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HHS Launches Environmental Justice Index


The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has launched an Environmental Justice Index to measure the impact of the environment on public health and health equity. The index will provide a single environmental justice score for communities across the country, which public health officials can use to identify the areas most at risk for adverse health impacts as a result of the environment. The tool is a product of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry.


Recently Introduced Health Legislation


H.R.8680 — To establish a special enrollment period for family members of an individual who has died by suicide, to establish a competitive grant program to provide services and support to friends and family members impacted by an individual’s suicide, and for other purposes. Sponsor: Rep. Wild, Susan [D-PA-7]; Committees: House - Energy and Commerce; Ways and Means; Oversight and Reform

H.R.8677 — To direct the Secretary of Health and Human Services, in coordination with State health departments, to establish a grant program to award grants to nursing facilities to replace traditional nursing facilities with small-house nursing facilities, and for other purposes. Sponsor: Rep. Schakowsky, Janice D. [D-IL-9] (Introduced 08/05/2022) Cosponsors: (0) Committees: House - Energy and Commerce

H.R.8668 — To amend title 38, United States Code, to improve and make permanent the Department of Veterans Affairs loan guarantee for the purchase of residential cooperative housing units, and for other purposes. Sponsor: Rep. Maloney, Carolyn B. [D-NY-12]; Committees: House - Veterans’ Affairs

H.R.8657 — To establish an interactive online dashboard to allow the public to review information for Federal grant funding related to mental health programs. Sponsor: Rep. Blunt Rochester, Lisa [D-DE-At Large]; Committees: House - Energy and Commerce

H.R.8656 — To designate the clinic of the Department of Veterans Affairs in Mishawaka, Indiana, as the “Jackie Walorski VA Clinic”. Sponsor: Rep. Banks, Jim [R-IN-3]; Committees: House - Veterans’ Affairs

H.R.8654 — To prevent, treat, and cure tuberculosis globally. Sponsor: Rep. Bera, Ami [D-CA-7]; Committees: House - Foreign Affairs

H.Res.1314 — Recognizing the vital, lifesaving work of crisis pregnancy centers. Sponsor: Rep. Moore, Barry [R-AL-2]; Committees: House - Energy and Commerce; Judiciary

H.R.8686 — To require the Secretary of Defense to award grants to fund research on orthotics and prosthetics; Sponsor: Rep. Cartwright, Matt [D-PA-8]; Committees: House - Armed Services

H.R.8687 — To require the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to award grants to establish, or expand upon, master’s degree programs in orthotics and prosthetics, and for other purposes; Sponsor: Rep. Cartwright, Matt [D-PA-8]; Committees: House - Veterans’ Affairs

H.R.8692 — To amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to make improvements to the redistribution of residency slots under the Medicare program after a hospital closes; Sponsor: Rep. Lee, Susie [D-NV-3]; Committees: House - Ways and Means; Energy and Commerce

H.R.8693 — To ensure access to cost-free monkeypox testing services; Sponsor: Rep. Maloney, Sean Patrick [D-NY-18]; Committees: House - Energy and Commerce; Ways and Means; Armed Services; Veterans’ Affairs; Oversight and Reform; Natural Resources

H.R.8699 — To prohibit the provision of Federal funds to the National Institutes of Health for the purposes of conducting biological, medical, or behavioral research involving the testing of dogs; Sponsor: Rep. Steube, W. Gregory [R-FL-17]; Committees: House - Energy and Commerce



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