By: Sarah Flotte and Adam Weiner

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) released long-awaited Guidance this morning regarding permissible activities and relaxed precautions for individuals who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19. An individual is considered fully vaccinated two weeks after receiving the second shot of a two-dose vaccine (e.g., Pfizer or Moderna), or two weeks after receiving the single-dose vaccine (e.g., Johnson & Johnson).

Specifically, today’s CDC Guidance states that fully vaccinated individuals may:

  • Gather indoors with other fully vaccinated people without wearing a mask;
  • Gather indoors with unvaccinated people from one other household (for example, visiting with relatives who all live together) without masks, unless any of those people or anyone they live with has an increased risk for severe illness from COVID-19; and
  • Refrain from quarantine and testing following a known exposure to COVID-19 if asymptomatic.

Continue Reading CDC Releases Guidance for Fully Vaccinated Persons

By Jill Ripke

On December 28, 2020, the Los Angeles County of Public Health issued a news release stating “For those who traveled outside of L.A. County and recently returned, you may have had an exposure to COVID-19. The virus can take up to 14 days to incubate, and for many people the virus causes no illness or symptoms. If you go back to work, go shopping or go to any gatherings at any point over the next 10 days, you could easily pass on the virus to others. All it takes is one unfortunate encounter with an individual with COVID-19 for you to become infected, and sadly, for you to go on and infect others. Because of the likelihood of exposure to COVID-19 while traveling outside of L.A County, for everyone that traveled or are planning to travel back into L.A. County, you must quarantine for 10 days.”
Continue Reading Los Angeles County: Public Health Officials Require Travelers to Quarantine Upon Return to Los Angeles County; Updated Targeted at Home Health Officer Order

By Zubin Khambatta, David Robbins, and Stephanie Saladino

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) recently announced two new targeted distributions from the CARES Act Provider Relief Fund (the Provider Relief Fund) to assist in the response to the medical and economic consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic:

  • $15 billion to Medicaid

We have updated and added to our frequently asked questions (FAQs) from U.S. employers relating to COVID-19 and developments in employment law. These updates include new sections on Employer Immigration Considerations and Returning to Work and Reasonable Accommodations. View the FAQs here.

These FAQs provide general guidance based on the current understanding of COVID-19

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The FTC recently sent another round of warning letters to ten sellers related to advertising claims that their products treat or prevent COVID-19. Consistent with prior warning letters jointly issued by the FDA and FTC, the FTC’s letters allege that the sellers are falsely claiming that the

In the wake of President Trump’s March 13, 2020, declaration that the COVID-19 outbreak is a national emergency, the federal Department of Health and Human Services invoked its authority under section 1135 of the Social Security Act to waive certain requirements that providers normally must meet to receive reimbursement for services to Medicare, Medicaid, and

Authored by Michael P. House and Shuaiqi Yuan

The U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) has announced a request for comments on modifications to the Section 301 China tariffs to address coronavirus (COVID-19). USTR is requesting public comments on possible further modifications to remove duties from additional medical care products. Businesses who import medical care products that are currently subject to the Section 301 China tariffs may wish to consider filing a request for removal of those tariffs.

USTR has invited comments from interested persons with respect to whether a product covered by the Section 301 tariffs is needed to respond to the COVID-19 outbreak. Each comment must identify the product of concern and explain precisely how the product relates to the response to the COVID-19 outbreak. For example, the comment may address whether a product is directly used to treat COVID-19 or to limit the outbreak, and/or whether the product is used in the production of needed medical care products.

Continue Reading Waiver of Section 301 Tariffs on Medical Care Products from China

On March 18, the president issued an executive order invoking the Defense Production Act. The order designates certain “health and medical resources” as scarce and critical materials essential to the national defense, and grants the Secretary of Health and Human Services significant power over their distribution and allocation in the civilian market. Under the order,

As federal and state governments respond to COVID-19, employers and plan fiduciaries must also address the evolving issues arising under employer-sponsored health plans. We expand on the following topics in this update:

  • HIPAA limitations must be followed; however, the public threat posed by COVID-19 may permit or require certain disclosures
  • As of March 18, 2020,