BISMARCK, ND – Governor Doug Burgum today joined Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem in announcing that North Dakota has joined nine other states in a lawsuit challenging the Biden administration’s mandate that employers who receive a funding through Medicare or Medicaid programs must require their employees to be vaccinated for COVID-19[FEMININE[FEMININE
The US Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), which is named as a defendant in the lawsuit, estimates that its “emergency regulations” will affect about 76,000 providers and 17 million healthcare workers across the country. the country. The agency gave affected workers until Jan. 4 to be fully immunized, with exemptions for recognized medical conditions or religious beliefs.
“The federal government is overstepping its authority by trying to impose a vaccination mandate on state team members in certain agencies simply because they are receiving funding from two federal programs. Likewise, hospitals and long-term care facilities in North Dakota should also be allowed to make their own vaccine decisions as private employers and should not be held hostage by CMS funding. ”Said Burgum. “It’s not about whether COVID-19 vaccines work – they do – or whether they’re important in healthcare settings – they are. On the contrary, this erroneous CMS mandate is another example of the Biden administration’s blatant federal overstepping that violates our state’s sovereign right to pass and enforce laws and will only breed further resistance to vaccines. and workforce challenges. We fully support the Attorney General who is joining this trial and urge the court to immediately block this intrusive and illegal warrant. “
Over the past two weeks, Burgum has also supported North Dakota joining the legal challenges of the Biden administration’s vaccine mandates on federal contractors and private companies with 100 or more employees.
North Dakotas who have not been vaccinated are encouraged to consult their trusted physician regarding the vaccine. Information and locations on vaccines are available on the North Dakota Department of Health website at www.health.nd.gov/protect.