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Colorado Clinician Shares How to Protect Children Not Yet Vaccinated Against COVID-19

Oct 22, 2021
The chief medical officer at Rocky Mountain Hospital for Children is publicly urging everyone eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine to get it, and also sharing the best ways to protect children who cannot get the shot yet.

HHS announces competition centered on improving postpartum care

Oct 22, 2021
The Department of Health and Human Services announced the HHS Racial Equity in Postpartum Care Challenge, a competition dedicated to upgrading postpartum care for Black and Native women enrolled in the Medicaid or CHIP programs.

Pfizer unveils new data on COVID-19 boosters, pediatric vaccines; confirms high efficacy for each

Oct 22, 2021
New data from Pfizer is indicating high efficacy for its COVID-19 vaccine as a booster, as well as its effectiveness among the 5-11 age group.

Social Determinants Accelerator Act introduced in Senate

Oct 22, 2021
Sens. Todd Young, R-Ind., and Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich., introduced the Social Determinants Accelerator Act, AHA-supported legislation that would provide planning grants and technical assistance to help states and communities address the social determinants of health for high-need patients.

CMS highlights state innovations to expand Medicaid home, community-based services

Oct 22, 2021
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services launched for state Medicaid agencies and stakeholders on Medicaid.gov a webpage dedicated to advancing transparency and innovation for home and community-based services.

CDC endorses ACIP recommendations for COVID-19 boosters

Oct 22, 2021
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Rochelle Walensky, M.D., recommended a single COVID-19 vaccine booster dose at least six months after completing an initial mRNA COVID-19 vaccine series for certain individuals at risk for severe COVID-19, as proposed by her agency’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices.

HHS extends shelf life for monoclonal antibody

Oct 22, 2021
The Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response and Food and Drug Administration extended the shelf life for the monoclonal antibody therapy etesevimab, which currently must be administered with bamlanivimab.