Memos Archive

  • Overview of Section 1135 and Section 1115 Waivers

    On March 13, President Trump issued an emergency declaration under both the National Emergencies Act and the Robert T. Stafford Act concerning the Novel Coronavirus and COVID19. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) ...

  • Summer Camps and Summer Learning Opportunities

    As states shift their focus from the immediate emergency of COVID-19 school closures toward the reopening of schools and educational centers in the summer and fall, there has been growing interest in opening summer camps and ...

  • Planning for Concurrent Emergencies

    Background Given the protracted nature of the COVID-19 pandemic, states will likely experience additional, simultaneous emergencies concurrent with additional outbreaks of the virus. Experts are forecasting an above-average ...

  • Update on COVID-19 Vaccine Development and Production

    Introduction Achieving broad immunity to COVID-19 is central to a return to normal life, and most experts maintain that this hinges on a widely available, safe and effective vaccine. A global race to develop and manufacture ...

  • Update on COVID-19 Treatment Development

    Introduction COVID-19 treatment development is moving at an unprecedented pace across the world and resulting therapeutics may be critical to reducing disease burden and pressure on the health system. This memo provides a ...

  • Reopening Institutions of Higher Education

    Nearly all higher education institutions are at least partially closed and have shifted to online instruction during the spring semester. The residential and communal aspects of higher education pose considerable health ...