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AG Schmidt Talks Vaccine Mandates


Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt said it was a mixed bag of results as the U.S. Supreme Court issued rulings on the challenge of two vaccine mandates that were issued by President Joe Biden last year. Schmidt says that the first ruling was the striking down of the OSHA mandate.


However, the second ruling upheld the CMS mandate which applies to many healthcare services, support or suppliers that are regulated under CMS standards, including hospitals, nursing homes, rehabilitation clinics, and many other facilities that receive Medicare or Medicaid funds. Schmidt said that allowing this mandate is difficult for a state like Kansas.


Schmidt said it is unclear what effect the rulings will have on separate legal challenges to two other Biden mandates. The federal contractor mandate, which applies to entities that receive federal contracts such as research universities and defense contractors, is currently blocked by a federal court injunction. So is the separate mandate that applies to Head Start childcare programs.

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