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Biden signs bill ending COVID national pandemic

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The national emergency connected to the COVID pandemic will officially come to an end next month under legislation signed by President Joe Biden. The national emergency designation allowed the federal government to respond to the pandemic. President Donald Trump issued a national emergency declaration in March 2020.

According to a written statement from the White House, joint congressional resolution H.J.Res. 7 was passed in March 2023. Biden signed the legislation on April 10. Biden initially opposed the resolution.

Meanwhile, the COVID-related mortgage forbearance program of the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) is slated to end at the end of May, and the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is returning to an in-home visit requirement to determine veteran eligibility for caregiver assistance.

There are about a million Floridians that have been provided Medicaid Health insurance coverage due to a federal funded expansion of the program in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. This expansion of Medicaid eligibility would have ended with the national emergency designation, but will actually end a little earlier due other legislation. People who are no longer eligible will start being removed from Medicaid Health Insurance on April 30, 2023.

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Telehealth provisions that were established at the onset of the pandemic will remain in effect until 2025. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), more than 1.3 million people in the US have died from COVID during the past three years.

Despite the end of the COVID national pandemic, unvaccinated noncitizen nonimmigrants are still banned from entering the country. This ban is the result of Presidential Proclamation 10294.

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