This Weekly’s Hot Topics
- Newsom proposes $1.5 billion program providing grants of up to $25,000 to small businesses in California. California News
- R. 3258, the 72-hour bill, has been introduced. National News
- Drug pricing bill introduced by House Democrats for negotiation under Medicare. National News
- HHS looking at extending the June 30 deadline for providers to use federal assistance they have received from the COVID-19 Provider Relief Fund. National News
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Gov. Gavin Newsom on Thursday proposed adding $1.5 billion to a program providing grants of up to $25,000 to small businesses harmed by the COVID-19 pandemic in California, allowing thousands more to get financial help. The additional funds from federal COVID-19 aid to the state would bring the amount allocated in recent months for grants to $4 billion, which Newsom told business leaders would make it the largest state program of its kind in the country. To read more click here and go to California News.
CMS issued a rule that will ensure long-term care facilities, and residential facilities serving clients with intellectual disabilities, educate and offer the COVID-19 vaccine to residents, clients, and staff. The rule also requires LTC facilities to report weekly COVID-19 vaccination status data for both residents and staff. The new vaccination reporting requirement will not only assist in monitoring uptake amongst residents and staff but will also aid in identifying facilities that may be in need of additional resources and/or assistance to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic. To read more click here and go to CMS News.
HHS Secretary Xavier Becerra told a House panel the agency is looking at extending the June 30 deadline for hospitals and health care providers to use federal assistance they have received from the COVID-19 Provider Relief Fund. A number of stakeholders have asked HHS to extend the deadline and release the program’s remaining funds. As of March 1, there was $24 billion in unused funds in the Provider Relief Fund. To read more click here and go to National News.
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