HHS Secretary Pledges to Uphold Obamacare

Testifying before Congress today, Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price pledged to uphold the Affordable Care Act (ACA, or Obamacare) so long as it is “the law of the land,” including the individual and employer mandates. “So long as the law is on the books, we at the department are obliged to uphold the […]

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HHS Secretary, CMS Administrator Reach Out to States on Improving Medicaid

Seema Verma was recently sworn in as the Administrator of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). After her swearing-in ceremony, Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Tom Price, M.D., and  Verma took their first joint action, cosigning a letter to the nation’s governors affirming the department’s intent to work with states to improve […]

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HHS Launches Page to Explain Benefits of ACA ‘Replace and Repeal’

This week the Health and Human Services (HHS) Department launched a new page on HHS.gov highlighting the regulatory and administrative actions the department is taking to relieve the burden of the current healthcare law and support a patient-centered healthcare system. “We’re taking action to improve choices for patients, stabilize the individual and small-group insurance markets, […]

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Amid Repeal and Replace Talk, Obamacare Enrollments Crater

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) confirmed this week that enrollment in Obamacare health plans dropped half a million from the year before, and came in 1.7 million below expectations, with 12.2 million enrollees by the Jan. 31 end of open enrollment. Expectations were for 13.8 million. Four of every five who signed […]

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OCR Releases Guidance on Protecting ePHI from Cyber Threats

The Office for Civil Rights (OCR), the entity within the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) that enforces the Privacy, Security and Breach rules of HIPAA, has released new guidance advising covered entities and business associates on best practices for preventing and reporting cyber attacks. “Reporting and Monitoring Cyber Threats” advises companies that maintain […]

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Price Confirmed as New Secretary of HHS

Former Congressman Tom Price, a Democrat from Georgia and trained orthopedic surgeon, was approved this morning to be secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) by a party-line vote of 52 to 47. Price, who has long advocated for the repeal of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), will now take over an […]

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Trump Issues Gag Order on Federal Agencies — Or Not?

Various media reports maintain that both the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Department of Agriculture have received memos from the White House forbidding them to send out press releases, make new blog posts or engage in social media. Furthermore, the EPA has been told to cease issuing grants and contracts. It’s unclear if any other government […]

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Death by a Thousand Cuts — or One Executive Action — to Obamacare

Shortly after signing an executive order barring any new regulations by federal agencies, President Donald J. Trump signed another order that mandates his agencies to “to waive, defer, grant exemptions from or delay the implementation of any provision or requirement of the [Affordable Care] Act [ACA]” that they deem to burden individuals, insurers, health-care providers, or […]

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Federal Judge Blocks HHS Transgender Regulation

The same federal judge who blocked a federal regulation that dictated free bathroom choice at public schools has now blocked a ruling by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) that required Catholic hospitals to perform gender transition services as well as abortions. “Plaintiffs will be forced to either violate their religious beliefs or maintain […]

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Obamacare Enrollment Deadline for Jan. 1 Coverage Extended to Dec. 19

Before the clock could even click toward midnight on Dec. 15, the original deadline for signing up for 2017 Obamacare policies that will take effect on Jan. 1, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) today extended the cutoff date to Monday, Dec. 19, at midnight. “Millions of Americans have already signed up for […]

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