGBTQ youth,” said Amit Paley, CEO and CEO of The Trevor Project LGBTQ Mental Health Organization.
But legal and political challenges will come in handy. Texas Representative Brian Harrison, HHS chief of staff in the Trump administration, sent a letter Wednesday to HHS Undersecretary of Women’s Health Dorothy Fink, “What is a woman?” asking. The state Republican lawmaker argued that many regulations, subsidies, and health care policies include the word “woman” and could lead to responses.
Meanwhile, Democrats rallied to pass the Equality Act – to exclude discrimination on the grounds of gender and sexual identity – which has been left among other legislative priorities.
“People should not put their health and safety at risk,” said Bobby Scott, chairman of the House Education and Labor Committee (D-Va.), Urging senators to move the bill forward.
HE HAS REJECTED THE NECK 340B PAYMENT CUTS – The Supreme Court ruled in a unanimous ruling on Wednesday that the 340B program had a nearly 30 percent reduction in drug refunds.
The hospitals in the program – which receive significant discounts on drug prices primarily for providing services to low-income and disadvantaged patients – strongly opposed the 2018 pay change. But a lower court upheld HHS’s authority to reduce the refunds.
According to the court: Supreme Court judges argued that HHS did not do enough to justify its cut-off: “If HHS believes this Medicare reimbursement program is overpaying 340B hospitals, it can conduct a hospital purchase cost survey to determine the change in data and how much it justifies. Hospital group reimbursement rates.” wrote Judge Brett Kavanaugh in his opinion.
But the resolution prevented an environmental policy decision from interpreting the law that could quickly affect the breadth of federal agencies without a congressional order.
“Regardless of the scope of HHS’s power to ‘adjust’ the average price up or down according to the statute, the statute does not give HHS the authority to change the rates of return by hospital groups unless HHS conducts a hospital purchase cost survey,” Kavanaugh wrote.[If] whether the statute requirement for the acquisition cost survey is bad policy or working in an unintended manner, HHS may ask Congress to change the law. “
FDA ADVICE RETURNS COVID SHOTS FOR CHILDREN – FDA’s independent vaccination advisers voted unanimously on Wednesday to recommend that the agency approve two Covid-19 vaccines for infants, toddlers and preschoolers, bringing the country’s youngest one step closer to immunizations for nearly two and a half years. pandemic, written by Lauren Gardner.
The FDA is expected to grant emergency permits for the use of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine for children under 5 and the Moderna vaccine for children under 6 years of age. Both options can be used for children up to 6 months old.
What’s next: A panel of expert advisors from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will consider whether to recommend shooting administration at meetings on Friday and Saturday. When CDC Director Rochelle Walensky signs the recommendation, the children are expected to start receiving shots by Tuesday.
Children under the age of 6 who receive the modern vaccine will receive two doses of 25 micrograms for four weeks. The Pfizer vaccine gives two doses of 3 micrograms in three weeks, and eight weeks later there is a third dose.
Now, convince the parents. Peter Marks, the FDA’s chief vaccine regulator, began a full-day meeting on the Omicron wave outlining the burden on Covid hospitals for young children.
“The intervention we’re talking about here is something we’ve accepted in the past to try to prevent flu deaths,” he said. “We have another pathogen here, but it has caused a lot of disasters.”
However, the Biden administration is looking for a slogan to persuade parents to get their children vaccinated quickly. Summer vacations — and those with young children receiving different school grades before the age of 5 — and misinformation about vaccines can reduce early participation. Many young children also contracted Covid during the rise of Omicron, which can convince parents to maintain their immunization until they move away from their natural infections.
FAUCI COVID DAUKA – President Joe Biden’s chief medical adviser and Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, tested positive for Covid-19.
The 81-year-old infectious disease scientist, who for many has become the face of the government’s coronavirus response, is experiencing mild symptoms, the National Institutes of Health said in a statement. She is fully vaccinated and has received two boosters.
Fauci still (almost) intends to testify today before the Senate Support Committee, along with other senior health officials, about the administration’s Covid-19 response.
HOUSING ADVANCERS FDA INVOICE – A Home Budget Subcommittee advanced the 2023 fiscal funding bill with a voice vote, despite Republicans opposing increasing FDA funding for food security, Katherine Ellen Foley and Jennifer Scholtes reported.
The FDA would allocate 10 percent of the funding to $ 3.6 billion, including nearly $ 1.2 billion for food security programs, arguing that lawmakers need the formula for children as a result of the crisis.
GOP argument: Increasing funding will not guarantee improved food security, including Members of Parliament Ranking Member Kay Granger (R-Texas) argued. “Instead of holding the agency accountable, this bill gives the FDA a significant boost, which will go to hiring more bureaucrats who have lost their first problem.”
The rest of the FDA’s funding would include an opioid crisis, treatments for rare diseases, and unannounced inspections. It also raises $ 7 million for the Biden administration’s Cancer Moonshot initiative.
What’s next: The full committee is scheduled to meet next Thursday to discuss the bill. It is expected to be brought to the ground in July.
NY GOV EXPANDED COVID REQUEST – New York will hold on to the Covid-19 emergency statement for at least another month as new admissions to coronavirus-related hospitals continue to exceed 100 a day despite declining cases across the state, Shannon Young of POLITICO NY reported.
Gov. Kathy Hochul on Tuesday quietly extended the state’s mandate to guarantee hospital capacity and help Covid vaccine, testing and mitigation efforts until July 14.
It was a quick critique. GOP President Nick Langworthy argued on Wednesday that “there is no need for emergency powers for anyone at this time.”
The New England Journal of Medicine has launched a series on climate change and health, starting with fossil fuel pollution and extreme health probes. With the series, the NEJM is committed to doing at least one article a month on the health effects of fossil fuels and climate change.
More than half of U.S. adults say they have been indebted for the past five years for medical or dental bills, according to a study reported by Kaiser Health News and NPR’s Noam Levey KHN, although they delved into the stories of patients who have survived. DC focus increase.
More Water Problems in Flint, Michigan: County health officials have ordered people to stay out of the Flint River this week after an oil spill, according to Ron Fonger of Michigan Live.