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CDC Blockade of Asylum Seekers Extended Indefinitely
Posted on 25 May 2020 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Federal Register / Vol. 85, No. 101 / Tuesday, May 26, 2020 "Amendment and Extension of Order Under Sections 362 and 365 of the Public Health Service Act; Order Suspending Introduction of Certain Persons From Countries Where a Communicable Disease... Read More

Tags: HHS , CDC , asylum

Advance Copies of DHS, CDC Border Blockade Extensions
Posted on 21 May 2020 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Notification of Temporary Travel Restrictions Applicable to Land Ports of Entry and Ferries Service Between the United States and Mexico Notification of Temporary Travel Restrictions Applicable to Land Ports of Entry and Ferries Service Between the... Read More

Tags: HHS , COVID-19 , DHS , CDC , asylum

Public Health Experts Urge CDC, HHS to Withdraw Order Enabling Mass Expulsion of Asylum Seekers
Posted on 20 May 2020 by Daniel M. Kowalski

LETTER TO HHS SECRETARY AZAR AND CDC DIRECTOR REDFIELD SIGNED BY LEADERS OF PUBLIC HEALTH SCHOOLS, MEDICAL SCHOOLS, HOSPITALS, AND OTHER U.S. INSTITUTIONS "We are public health experts at leading public health schools, medical schools, hospitals... Read More

Tags: HHS , COVID-19 , CDC , asylum

March 20, 2020 CDC Order
Posted on 24 Mar 2020 by Daniel M. Kowalski

This document is scheduled to be published in the Federal Register on 03/26/2020 Notice of Order Under Sections 362 and 365 of the Public Health Service Act Suspending Introduction of Certain Persons from Countries Where a Communicable Disease Exists... Read More

Tags: HHS , COVID-19 , CDC

HHS OIG Documents Family Separation SNAFU
Posted on 12 Mar 2020 by Daniel M. Kowalski

HHS OIG, Mar. 5, 2020 "Interagency communication failures and poor internal management decisions impeded the ability of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to provide prompt and appropriate care for separated children following... Read More

Government Report: Separated Kids Traumatized
Posted on 6 Sep 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Coleen Long, Martha Mendoza, Garance Burke, Associated Press, Sept. 4, 2019 "Children separated during the Trump administration’s “zero tolerance policy” last year, many already distressed in their home countries or by their journey... Read More

Where's the Rule? (Flores)
Posted on 21 Aug 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

On Wednesday, August 21, 2019, DHS and HHS announced that they "published" and "issued" a final rule regarding the Flores Settlement Agreement. But as of 11:00 a.m. Eastern, there's no link to the rule on the web, including the... Read More

HHS OIG: Lack of Tornillo Staff FBI Background Checks, Low Number of Clinicians Pose 'Substantial Risks' to Detained Kids
Posted on 28 Nov 2018 by Daniel M. Kowalski

HHS OIG, Nov. 27, 2018 - "The memorandum was issued in response to two significant vulnerabilities identified by OIG during a site visit to the influx care facility in Tornillo, Texas (Tornillo), a grantee of the Unaccompanied Alien Children (UAC... Read More

Tags: orr , HHS , tornillo , FBI , oig , Children

This Is Where the Government Houses the Tens of Thousands of Kids Who Get Caught Crossing the Border
Posted on 4 Jun 2014 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"As the number of unaccompanied children entering the United States has more than doubled since 2011, the Office of Refugee Resettlement—the part of the Department of Health and Human Services charged with caring for unaccompanied minors in... Read More

U.S. Setting Up Emergency Shelter in Texas as Youths Cross Border Alone
Posted on 18 May 2014 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"With border authorities in South Texas overwhelmed by a surge of young [unauthorized*] migrants traveling by themselves, the Department of Homeland Security declared a crisis this week and moved to set up an emergency shelter for the youths at an... Read More

Child Migrants: 5 Key Facts on Rights and Costs
Posted on 4 Jun 2014 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"Every year, an increasing number of children and teens are making a harrowing journey across borders into the U.S; and every year, an increasing number do so alone. These children present major problems for enforcement authorities, politicians,... Read More

HHS Poverty Guidelines Updated for 2015
Posted on 23 Jan 2015 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"This notice provides an update of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) poverty guidelines to account for last calendar year’s increase in prices as measured by the Consumer Price Index." - Federal Register / Vol. 80, No.... Read More

Advance Copy of HHS Interim Final Rule: Standards to Prevent, Detect, and Respond to Sexual Abuse and Sexual Harassment Involving Unaccompanied Children
Posted on 22 Dec 2014 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"This IFR proposes standards and procedures to prevent, detect, and respond to sexual abuse and sexual harassment involving unaccompanied children (UCs) in ORR’s care provider facilities." - FR Doc. 2014-29984 Filed 12/19/2014 at 11:15... Read More

HHS on DACA, Medicaid, CHIP
Posted on 1 Sep 2012 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Expect a lot of pushback on this Aug. 28, 2012 letter from HHS : "Because the reasons that DHS offered for adopting the DACA process do not pertain to eligibility for Medicaid or CHIP, HHS has determined that these benefits should not be extended... Read More

Tags: daca , HHS , Medicaid , chip

HHS Final Rule: Medical Examination of Aliens - Revisions to Medical Screening Process
Posted on 27 Jan 2016 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Federal Register / Vol. 81, No. 16 / Tuesday, January 26, 2016 - "The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), within the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), is issuing this final rule (FR) to amend its regulations governing medical... Read More