HHS Standing Committee Newsletter | Jan. 21 Edition


HHS Newsletter

From Congress

Congress Passes COVID-Relief and FY 2021 Funding Package | December 2020

At the end of 2020, Congress passed HR 133, an omnibus package that dealt with both FY 2021 spending and COVID-19 relief. Here are two high level summaries of the FY 2021 Omnibus Appropriations Bill and COVID-19 Economic Relief Bill.

From the Administration

Strategic Plan to Address Sexually Transmitted Infections | Dec. 17, 2020

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) released a national plan to address recent public health issues with increases in rates of sexually transmitted infections in the United States over the past six years.

USDA and HHS Release Dietary Guidelines for Americans| Dec. 29, 2020

The departments jointly published the guidelines, a practice happening every five years, to provide science-based recommendations for Americans of all ages. The guidelines build upon previous editions, informed by the scientific report by the Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee, comments from the public and input from federal agencies.

The Administration of Children and Families’ (ACF) Children’s Bureau Releases New Information Memorandum on Title IV-E Flexibilities | Dec. 29, 2020

The newly released memorandum provides information for Title IV-E agencies around the flexibilities and options available within the program related to improving support for relative and kin caring for children in foster care.

ACF Releases New Information Memorandum on Achieving Permanency for Children and Youth | Jan. 5, 2021

The information memorandum released by the Children’s Bureau provides best practices, resources and recommendations for achieving permanency for children and youth as a way to prioritize the child’s well-being.

New HPV Vaccination Campaign Announced| Jan. 6, 2021

The HHS, along with the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health and Office on Women’s Health launched the HPV VAX NOW campaign. The campaign is aiming to increase human papillomavirus (HPV) vacation rates for young adults age 18-26. It will specifically target young adults and healthcare providers in Mississippi, South Carolina and Texas, states with some of the lowest HPV vaccination rates in the country.

New Road map for States to Address the Social Determinants of Health Released | Jan. 6, 2021

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services issued a guidance to state Medicaid directors to encourage incorporating value-based strategies across their healthcare systems. This will allow states to provide Medicaid beneficiaries with efficient, high quality care, while lowering cost and improving health care outcomes.

HHS Releases Plan to Address Viral Hepatitis| Jan. 7, 2021

The national strategic plan is to address the public health threat caused by viral hepatitis in the U.S. The plan sets national goals, objectives and strategies to respond to viral hepatitis epidemics, building on three prior national action plans over the last 10 years. It provides a road map for stakeholders at all levels and across public and private sectors.

HHS Publishes Final Rule on Discrimination | Jan. 12, 2021

The HHS’s final rule revokes nondiscrimination regulations in the HHS funded grant programs based on sex, religion, sexual orientation and gender identity.

ACF Releases New Information Memorandum on Lessons Learned for COVID-19 Pandemic | Jan. 12, 2021

The memorandum shares lessons learned from the pandemic and highlights opportunities for agencies that work with children and families.

ACF Releases New Information Memorandum on Utilizing Title IV-E Funding to Support High Quality Legal Representation | Jan. 14, 2021

The memorandum urges states to coordinate efforts between different agencies to ensure that parents, children and youth receive high quality legal representation during all stages of child-welfare proceedings.

From the Courts

FDA Case Motion Filed | Dec. 2, 2020

U.S. District Judge J. Campbell Barker granted a delay regarding the effective date for the Cigarette Labeling and Health Warnings final rule. The effective date was pushed from Oct. 16, 2021 to Jan.14, 2022. The agency is strongly encouraging those entities that need to comply to submit cigarette plans as soon as possible and by the deadline of March 16, 2021 for review.

Spotlight on

  • Last month, Congress passed a second COVID-19 relief package and an appropriations package. A full breakdown of HHS funding and legislative changes that were included in both bills coming soon.

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