covid-19

U.S. House panel probes extent of fraud in federal COVID-19 relief programs

BY: - February 2, 2023

WASHINGTON — From 2020 to 2022, a group of Minnesotans pretended to be serving meals to low-income children, all the while filing for reimbursement under a federal COVID-19 relief program aimed to buoy child nutrition as schools and childcare centers closed.  In all, the schemers defrauded the government of $250 million, the Minnesota Reformer reported. […]

Washington medical board charges Dr. Ryan Cole with COVID-19 related violations

BY: - January 18, 2023

Dr. Ryan Cole of Idaho has until Jan. 30 to respond to charges from the Washington Medical Commission that he violated standards related to COVID-19 and patient care. Cole, a pathologist whose specialty does not involve direct patient-care experience, has maintained that he didn’t violate any standards while treating patients for COVID-19 via telehealth. The […]

Arkansas Gov. Sarah Huckabee Sanders reverses predecessor’s position on mask mandates

BY: - January 18, 2023

The Arkansas governor’s office asserts that it is unconstitutional for public entities to require people to wear masks as a COVID-19 prevention measure, Gov. Sarah Huckabee Sanders announced Wednesday, just over a week after taking office. Sanders’ predecessor, fellow Republican Gov. Asa Hutchinson, signed a 2021 law prohibiting state and local governments, including public school […]

UAMS makes two interim leaders official

BY: - January 17, 2023

Two interim officials at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences have been appointed to their positions permanently, UAMS announced in a Tuesday news release. Dr. Michelle Krause is the senior vice chancellor for the UAMS Health System and CEO of the system’s 535-bed hospital. Dr. Ahmed Abuabdou is the hospital’s chief clinical officer. Both […]

Gov. Sarah Huckabee Sanders signs an executive order on Jan. 13, 2023, disbanding seven committees created by her predecessor, Gov. Asa Hutchinson, in 2020 in response the COVID-19 pandemic. (Governor's Press Office)

Sanders executive order repeals COVID-19 committees, advisory groups from 2020

BY: - January 13, 2023

Arkansas Gov. Sarah Huckabee Sanders eliminated five state entities on Friday that her predecessor Gov. Asa Hutchinson created via executive order to address the COVID-19 pandemic almost three years ago. Sanders’ own executive order repealed five orders she called “obsolete” in a statement. The order also asks the Arkansas Department of Health to focus on […]

Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson, nearing the end of his term, reflects on eight years in office

BY: - December 27, 2022

As Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson looks back on his eight years in office, what he’s most proud of might surprise you.  Sure, he takes pride in shepherding through the largest income tax cuts in state history, but that’s not the first thing he mentioned in a wide-ranging interview about his administration. “Whenever you look at […]

House Minority Leader speaks Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) speaks with House Minority Whip Steve Scalise (R-LA) during a press conference on the 2023 Fiscal Year at the U.S Capitol on Dec. 14, 2022. During the news conference, House Republicans called on Congress to vote on a short-term spending bill for the government, which would allow them to pass further funding in the 118th Congress when Republicans hold the majority. (Photo by Anna Moneymaker/Getty Images)

1.7 trillion spending package passes in U.S. Senate, backed by both parties

BY: - December 22, 2022

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Senate passed a massive $1.7 trillion funding package Thursday that carries emergency aid for natural disaster recovery and the Ukrainian war effort, pushing past disputes over immigration policy and barely meeting a Friday deadline when current funding runs out. The bill, supported by both Democrats and Republicans, now goes to the […]

A model of COVID-19, known as coronavirus.(Photo by Saul Loeb-Pool/Getty Images)

Arkansas’ Hutchinson, other GOP governors ask Biden to end public health emergency

BY: - December 20, 2022

Gov. Asa Hutchinson and 24 other Republican governors sent a letter to President Joe Biden on Monday asking him to end the national public health emergency declared at the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic. “While the virus will be with us for some time, the emergency phase of the pandemic is behind us,” the governors […]

Sunrise hits the side of the Eisenhower Executive Office Building next to the West Wing of the White House. (Photo by Samuel Corum/Getty Images)

White House keys in on mayors and mayors-elect for D.C. forum on federal funding

BY: - December 15, 2022

WASHINGTON — Mayors from throughout the United States will sit down with senior Biden administration officials Friday for a half-day forum on how their cities can access resources within the COVID-19 aid bill, bipartisan infrastructure law and Democrats’ signature health care and climate change package known as the Inflation Reduction Act.  The meetings, which will […]

White House resumes handing out free COVID-19 rapid test kits

BY: - December 15, 2022

WASHINGTON — The Biden administration is once again offering Americans the opportunity to order free at-home COVID-19 rapid tests from the federal government, a program that it had shuttered amid an ongoing stalemate with Congress over additional funding to address the virus.  The program will allow each household to order four free COVID-19 tests as […]

A gloved hand holds a bottle of Covid-19 vaccine.

Federal judge strikes down part of Montana’s far-reaching anti-vax law

BY: - December 13, 2022

In a victory for public health advocates, a federal judge in Montana has blocked the state from implementing a law that would make it illegal for hospitals to ask employees if they are vaccinated. The measure, which passed last year, was the country’s most extreme anti-vaccination law. Health care providers in Montana had sued the […]

A resident of a Chicago area senior center gets an influenza vaccine during an event hosted by the Chicago Department of Health. (Scott Olson/Getty Images)

Congress on track to scrap Pentagon’s COVID-19 vaccine mandate in defense bill

BY: - December 7, 2022

WASHINGTON — Members of the U.S. military would no longer be required to get the COVID-19 vaccine under a proposal Congress could pass as soon as this week.  The provision eliminating the vaccine mandate is tucked into the massive National Defense Authorization Act, the annual defense policy bill that Congress has passed each year for […]