December 3, 2021 |
The federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) suspended enforcement of its vaccine mandate for healthcare workers after taking a beating in two separate court cases this week. Wyoming was a plaintiff in one of those cases.
A memo issued by CMS yesterday and then posted by Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt on Twitter said that “CMS remains confident it will prevail in court but is suspending activities related to the implementation and enforcement of this rule pending future development in the litigation.”
The memo from CMS continued: “While these preliminary injunctions are in effect, CMS surveyors must not survey providers for compliance with requirement with the rule.”
CMS surveyors are federal government officials who conduct checks of Medicare and Medicaid funded facilities to find out if they are complying with the Biden Administration’s mandate that healthcare staff are fully injected with the mRNA drugs by January 4th.
In his Twitter post, AG Schmitt hailed CMS’s memo as a victory for states that sued the Biden administration over the mandated shots. Governor Mark Gordon told Bigfoot 99 this week that he was glad to have Schmidt as the lead attorney on the multi-state lawsuit that Wyoming joined.
Wyoming Attorney General Bridget Hill was appointed by Governor Gordon. Hill worked on the Wyoming sections of the lawsuits filed by Schmidt over the CMS and OSHA mandates. The injunctions handed down this week by federal courts in Missouri and Louisiana cover all 50 states, as well as Washington, D.C. and U.S. Territories.
CMS has appealed the two federal court decisions.