HHS Report: Premiums Have Doubled Under Obamacare

In a report issued this past week, the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation (ASPE) in the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) said that health insurance premiums offered on HealthCare.gov have doubled since the start of the Affordable Care Act: Comparing the average premiums found in 2013 MLR data and […]

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HHS Announces Limited ‘Fixes’ to Obamacare

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) yesterday announced a set of limited “fixes” to the Affordable Care Act (ACA, or Obamacare) going forward. “While these steps will help stabilize the individual and small group markets, they are not a long-term cure for the problems that the Affordable Care Act has created in our health […]

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Trump HHS to Continue Obamacare Insurance Company Subsidies … for Now

A spokesperson for the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has confirmed to the New York Times that the agency will continue providing cost-sharing subsides to health insurers participating in the Obamacare exchanges, pending a lawsuit appeal that will be heard next month. The subsidies, totaling about $7 billion a year, are provided to […]

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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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