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Trump Administration To End Funding For 13 Federally Run Coronavirus Testing Sites

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The federal government plans to withdraw support for COVID-19 testing sites located in five states by the end of this month. Trump administration officials say that operations of facilities still open will be transferred to state or local governments. Seven of those sites are in Texas, where a record number of confirmed coronavirus cases and hospitalizations are being reported.

L.A. Unveils $800M Plan To House Homeless

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In other news on the homeless crisis: Houston releases pre-pandemic statistics; D.C. will stop using a certain motel as overflow housing.

Grim Record: California Hits New Daily High, Surpassing 6,000 New COVID Cases

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The state broke its record for the highest number of new coronavirus cases in a day, with more than 6,000 reported Monday. Over 2,000 of those came from Los Angeles County. Other California pandemic-related news is on hospitalizations, nursing homes, renters, and prisons as well.

House Democrats Not Trying To Swing For The Fences With New Health Proposal To Shore Up ACA

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The House Democrats are set to unveil a health care plan that focuses on increasing subsidies and negotiating powers for Medicare drug prices. But the plan falls far short of the progressive health care push that was seen earlier in the year, pre-pandemic. Although it would be dead-on-arrival in the Senate, the legislation will help Democrats anchor their election messaging.

HHS Gives Morehouse School Of Medicine $40M To Fight COVID-19

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In other administration news: President Donald Trump taps appointees to the Census Bureau; CMS creates a new Health Informatics office; and a VA telemedicine office spent nearly $39 million during the pandemic.

Doctors Concerned Rural Health Care Will Be Affected By Trump’s Visa Freeze

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“You need these H-1B physicians who are willing to go to Alabama, Georgia, you know, parts of the beltway that just don’t have enough doctors,” said Mahsa Khanbabai, an attorney with the American Immigration Lawyers Association. The health care worker exemption in the order only applies to people who are caring for COVID patients or doing research on the coronavirus.

‘I Don’t Kid’: Trump Stands By Statement That He Ordered A Testing Slowdown

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White House advisers say that President Donald Trump was joking when he told a Tulsa, Oklahoma, campaign rally: “I said to my people, ‘Slow the testing down, please.’” The president insists he was serious though. “I don’t kid. Let me just tell you. Let me make it clear,” Trump told reporters Tuesday.