HEALTH CARE BRIEFING: Death Toll, Economy Fail to Unite Congress

Congress‘s near unanimity on last month’s $2.2 trillion coronavirus rescue bill has given way to partisan finger-pointing that threatens to poison the debate when lawmakers try to construct another emergency boost to the struggling economy.

Ohio Eliminates Telehealth Rules to Meet Coronavirus Challenges

Ohio has moved to make it easier for residents to access medical services via telehealth technologies at a time when non-essential health appointments have been postponed due to the new coronavirus.

Arizona Governor Changes Course, Tells Barber Shops to Close

Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey on Friday ordered barber shops and salons to close following criticism that too many businesses have remained open during the state’s “stay at home” order to slow the spread of the new coronavirus.

New $40 Billion Ceiling for CIO-SP4 Health IT Contract: Top 20

The recompete of the federal government’s biggest spending health-focused information technology contract will look different in its fourth iteration.

Coronavirus Drives More States to Delay Voting, Mail Deadlines.

Seventeen states have so far either delayed presidential or congressional primary contests, or extended the amount of time voters can return mail-in ballots, all in response to the challenges the coronavirus pandemic has inflicted on their abilities to hold elections.

What to Know in Washington: Stimulus Watchdogs Face Immense Task

The federal watchdog that will oversee thousands of small-business rescue loans worth roughly $350 billion will have to ramp up in a hurry: Last year, it investigated only eight such loans.

HEALTH CARE BRIEFING: U.S. Said to Pay for Uninsured Patients

Some of the $100 billion in federal funds earmarked to help hospitals cope with the coronavirus pandemic will cover bills for the uninsured, Vice President Mike Pence said yesterday.

Washington Governor Extends Order to Stay Home Due to Covid-19

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee on Thursday extended to May 4 his “stay home, stay safe” order, continuing a social distancing effort that has shown early signs of slowing the spread of the coronavirus.

Oklahoma Takes Temperature of Lawmakers for Special Session

Oklahoma lawmakers will head back to the Capitol on Monday for a special session to confirm Gov. Kevin Stitt’s declaration of a statewide health emergency because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Pentagon Using OTA for 5G Spectrum-Sharing Technology Prototypes

The Pentagon plans to issue a request for prototype proposals (RPP) seeking a set of spectrum-sharing technologies for radar systems using its Other Transaction Agreement (OTA) with the National Spectrum Consortium, according to an announcement...
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