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July 15, 2020

Around the nation: Trump admin rescinds contested foreign student visa policy

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    The Trump administration rescinded the guidance, which would have revoked foreign students' visas if they took only online classes during the upcoming school year, after 17 states and the District of Columbia filed a lawsuit aiming to block the policy, in today's bite-sized hospital and health industry news from Connecticut, the District of Columbia, Maryland, New Jersey, and New York.

    • Connecticut/New Jersey/New York: Aetna and Give an Hour have partnered to launch the Hospital Heroes Program, which will provide no-cost mental health care for frontline health care workers and their families. The organizations already have launched the initiative in Connecticut, New Jersey, and New York, and they plan to expand the program to Arizona, Florida, and Texas (Minemyer, FierceHealthcare, 7/10).
    • District of Columbia: The Trump administration on Tuesday rescinded new guidance that would have revoked foreign students' visas if they took only online classes during the upcoming school year. More than 200 universities and nearly 20 states filed lawsuits seeking to block the policy, which the administration had issued as schools consider whether to reopen this fall amid America's coronavirus epidemic. Schools and states claimed that the policy would disrupt months of planning done by colleges and universities and could force some students to return to their home countries amid the new coronavirus pandemic, which could hamper their ability to study (New York Times, 7/13; Duster, CNN, 7/13; Kight, Axios, 7/14).
    • Maryland: FDA has expanded its list of hand sanitizers that it recommends consumers avoid, as they could contain methanol, which is toxic if absorbed through the skin or ingested. According to FDA, the agency has "seen a sharp increase in hand sanitizer products that are labeled to contain ethanol (also know as ethyl alcohol) but that have tested positive for methanol contamination" (Tyko, USA Today, 7/11).

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