In the coming weeks, the Lincoln-Lancaster County Health Department expects to vaccinate individuals 30 years old or older and people who are …
Each of Nora Sandigo's six phones has a different ringtone, so she can keep track of which one is buzzing.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has determined that a Nebraska man's death after receiving a COVID-19 vaccine was not due to the vaccine.
Travel leaders say they support all efforts to rid the world of the coronavirus pandemic – except for a mandate that would require airline passengers to present a negative COVID-19 test before flying.
Nebraska's Department of Health and Human Services objected to a bill that would require advance notice of any substantial changes to its juvenile offender facilities and programs.
See the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services' Angela Ling and Ashley Newmyer talking Thursday about the new Nebraska vaccine registration platform and the Phase IB rollout.
When Cambridge-trained physician and author Seema Yasmin started investigating outbreaks for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, she noticed a troubling pattern: Children were falling severely ill or dying from vaccine-preventable diseases, including measles and whooping cough. Just as troubling was how these outbreaks were fueled by the "concurrent spread of spread of myths and ...
With no concrete end in sight to the pandemic, travel advisers are nonetheless optimistic, albeit guardedly, about the industry’s comeback this year.
ShopRite has partnered with the state, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to provide COVID-19 vaccinations.
"We know at the Child Advocacy Center that at some point, those cases will start to funnel in, and we're prepared for a very busy season as soon as the pandemic starts to slow down," the executive director said.
The department couldn't defend charges that led to the firing of the former water well standards program manager.
It’s an important time for the voices of experienced medical officials to be front and center, and people need to know about upheaval in the s…
A complaint by Theresa Hill alleges Bo Botelho, chief operating officer for the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services, discriminated against and harassed her.
Among suggestions are for the system to hire a superintendent to oversee educational programs, prohibit restricting communication with family as punishment and do an annual facilities review.
"As we stand on a precipice of crisis, the divide of inequality is wider after months of inaction by state officials," the report concluded.
A number of changes have taken place after a crisis at Geneva last year led to moving girls from that location to Kearney, where boys are traditionally housed.
It was "strange to reorganize our public health agency in the middle of a pandemic," says state Sen. Sara Howard, who chairs the Legislature's HHS Committee, which helps provide oversight of the state department.
As part of my job, I’ve been traveling the country — responsibly — for months, talking with Americans. And the thing I’m hearing most is: How do we get things back to normal?Six months into this unprecedented crisis, communities across our nation continue to weather extremely high unemployment claims and an economy that's in recession. The pain of businesses and those who can't find work is real and lasting. Though states have begun to reopen, businesses are getting back on their feet, and people are getting their jobs back, it’s not happening as quickly as they’d like. Elected officials at every level must recognize the importance of working with businesses and experts to responsibly and safely reopen our economy. Truck drivers, grocery store workers, and the people who have helped keep essential services open throughout this crisis are heroes. The ingenuity and resilience of Americans has brought us through tough challenges before, and we should embrace our ability to adapt and innovate to overcome this one.It’s time for Congress to do its part, too. People are looking for leadership from Washington. Instead, with a few notable exceptions, they are getting finger pointing, partisan gamesmanship, and a legislative debate dominated by arguments over the price tag of competing bills, as if money alone can solve the problem, instead of actual solutions.Congress has made no progress on stalled COVID relief legislation. In any case, lawmakers have shown little indication they’re ready to answer that question I keep hearing: How do we get back to normal?Congress should start by recognizing that their proposals have largely missed the mark, because they have focused on the wrong things, and too many of them. Big bills are bad bills and should be rejected. Beyond boasting historically high price tags that will dig us deeper into debt, bills this size seem more focused on giving billions to defense contractors, as was the case with the HEALS Act, or providing a $1 trillion bailouts for state and local governments that don’t need it, as was the case with the HEROES Act, than on actual solutions. Even the Senate’s “skinny” relief bill, which was more “targeted” than any of its predecessors, continues to focus on the wrong things. Now that the Senate measure has failed to move forward, Congress should shift its focus to solutions that actually help us emerge from — not merely endure — this crisis.That means getting people back to work and finding ways to help our economy reopen more quickly and safely.Congress can start by clearing the way for individuals, communities, and businesses to adapt, innovate, and meet the needs of the new environment they will be returning to.This means giving schools, religious institutions, and businesses the certainty they need to reopen responsibly and offer services to the public again by guaranteeing liability protections.This also means giving individuals the flexibility to pursue opportunities as they arise, whether by reducing restrictions on home-based businesses or reforming financial regulations so that families and small businesses can more easily access capital to make their entrepreneurial dreams a reality.Of course, this also means ensuring responsible public health decisions regarding reopening can be made at the local level and applied fairly, with input from health experts, businesses, community leaders, and lawmakers.Congress should also ensure the $600-a-week unemployment insurance bonus that expired in July stays expired.If supplemental unemployment insurance is to be extended, it is Congress’ responsibility to do so through legislative action, not presidential executive order. Lawmakers should consider covering percentages of pre-COVID-19 wages instead of choosing a set dollar amount that applies across the board. At most, Congress should cap unemployment compensation at 100 percent of what individuals earned while working. There is no question that finding work is not as easy as it was before. But paying some people more unemployment than they made working full-time — as was the case with the $600-a-week bonus and is still the case, though to a lesser extent, with the $300-a-week bonus included in the “skinny” proposal — makes it harder for businesses and employees to make their way back to contributing the services and products we need.Congress should also more aggressively fight the spread of the virus. Controlling the virus is crucial to any effort to move forward. Americans want things to go back to normal, but we can’t truly return to normal — much less recover stronger — unless people are confident that the spread is under control and our hospital systems are prepared to effectively treat people with the virus.They can start by recognizing what already has been working and do more of it.We should continue to eliminate administrative barriers to testing, treatment, and personal protective equipment. Temporary suspensions of restrictions on telemedicine and medical professionals working across state lines should be made permanent. States should repeal onerous certificate-of-need laws that limit access and drive up the costs of health care.Congress should also scrutinize its own policies that impact our ability to scale up or approve new testing methods more quickly.A targeted bill to help ramp up testing in advance of flu season may be in order. But of the $38 billion that Congress has already earmarked for testing and research, why has only $18 billion been disbursed? Let’s first focus on how to effectively use the money from the last big bill.Similarly, only in July — four months into the crisis — did the FDA finally approve pooled testing, which will help us test more people, more often, at a lower cost. And only in August did the Department of Health and Human Services announce that it was permanently removing a key bureaucratic hurdle to the rapid deployment of laboratory-developed diagnostic tests.Congress can do all this through targeted legislation that can be evaluated on whether it accomplishes what it sets out to accomplish and is less prone to being packed with special interest projects.Congress is right to work with urgency, but it must listen to the concerns of its constituents. They want their lives back. Rather than throwing money at the problem indiscriminately, lawmakers should double-down on the steps that have already proven successful, get people back to work, and lay the groundwork for us to emerge from this pandemic stronger and with more confidence than before.Tim Phillips is president of Americans for Prosperity.
Hastings senator criticizes HHS for lack of communication and transparency with local leaders and Legislature.
The Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services said Wednesday it will apply for the next round of Pandemic Electronic Benefits Transfer for children on free or reduced meals at their schools.
There has yet to be a human case of the disease in the state this year, and mosquitoes carrying the disease have just started showing up.
Tony Green has risen through the ranks in the department, beginning as a services coordinator for the division in 1990.
South Jersey hospitals shut out from the first round of government COVID-19 funding received millions Monday from the federal CARES Act after U.S. Rep. Jeff Van Drew made their case to federal officials.