Biden administration not expecting to renew monkeypox public health emergency

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) said on Friday that it does not expect to renew the public health emergency declaration for the monkeypox outbreak when it expires early next year, citing the low number of cases that are now being reported. “Given the low number of cases today, HHS does not expect … Read more

US Public Health Service expands applicant eligibility to include people with Chronic Hepatitis B and HIV

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) on Thursday announced it will be expanding eligibility for the U.S. Public Health Service (USPHS) Commissioned Corps to include people who have chronic hepatitis B and HIV, individuals with these conditions having been previously disqualified. “The U.S. Public Health Service (USPHS) Commissioned Corps, a uniformed service of … Read more

Health Care — HHS allows those living with hep B, HIV to join public service

Do you have a “swashbuckling attitude”? A “general aura of badassery”? Then you may be the right fit to be NYC’s new “rat czar.” Today in health, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) marked World AIDS Day by changing its eligibility policy to include people with hepatitis B and HIV.  Welcome to Overnight … Read more

White House resists declaring emergency as flu, viruses surge in children

The White House is resisting calls from pediatric health groups to declare a national emergency due to the early surge in respiratory illness in children.  As seasonal flu, respiratory syncytial virus (RSV), coronavirus and other respiratory viruses swarm the country, the American Academy of Pediatrics and the Children’s Hospital Association argue an emergency declaration, which … Read more

White House launches year-end push to improve lagging COVID vaccinations

The White House on Wednesday launched a six week sprint aimed at convincing Americans to get their updated COVID-19 vaccine before the end of the year. The administration said the focus of the campaign will be on seniors and vulnerable communities hardest hit by the virus. Public health officials have repeatedly warned that the U.S. … Read more

Health Care — State judge overturns Georgia abortion ban

If anyone can take on Ticketmaster, it’s Taylor Swift fans. Presale tickets for Swift’s tour went on sale today, and fans’ outrage over a myriad of issues reignited talks on Capitol Hill about breaking up the monopoly.  In health news, Georgia’s six-week abortion ban was ruled unconstitutional.  Welcome to Overnight Health Care, where we’re following the latest … Read more

HHS announces winners of mask innovation challenge

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) on Tuesday announced two winners to its mask innovation challenge launched more than year ago, with the agency declaring the endeavor a success due to the new designs. In March of 2021, the Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority (BARDA) launched a contest to develop “the next … Read more

HHS renews public health emergency for monkeypox outbreak

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) on Wednesday renewed the national public health emergency for the monkeypox outbreak, with officials stating that the virus is still very present in the U.S. even as cases continue to drop. HHS Secretary Xavier Becerra cited the “continued consequences of an outbreak of monkeypox cases across multiple … Read more

Tougher Federal Penalties to Come for Failing Nursing Homes

By Cara Murez  HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, Oct. 24, 2022 (HealthDay News) – About 88 nursing homes in the United States are on a watch list for worrisome care that puts residents in danger, but now they will face tougher penalties for any future violation. Those tougher penalties could include the … Read more

Watchdog says HHS reviews of emergency medicine stockpile did not meet most statutory requirements

A federal watchdog found that the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) did not meet a number of requirements in maintaining the Strategic National Stockpile (SNS) of medical countermeasures. The Government Accountability Office (GAO) conducted a review of the SNS’s operating procedures, requirements, inventory and obligatory data. The agency’s report was first issued in … Read more