June 24, 2021

Around the nation: 8 students file lawsuit against Indiana University over vaccine mandate

Daily Briefing

    A group of eight students at Indiana University on Monday filed a lawsuit to prevent the school from enforcing its requirement that students, faculty, and staff receive a Covid-19 vaccine or a religious or medical exemption before the fall semester, in today's bite-sized hospital and health industry news from Connecticut, the District of Columbia, and Indiana.

    • Connecticut: Gov. Ned Lamont (D) on Tuesday signed into law a bill making recreational marijuana legal for all adults ages 21 and older. Adults will be allowed to carry up to 1.5 ounces on their person and keep up to five ounces in their house or vehicle. The law also expunges most marijuana convictions that occurred between Jan. 1, 2000, and Oct. 1, 2015 (Choi, The Hill, 6/22).
    • District of Columbia: The Better Medicare Alliance has named Mary Beth Donahue as president and CEO, effective later this summer. Donahue previously served as chief of staff and patient advocate at HHS, and most recently served as executive director of Kidney Care Partners. She will succeed Allyson Schwartz, who is leaving Better Medicare Alliance after six years (Christ, Modern Healthcare, 6/21).
    • Indiana: A group of eight students at Indiana University on Monday filed a lawsuit in U.S. District Court asking a judge to prevent the school from enforcing its requirement that students, faculty, and staff receive a Covid-19 vaccine or a religious or medical exemption before the fall semester. The plaintiffs argue the mandate is a violation of the 14th Amendment and state law. Indiana University spokesperson Chuck Carney said the mandate "is helping to support a return to safe and more normal operations this fall. The university is confident it will prevail in this case" (Riess/Almasy, CNN, 6/22).

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