May 20, 2021

Around the nation: Texas bans local governments from implementing mask mandates

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    Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (R) on Tuesday issued an executive order preventing all local governments from implementing mask mandates, effective Friday, with violators facing a fine of $1,000, in today's bite-sized hospital and health industry news from Rhode Island, Tennessee, and Texas.

    • Rhode Island: CVS Health has named Shawn Guertin as CFO, effective May 28. Guertin previously served as CFO and chief enterprise risk officer at Aetna. He will succeed Eva Boratto, who has served as CFO of CVS Health since 2018 and has worked at CVS Health for 11 years (Minemyer, Fierce Healthcare, 5/18; Maurer, Wall Street Journal, 5/18; Khandekar/Maddipatla, Reuters, 5/18; Tepper, Modern Healthcare, 5/18).
    • Tennessee: Gov. Bill Lee (R) on Tuesday signed into law a bill that includes an amendment preventing health care providers from prescribing hormone treatments to transgender minors who have not yet gone through puberty. The state is now the second in the United States to ban gender-affirming care for transgender minors, after Arkansas enacted a similar law in April (Rummler, Axios, 5/18).
    • Texas: Gov. Greg Abbott (R) on Tuesday issued an executive order preventing local governments from implementing mask mandates, effective Friday, with violators facing a fine of $1,000. "We can continue to mitigate Covid-19 while defending Texans' liberty to choose whether or not they mask up," Abbott said (Slotnik et. al., New York Times, 5/18; Panjwani, NPR, 5/18).

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