Sunday, April 18, 2021
The funds come from the $1.9 trillion stimulus package that Congress approved and that President Joe Biden signed into law last month.
Moody was joined by a bipartisan coalition of 44 other attorneys general in raising concerns about the public health risks of fake COVID-19 vaccination cards in a letter to the companies’ chief executive officers.
At the end of August, U.S. Rep. Kathy Castor, D-Fla., first introduced the “Protecting Tourism in the United States Act” with U.S. Rep. Fred Upton, R-Mich., as the cosponsor.
Lawson said that six North Florida Community Health Centers will get $21,152,500 to help with vaccines, part of $6 billion included in the stimulus to expand vaccination efforts in underserved communities.
Moody initially warned of scams associated with vaccine card posts in February, but since then, millions of Floridians have received a vaccine. With the ramp up in vaccinations occurring throughout the state, comes an increased risk of fraud related to the inoculations. Vaccination cards issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) include the recipient’s full name, birthdate and vaccine location—information scammers can use to hack online accounts or commit identity fraud.
Last week, Florida TaxWatch released “The State of Medicaid in Florida,” which looks at how Florida’s Medicaid program has fared during the COVID-19 pandemic, noting the impact of rising enrollment on communities and challenges the state may face in the coming years.
Florida’s two U.S. senators--Marco Rubio and Rick Scott--joined more than a dozen other Republican senators in signing U.S. Sen. Mike Lee’s, R-Utah, letter to U.S. Health and Human Services (HHS) Sec. Xavier Becerra requesting that the agency evaluate its ability to expand the existing organ donation network to include preterm and stillborn infant donors, so as to provide an ethical alternative to aborted fetal tissue.
The bill will increase access to Service Dogs for veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)” through creating a “competitive grant program through the Department of Veterans Affairs for organizations, such as K9s for Warriors in Ponte Vedra, to pair service dogs with veterans suffering from PTSD.” The grants will not exceed $25,000.
Menendez’s proposal would “ensure all World War II (WWII) veterans have access to health care services provided by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA)” since currently “eligibility limits in the law have prevented some WWII veterans from receiving these benefits.”
The opioid crisis continues to ravage Florida, with close to 17 people dying each day due to overdoses. Moody is encouraging school superintendents to bolster student-led anti-drug initiatives to raise awareness among young people about the dangers of addiction to prevent addiction and misuse.