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Nearly 35 states have ended their health emergency declarations, which have given governors authority to mandate pandemic mitigation measures, and most of those remaining are set to expire before August.
Experts expect the inflation-relief package would likely cause prices to increase slightly and wouldn’t stop the possibility of a recession. The package would give each vehicle owner $400 to offset gas prices.
While the federal government has paid more than $2 billion to cover the funeral costs of those who died of COVID, fewer than half of families eligible for assistance have started the application process to receive aid.
Eligible households within the program can receive up to $2,500 each month in pandemic-related relief funding for up to 18 months and, so far, about 500 households have reached the cutoff point.
The mayor announced that he will focus on affordable housing, violence prevention, broadband expansion, lead removal and City Hall upgrades in spending American Recovery Plan Act funds.
As the summer months encourage people to take a vacation and get outside more, city officials predict that e-bike injuries from collisions, speeding and improper use are likely to increase.
Counties and their public health officials have been on the front lines of the COVID pandemic, struggling amid white-hot politics that has weakened the nation’s response. Can we do better when the next pandemic strikes?
Approximately 33 percent of Americans age 65 who completed their initial vaccination round have not received a first booster shot. Some believe the stagnation could be due, in part, to federal vaccine distribution.
As the nation approaches a grim milestone, public and political will to do much about the disease has faded. But absent health measures, the devastation could have been far worse.
In anticipation of the predicted overturn of Roe v. Wade, Gov. Kathy Hochul has directed millions to increase access to safe abortions, particularly for low-income and uninsured women who may be travelling from out of state.
To accommodate COVID restrictions, states gave restaurants permission to sell alcoholic beverages “to-go” during the pandemic. But now as life returns to normalcy, 18 states plus D.C. have made cocktails to-go permanent.
Pharmacists and pharmacist technicians have administered hundreds of millions of vaccinations during the pandemic, but federal emergency authorization for their wider role could end soon. States should make it permanent.
Gov. Charlie Baker has filed a $3.5 billion funding package that includes nearly $970 million for revitalizing downtowns, $1.2 billion on developing climate resiliency and $325 million on workforce initiatives.
A new California law requires addiction treatment providers to notify clients that they have the right to safe, ethical and evidence-based services. Penalties of up to $20,000 could be imposed for violations.
A trigger law making abortion illegal would go into effect within 30 days after the repeal of Roe v. Wade. An older law could hold people who get abortions criminally liable — but it’s unclear whether it would still apply.