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Biden vaccine rules blocked for healthcare workers in 10 states NWN News

Jefferson City, Mo. (NWN) — A federal judge blocked President Joe Biden’s administration on Monday By imposing a coronavirus vaccine mandate on thousands of health care workers in 10 states, that brought the first legal challenge against the requirement.

The court order said the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid had no explicit authority from Congress to enforce vaccine mandates for providers participating in two government health care programs for the elderly, disabled and poor.

The preliminary injunction by US District Judge Matthew Shelp in St. Louis applies to a coalition of litigating states that includes Alaska, Arkansas, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, New Hampshire, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wyoming. Similar litigations are pending in other states as well.

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The federal rule requires COVID-19 vaccinations for more than 17 million workers in the nearly 76,000 health care facilities and home health care providers nationwide who receive funding from government health programs. Workers have to get their first dose by 6th December and their second dose by 4th January

The court order against the health care vaccine mandate comes after Biden’s administration suffered a similar setback to broader policy. A federal court had previously barred A separate rule requires businesses with more than 100 employees to make sure their employees are vaccinated or wear masks and get tested weekly for the coronavirus.

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Biden’s administration opposes federal regulations that overshadow state policies that restrict vaccine mandates and are needed to slow the pandemic.

But the judge in the health care provider case wrote that federal officials may have overstepped their legal powers.

“CMS seeks to transcend the realm of traditional state authority by enforcing the unprecedented demand to federally direct the private medical decisions of millions of Americans. Such action challenges traditional notions of federalism,” said Shelp. written in the order.

Even under the overly broad interpretation of federal powers, “Congress did not expressly authorize the CMS to implement this politically and economically vast, federalism-transforming and border-pushing mandate.” ,” Scalp wrote.


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