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States Enabling Pharmacies to Combat COVID-19

Earlier this year, DMGS looked at a breakdown of COVID-19 tests, including expanded access to licensed pharmacists.  The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Alex Azar issued a statement in early April, noting that authorizing pharmacists to order and administer COVID-19 tests allows for easier access to testing. According to a National Association of Chain Drug Stores (NACDS) survey, 86% of respondents believe pharmacists should be allowed […]

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Louisiana Special Sessions

Refresh: What is a Special Session? Unlike a regular legislative session, legislatures hold special sessions to deal with specific issues or topics, limiting the session’s scope to these issues.  Each state has its own rules and laws for special session procedures, including how they are initiated.  In 14 states, only the Governor can call for a special session.  Meanwhile, either a state’s Governor or legislature can call a special session […]

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The 2020 CR: What’s Inside

H.R. 8337 would extend government funding through December 11, 2020, averting a government shutdown that would otherwise begin October 1.  The continuing resolution (CR) would generally extend fiscal 2020 funding levels while including some “anomalies” that would adjust the amount available to agencies or extend authorities.  The measure reflects an agreement between Democrats and Republicans over farm and food aid programs.  The measure would also extend surface transportation programs, the […]

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Legislation Affecting Gig Economy Workers

by: Ryan J. Stevens A gig economy is an economic activity that involves the use of temporary or freelance workers to perform jobs, typically in the service sector.  The United States Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reported in 2017 that the United States was home to 55 million gig workers, accounting for 34% of the country’s workforce.  The BLS projected this percentage to increase to 43% by 2020.  A 2000 […]

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