Officials Unclear Whether WH Will Consider Abortion On Federal Lands

White House officials are offering conflicting information on whether the federal government will take steps to provide abortions on federal land within states that outlaw the procedure, a suggestion some have said should be part of the Biden administration’s response to the Supreme Court’s overturn of Roe v. Wade . Some lawyers and Democratic lawmakers have suggested the federal government open abortion clinics on federal land or lease space on federal property to abortion providers. But some legal experts also...
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Vermont Shores Up HCBS Supports, Maternal Health With 1115 Demo

CMS on Tuesday (June 28) approved Vermont’s application to extend its Medicaid 1115 demonstration, which will allow the state to continue offering a wide variety of home and community-based services, as well as maternal health and substance use disorder services, after the public health emergency expires -- a move CMS says is a big step for health equity in the sector. CMS said in a release that it has authorized the continuation of Vermont’s global, managed care-like demonstration to run...
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SCOTUS Declines To Hear Case On PBM Fiduciary Responsibility

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday (June 27) declined to hear a case over whether PBMs must act in the interest of ERISA self-funded plans and people covered by that insurance, instead of acting in their own interest. The decision not to take up John Doe v. Express Scripts is a win for pharmacy benefit managers; the lower court ruled that PBMs do not have a so-called fiduciary duty to policy holders. The Pharmaceutical Care Management Association declined comment...
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FDA Advisers Recommend Updating COVID-19 Vaccines

FDA advisers on Tuesday (June 28) voted 19-2 in favor of updating coronavirus vaccines by Pfizer and Moderna to improve efficacy against the omicron strain, though they did not specify which substrain of omicron the vaccines should target. The government is preparing for a vaccine campaign to ward off what is expected to be an uptick in infections in the fall. The goal is to start making the updated vaccines available in August. The Vaccines and Related Biological Products Advisory...
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Eyes On MS Preemption Case As HHS Looks To Shield Abortion Pill Access

HHS Secretary Xavier Becerra said his agency will work with the Justice Department to ensure states do not ban medication abortion in conflict with FDA’s regulations on the abortion pill mifepristone, but he stopped short of providing any concrete examples of actions the agency will take against states and did not say whether HHS will intervene in abortion pill maker GenBioPro’s ongoing case against Mississippi, in which the company argues that Mississippi’s restrictions on mifepristone conflict with FDA’s regulations. Becerra’s...
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HHS Reiterates Abortion Pills Accessed By Telehealth Are Safe

HHS reiterates that FDA has determined it is safe and effective to prescribe abortion pills via telehealth on a new department website that aims to educate Americans on their reproductive rights following the Supreme Court’s ruling to overturn Roe V. Wade. Although the Justice Department maintains that states cannot halt use of FDA-approved abortion pills, it is unclear how the Biden administration will enforce that stance in those Republican-controlled states that have strict limits on medicated abortion and that...
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Senators Seek Info On How Mental Health Apps Use Patient Data

Three Democratic senators are asking leading mental health treatment apps makers to provide information on how they share their users’ data, raising concerns that patients’ information may be sold to advertising firms that could identify them individually. Senate Finance Chair Ron Wyden (D-OR) and Democratic Sens. Elizabeth Warren (MA) and Cory Booker (NJ) wrote to the companies BetterHelp and Talkspace, both online platforms for mental health treatment that include telehealth therapy through video calls or text messaging. Both BetterHelp and...
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HHS Unveils Vague Abortion Access Agenda Following Roe Reversal

HHS Secretary Xavier Becerra told reporters Tuesday (June 28) that all options are on the table as the department vows to double down on its commitment to ensure people can access abortion care, but the department head provided few new details about what HHS will do in practice. Facing growing pressure from Democratic lawmakers to act swiftly , Becerra offered HHS’ first update on how it will respond to the Supreme Court’s landmark decision Friday to reverse Roe v. Wade...
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