The Supreme Court just upheld a government mandate requiring health care workers at facilities receiving federal money to be vaccinated. This includes any facility receiving Medicare or Medicaid – which is almost all of them.
In a separate move, the Treasury Department told Arizona officials on Friday that it could claw back some of the state’s pandemic aid and withhold future payments if the state did not halt or redesign programs that use the money to undercut mask requirements in schools. In the letter, the Treasury Department said that if Arizona does not cease or change the programs within 60 days, it could start a process to recoup the money that is being misused. It also said that it could hold back the second installment of relief money that Arizona is scheduled to receive this year.
Arizona has so far received about $2.1 billion of the $4.2 billion that it was awarded through the $1.9 trillion Covid relief package. It’s a significant amount of money on a state scale.