Admitting Complexity of Obamacare Tax Law, HHS Offers Help

Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Sylvia M. Burwell has announced that HHS is collaborating with a wide range of non-profit organizations and some of the nation’s largest tax preparers to ensure that the public understands how health care and their taxes intersect. These groups provide resources, advice, and assistance to tax filers […]

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DOL Proposes Rule on Federal Contractor Sex Discrimination Guidelines

The Department of Labor (DOL) today announced a proposal to clarify federal contractors’ requirements to prohibit sex discrimination. The recommended changes would revise the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) guidelines to align with laws, court decisions and societal changes since they were originally issued in 1970. “Our sex discrimination guidelines are woefully out […]

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HHS Says 9.5 Million Obtained Obamacare Insurance on the Marketplaces

Nationwide, 9.5 million consumers selected or were automatically reenrolled in quality, affordable health insurance coverage from the Health Insurance Marketplace through the second month of 2015 Open Enrollment, according to a report released by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). Of those, more than 7.1 million were in states using the HealthCare.gov platform, […]

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HHS to Shift Medicare Payment Basis

In a meeting with nearly two dozen leaders representing consumers, insurers, providers, and business leaders, Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia M. Burwell yesterday announced measurable goals and a timeline to move the Medicare program, and the health care system at large, toward paying providers based on the quality, rather than the quantity of care […]

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HHS Beefs Up Privacy on HealthCare.Gov after AP Disclosure

After the Associated Press (AP) reported that HealthCare.gov was unwittingly providing customer privacy information to third-party companies and individuals, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced that it was adding new layers of security to the site. The privacy data could be viewed by third parties after health insurance consumers visited the Obamacare […]

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Fired Workers Sue Both the Franchisee and McDonald’s Corp. for Discrimination

A group of 10 terminated McDonald’s employees in Virginia — one Hispanic and nine African-American — are suing both the local franchisee and the behemoth mother corporation for discrimination, claiming they were let go because they “didn’t fit the profile” for employees at their restaurants. The legal action filed in the U.S. District Court for […]

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CMS Failed to ‘Perform All Required Oversight Activities’ on HealthCare.Gov, OIG Finds

The Office of Inspector General (OIG) of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) yesterday released results of its review of the 60 “Federal Marketplace contracts” for HealthCare.gov awarded by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), which it said “raised a number of concerns.” The study questioned “the adequacy of CMS’s planning […]

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MSHA Final Rule to Help Prevent Miners from Being Crushed to Death

The Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) has announced a final rule that will strengthen protections for miners on the working section of underground coal mines by reducing the potential for pinning, crushing or striking accidents. Since 1984, there have been 35 deaths where miners have been pinned, crushed, or struck by continuous mining machines […]

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OSHA Sets Milestone for Whistleblower Cases Investigated

For the first time since it’s had jurisdiction over the nation’s 22 federal whistleblower statutes, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has investigated more than 3,000 cases in a year. The fiscal year 2014 total of 3,060 establishes a new benchmark. More than half of the cases investigated (57 percent) were safety-related and filed […]

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CMS Obamacare Architect Tavenner to Step Down

Though not subject to the scathing public indictment that Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sibelius faced for the Obamacare rollout, Marilyn Tavenner, head of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), is resigning a year after her boss Sibelius. She will be replaced on an interim basis by newly hired Obamacare czar Andy […]

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