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Obamacare Offers Up a Pleasant Surprise for the Holidays

Obamacare enrollment data from the Department of Health and Human Services through the first four weeks points to a pleasant surprise, but it's probably not time to break out the champagne just yet.

WI: Bus Service Provides Service for 'Transit Dependent' Residents

On Monday, the Rock County Human Services Board approved the county's contract with the bus service.

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• From the Affordable Care Act non-disaster file: Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia M. Burwell says health care sign-ups are off to an encouraging start, but a lot of work is still needed to make the second open enrollment season for the federal insurance market a success. Burwell says 1.9 million new customers have picked […]

Obama Administration Tricking Americans Into Funding Abortions

Alliance Defending Freedom, the Charlotte Lozier Institute, and the Family Research Council voiced concern to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the U.S. Office of Personnel Management Monday over proposed rules that continue to allow the cover-up of abortion surcharges in Obamacare. Show More Summary

FDA Pushes Plan to Let Gay Men Donate Blood as Long as Nobody Loves Them

5 days agoNews : Reason

A month ago a panel in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services recommended that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) end its ban that kept men who had ever had sex with other men from ever donating blood as a way to avoid accidental exposure of HIV to the blood supply. Show More Summary

So far, 1.9 million new customers sign up under federal health care marketplaces

WASHINGTON — Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia M. Burwell says health care sign-ups are off to an encouraging start, but a lot of work is still needed to make the second open enrollment season for the federal insurance market a success. Burwell says 1.9 million new customers have picked a plan through the federal market as of Dec. Show More Summary

ObamaCare enrollments hit 6.4 million in one month

ObamaCare enrollments through the federally run insurance exchange rose to about 6.4 million as of last week, the Department of Health and Human Services said Tuesday. Of that total, about 70 percent were customers renewing policies they bought last year. Show More Summary

HHS secretary says 6.4 million sign up for 2015 HealthCare.gov plans

(Reuters) - About 6.4 million Americans have enrolled for individual insurance plans for 2015 through HealthCare.gov, Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell said on Tuesday. HealthCare.gov sells individual plans created by the national healthcare reform law in 36 states. Show More Summary

$150,000 HIPAA Settlement Following Breach of Unsecured PHI Due To Malware

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of Civil Rights (OCR) announced on December 8, 2014 that a community behavioral health organization agreed to pay $150,000 and adopt a corrective action plan to settle potential violations related to the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA).

Microsoft admits “human error” led to last month’s Azure outage

Microsoft has just published a blow-by-blow account of what went wrong during last month’s Azure cloud storage service outage, which caused thousands of websites, including its own Windows Store and MSN.com, to go offline. The Microsoft Azure service interruption on … Continue reading ?

Proposed Rule Would Allow Secret Abortion Surcharge in Obamacare

Congressman Chris Smith, a New Jersey Republican, and over 75 Members of Congress have filed a comment letter with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) opposing the abortion aspects of the proposed rule on “HHS Notice of Benefit and Payment Parameters for 2016” for the Obamacare marketplace. Specifically the lawmakers object to […]

How Azure Fell Over And How Microsoft Fixed It

Cloud computing services are highly automated, but still ultimately managed by humans — and humans make mistakes. That’s the key lesson from a major outage Microsoft’s Azure service suffered last month. More »      

Minnesota Taxpayers Forced to Fund 65,000 Abortions Since 1995

More than 65,000 unborn babies have been killed in Minnesota with taxpayer funds since a Dec. 15, 1995, Minnesota Supreme Court ruling required taxpayers to fund abortions, according to the Minnesota Department of Human Services (MDHS).  The Doe v. Gomez ruling established the most extreme abortion-on-demand state policy in the nation. “The Doe v. Gomez […]

Toronto Rapper and Weeknd Affiliate Derek Wise Was Arrested on Human Trafficking Charges

Photo via ?Toronto Police Service This article originally appeared on VICE Canada This weekend, Derek Bissue—better known to rap fans as Derek Wise, a member of Toronto's downtown-based rap crew Get Home Safe (GHS) who is affiliated with the Weeknd's XO crew—was arre?sted on 15 charges connected to a human trafficking investigation. Show More Summary

Skype’s new service is like a Star Trek universal translator for the real world

Star Trek Captains Picard and Kirk could talk to any alien, no matter how different it was from humanity, thanks to the universal translator, a magical sci-fi device that explained away why strange civilizations in far-away solar systems all spoke … Read more ›

Bowser Announces Three Appointments To Administration

Bowser announced her appointments for Deputy City Administrator, Deputy Mayor for Health and Human Services, and Deputy Mayor for Education today. [ more › ]

Texas Media Forgot to Report $30 Million Feds Gave To Pre-K

The U.S. Department of Education and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) jointly announced on December 10 that 18 states were awarded a huge prize -- Big Ed's Head Start Jr. -- preschool development and expansion grants totaling more than $226 million under the Preschool Development Grants. Show More Summary

Obama, Congress Block Efforts to Combat Medicare Fraud

The Department of Health and Human Services reports that the error rate for Medicare payments increased to 12.7% of total fee-for-service reimbursements last year. This is up almost 50% since 2012 and represents a $46 billion annual loss for the health program. Show More Summary

Executive Functioning Volume 1 Issue 3

This month’s copy of Executive Functioning - a newsletter for senior leaders in human service organizations - looks at the issue of Informed Consent. If you would like to subscribe, the newsletter is free and contains no advertizing, simply send an email requesting subscription to dhingsburger@vitacls.org.Today's post follows.

Scripps Florida Scientists Win Grant to Uncover Ways to Erase Toxic PTSD Memories

Scientists from the Florida campus of The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI) have been awarded $2.3 million from the Department of Health and Human Services of the National Institutes of Health to better understand how memories are stored...Show More Summary

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