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Poll shows the majority of Coloradans support government intervention on health care

| Sep 24, 2021

According to results from the Colorado Health Foundation (CHF)’s recently released annual Pulse Poll, 80% of Coloradans support government intervention for lowering the cost of health care in the state.  Of this 80%, 59% said they strongly support such interventions, while 21% said they’re somewhat supportive. Only 14% were in...[ Read More ]

City of Chicago Announces Protect Chicago 77 Initiative to Get Entire City Engaged in COVID-19 Vaccine Campaign

| Sep 24, 2021

Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot and the Chicago Department of Public Health today announced Protect Chicago 77 – a new, citywide community engagement campaign to ensure that at least 77 percent of all Chicago residents ages 12 and up have started their COVID-19 vaccination series by the end of the year. All Chicagoans are encouraged...[ Read More ]

Illinois Public Health Association asserts support for the Climate and Equitable Jobs Act

| Sep 24, 2021

Executive Director of the Illinois Public Health Association (IPHA) Tom Hughes expressed the organization’s support of the passage of Senate Bill 2408, or the Climate and Equitable Jobs Act, in a statement last week.     The bill establishes a statewide carbon-free energy goal of 100% by 2050, as well...[ Read More ]

Hawaii hospitals are making “hard decisions” due to COVID surge and limited resources

| Sep 24, 2021 | Hawaii

The COVID-19 case surge from the Delta variant has kept Hawaii weeks away from reaching a “crisis point.” Leaders from the Department of Health and Healthcare Association of Hawaii said the state is relying on resources from the mainland, such as oxygen tanks and additional health care personnel, to keep...[ Read More ]

ACA individual market premium rates could increase 6.6% in Florida

| Sep 24, 2021 | Florida

Upon completion of a review from the Florida Office of Insurance Regulation (OIR), 2022 monthly premium rates for individual market plans under the federal Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) were approved on Tuesday. That average rate change for existing individual market plans will increase by 6.6%, according to...[ Read More ]

BHDDA director discusses future behavioral health service expansion

| Sep 24, 2021 | Michigan

The Recipient Rights Conference, provided by the Office of Recipient Rights (ORR) at the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS), held a panel on Wednesday which gave an update on the Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities Administration (BHDDA) of MDHHS. The panel discussed future BHDDA plans for expansion...[ Read More ]

HHSC expands pediatric telehealth services to four rural hospitals

| Sep 24, 2021 | Texas

The Texas Health and Human Services Commission is awarding more than $531,000 in grants to four rural Texas hospitals to expand telehealth services for children. The grants will help the hospitals expand or implement telehealth services that connect their patients with pediatric specialists and subspecialists through video chats and phone...[ Read More ]

Governor Whitmer appoints Dr. Natasha Bagdasarian as Chief Medical Executive, thanks Dr. Joneigh Khaldun for leadership during pandemic

| Sep 24, 2021 | Michigan

Today, Governor Gretchen Whitmer announced that Dr. Natasha Bagdasarian will serve as chief medical executive for the state of Michigan beginning on Friday, October 1. Dr. Joneigh Khaldun, who currently serves as chief medical executive and chief deputy for health, has accepted a new position to pursue an opportunity outside...[ Read More ]

Q&A w/ HHHRC Director Heather Lusk on harm reduction in Hawai‘i

| Sep 23, 2021 | Hawaii

Heather Lusk is the executive director of the Hawai‘i Health and Harm Reduction Center (HHHRC). HHHRC has stayed open throughout the pandemic, serving communities at the intersection of houselessness, chronic diseases such as HIV, and behavioral health and substance use. In this Q&A, Lusk speaks on how HHHRC was able...[ Read More ]

Governor Dunleavy announces emergency support for Alaska medical clinics

| Sep 23, 2021 | Alaska

Alaska Governor Mike Dunleavy announced on Wednesday that medical personnel are on their way to Alaska to help assist operations within the state’s health care facilities.      According to Dunleavy’s office, nearly 300 registered nurses and more than 100 nursing assistants or patient care technicians are among those that...[ Read More ]

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