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HHS is hiding health insurance rate hikes, former official charges

The Department of Health and Human Services is improperly hiding health insurers' requested rate increases from the public -- in violation of the Affordable Care Act, according to a new lawsuit from a former administration health official. States are generally charged with reviewing health insurers' proposed rate increases, but HHS conducts reviews for several states […]

Millions of Tax Dollars Will Subsidize Attorneys for Migrants Hoping to Stay in US

HOUSTON, Texas -- More federal tax dollars will be spent on legal counsel for minors who entered the U.S. illegally. President Obama's Health and Human Services (HHS) announced on Tuesday that $4.2 million more "leftover funds" will be spent on counsel for the foreigners. Show More Summary

The Real Costs of HealthCare.gov

Nicole Kaeding In May, Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Sylvia Burwell testified to Congress that costs for building HealthCare.gov were $834 million. New research from Bloomberg Government suggests that Burwell’s...Show More Summary

HHS awards more than $295 million in Affordable Care Act funds to increase access to primary care at health centers

Funding creates an estimated 4,750 new jobs; Helps newly insured access care Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia M. Burwell announced today $295 million in Affordable Care Act funding to 1,195 health centers in every U.S. State, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and the Pacific Basin to expand primary care...

Lawmakers to HHS: Why Are Ebola Warnings Getting More Dire?

Republicans on the House Energy and Commerce Committee are calling on the Department of Health and Human Services for more information about administration’s assertion that the Ebola outbreak is worsening and what is being done to protect the U.S. Show More Summary

Building an emergency health response

Dr. Nicole Lurie is the assistant secretary for preparedness and response at the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), where she leads federal efforts in preventing and responding to the adverse health effects of public health emergencies and disasters. She spoke about her experiences and management philosophy with Tom Fox, a guest writer for On […]

Healthy Pennsylvania in Utah?

One of the big delays in the negoatiation between Pennsylvania and the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) for the Healthy PA Medicaid expansion was the initial request by Pennsylvania to tie Medicaid eligibility to work or...Show More Summary

HHS Hands out $500K to Planned Parenthood to Boost ObamaCare Enrollment

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced Monday that two Planned Parenthood chapters, two United Way organizations and Ascension Health, the nation’s largest Catholic hospital system, are among the 90 nonprofit groups...Show More Summary

HHS Secretary Sylvia Burwell: 'Some People Don't Know How to Fix Fresh Vegetables'

Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell explained that in order to get Americans to eat healthier, they needed to be educated and provided the proper tools. “They need to actually know what healthy eating is,” she said, adding...Show More Summary

Upcoding in Medicare Advantage: Transparency can clean the mess

That the government overpays sellers of Medicare Advantage plans is well known in Beltway circles even if much of the public remains unaware. Recently, two Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) researchers posted new findings on...Show More Summary

New CMS rule allows flexibility in certified EHR technology for 2014

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) published a final rule today that allows health care providers more flexibility in how they use certified electronic health record (EHR) technology (CEHRT) to meet meaningful use for an EHR Incentive Program reporting period for 2014. Show More Summary

Houston Leads Nation for Illegal Immigrant Minors' Destination

HOUSTON, Texas -- President Obama's Health and Human Services (HHS) has responded to the crisis along the Texas-Mexico border by quietly releasing illegal immigrant minors onto U.S. soil. 30,340 illegal immigrant minors have already been released in states around the country--4,829 were released in Texas alone. Show More Summary

Members of Congress Want FDA to Drop Agency’s Push for FSMA User Fees

Representatives Rosa DeLauro (D-CT) and Sam Farr (D-CA) are calling on the White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB) and the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to request full funding for implementation of the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) rather than continuing to consider user fees as a funding source. For the FY... Continue Reading

PTasseater, Former HHS Cyber Security Director, Convicted In Child Porn Case

NEBRASKA – Timothy DeFoggi, the former acting director of cyber security at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, was convicted of engaging in a child exploitation enterprise. DeFoggi, the 56-year-old known online as PTasseater,...Show More Summary

Latest HHS Spin on the Abortion Pill Mandate is Still Unconstitutional

Late last week, on Friday afternoon, while most of us were checking out of work and focusing on the weekend, the Department of Health and Human Services issued a press release informing of yet another revision to its contraceptive/abortion pill mandate. As it turns out, we didn't miss much.

Former HHS Cybersecurity Chief Convicted on Child Porn Charges

From The Daily Mail: Timothy DeFoggi, a former acting director of cyber security for the U.S. Department of health and Human services, was convicted Tuesday on federal charges of engaging in a child exploitation enterprise, conspiracy to advertise and distribute child pornography, and accessing a computer with intent to view child pornography. Show More Summary

Former acting HHS cybersecurity director convicted on child porn charges

A former acting director of cybersecurity at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services was convicted on child pornography charges, the Department of Justice announced Tuesday. Timothy DeFoggi, 56, was convicted of "engaging in...Show More Summary

Fox Ignores Fact That New Contraception Mandate Rules Follow SCOTUS Instructions

Fox News host Shannon Bream misled about new regulations from the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) that allow both non-profit and for-profit entities to opt-out of health insurance coverage for contraception, while pretending...Show More Summary

HHS Transferring Illegal Unaccompanied Minors With Potential MS-13 Ties to Gang Stronghold Cities

Reports show the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is transferring thousands of unaccompanied illegal minors, some of whom have already been identified as gang members by U.S. Border Patrol agents, to large U.S. cities that rank among the top strongholds of the American gang Mara Salvatrucha, or MS-13. Show More Summary

One Of My Favourite Themes - Complexity - Seems To Have Struck Again. It’s All Harder Than It Seems.

This appeared a little while ago.VA, HHS hindered by IT complexityPosted on Jul 25, 2014By Government Health IT StaffFederal government agencies, including the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the Department of Defense and...Show More Summary

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