AHPA continues to follow new COVID-19 regulations, guidance and other government actions. The updates below are the latest guidance and other developments since May 31, 2021 to help mitigate the impacts of COVID-19. For earlier COVID-19 regulations and guidance, visit the previous Policy Briefs.

Informational Bulletin: Changes to Medicaid and CHIP Following American Rescue Plan
The Center for Medicaid & CHIP Services (CMCS) released an informational bulletin detailing the status of Medicaid, CHIP and Basic Health Programs (BHP) following the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021.

EEOC Says Law Does Not Prevent Employers from Requiring Vaccinations for Return to Work
The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) released their updated and expanded guidelines related to the COVID-19 pandemic. A key takeaway is that federal EEO law does not prevent an employer from requiring all employees to be vaccinated against COVID-19 before returning to work.

Letter from HHS to Providers and Insurers on COVID-19
HHS Secretary Xavier Becerra recently sent a letter to insurers and providers following recent reports of ongoing concerns about Americans facing costs associated with COVID-19 vaccinations or testing, which are currently free to consumers. The letter reminds health insurers and providers that charging consumers for the provision of COVID-19 vaccinations and tests may result in enforcement actions. To read the letter, click here.

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