December 2021

December 23

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid services rejected Medicaid work requirements in Georgia, once again taking a swipe at state-based innovation within federal programs—and at the dignity of work. The decision continued the administration’s rollback of the Trump-era policy, targeting the only remaining state with federal approval for the requirements.

December 17

The White House COVID-19 Response Team and public health officials offered a “Message to the Unvaccinated” during an official press briefing just before Christmas: “We are intent on not letting Omicron disrupt work and school for the vaccinated. You’ve done the right thing, and we will get through this. For the unvaccinated, you’re looking at a winter of severe illness and death for yourselves, your families, and the hospitals you may soon overwhelm.”