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HHS Secretary Azar Declares Public Health Emergency in California due to Wildfires
Nov 13, 2018 - The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has declared a public health emergency in response to the wildfires in California. This declarations gives the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) beneficiaries and their healthcare providers and suppliers greater flexibility in meeting emergency health needs created by the fires.
Source: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
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HHS Activates Aid for Uninsured Citizens of the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands Needing Medicine after Super Typhoon Yutu
Nov 7, 2018 - The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced that uninsured citizens of the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI) are eligible for no-cost replacements of critical medications lost or damaged by Super Typhoon Yutu through the Emergency Prescription Assistance Program (EPAP).
Source: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
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Minorities Are Most Vulnerable When Wildfires Strike in U.S., Study Finds
Nov 3, 2018 - Details a recent study assessing the risk faced by different groups of people from natural disasters, particularly wildfires. The study found that while wealthy people, for example, were often in risky areas, they had more capacity to recover. While poorer people, Native Americans, and people who don't speak English, among others, were at greater risk because they had less capacity to recover.
Source: The New York Times
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USDA: Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request Federal Register
Oct 29, 2018 - The United States Department of Agriculture is seeking comment on an information collection regarding how individuals, states, and local and tribal entities are preparing for, responding to, and recovering from natural disasters. Comments are due by November 28, 2018.
Source: Federal Register
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A Rural Community Decided To Treat Its Opioid Problem Like A Natural Disaster
Oct 28, 2018 - Details the efforts of Washington's Snohomish County to address the opioid epidemic. This rural county is the first in the country to respond to the crisis like a natural disaster, inspired by their experience with responding to the 2014 landslide in Oso, Washington.
Source: NPR
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CMS Acts to Help with Typhoon Yutu Emergency Response
Oct 26, 2018 - The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced support for the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands in the wake of Typhoon Yutu. Actions include temporarily waiving or modifying certain Medicare, Medicaid, and Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) requirements, creating special enrollment opportunities for individuals to access healthcare immediately, and ensuring access for dialysis patients.
Source: Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
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Category 5 Typhoon Yutu Devastates the Northern Marianas in Worst Storm to Hit Any Part of U.S. Since 1935
Oct 25, 2018 - Details the devastation in the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands following Super Typhoon Yutu. Yutu is the most powerful tropical cyclone to hit any part of the United States since 1935 and has left the islands without critical infrastructure like electricity and clean water.
Source: The Washington Post
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HHS Secretary Azar Declares Public Health Emergency in US Territory Due to Super Typhoon Yutu
Oct 25, 2018 - The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) declared a public health emergency in the Commonwealth of the Northern Marianas Islands (CNMI), a U.S. territory. This declaration, a response to the damage done by Super Typhoon Yutu, gives the HHS Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) beneficiaries and their healthcare providers and suppliers greater flexibility in meeting emergency health needs.
Source: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
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Weeks after Hurricane Michael, Folks in Rural Part of Panhandle Ask: Where’s the Help?
Oct 25, 2018 - Details the struggles of residents in rural parts of Bay County, Florida in the wake of Hurricane Michael. While more urban areas seem to be getting attention, people here are still living without power, sewer, and water.
Source: Seattle Times
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FEMA Assesses Needs Of Rural Residents In Florida's Panhandle
Oct 17, 2018 - Radio story following a FEMA search and rescue team flying over rural areas of Florida's panhandle in the wake of Hurricane Michael to offer help and assistance. Many people are relying on generators for electricity, although most of the roads have been cleared. In some places, running water and cell service is still out as well.
Source: NPR
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