HHS Issues Final Rule on Family Planning Services Under Title X

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) today issued a final rule to clarify the regulations for family planning services under Title X of the Public Health Service Act and protect access to family planning services. Title X is the only federal program focused solely on providing family planning and related preventive services. “This […]

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OCR Trebles Its HIPAA Violations Fines in FY 2016

The Office for Civil Rights (OCR) shattered all monetary settlement records for violations of the HIPAA (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act) privacy, security and breach rules in the fiscal year ended this past Sept. 30, according to a study by the law firm McDermott Will & Emery. In fiscal 2016, OCR socked companies $25,6 million for HIPAA violations, […]

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HHS Says 2.5 Million More May Be Eligible for Obamacare Subsidies

Of some 6.9 million Americans who purchased health insurance in private markets and not on the exchanges, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) estimates that 2.5 million should be eligible for subsidies under the Affordable Care Act (ACA), reducing their monthly premiums to as little as $75 a month, according to an analysis […]

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Health Care Providers Must Post Nondiscrimination Notice, Taglines by Oct. 17

The final Affordable Care Act (ACA) rule on the statute’s section 1557 requires that all health care providers receiving federal funds post in a conspicuous public space in their offices a “Notice of Nondiscrimination” prior to this coming Oct. 17, 2016. Federal funding generally refers to those providers accepting Medicare and Medicaid patients, or participaing in […]

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Administration Targets Young People for Obamacare Sign-Ups

With the sign-up of young persons lagging behind the needs of balancing young and old, healthy and sick, the administration is turning to cyberspace and other initiatives to lure young people into signing up for health insurance on the Affordable Care Act (ACA) marketplaces. In 2016, fewer than 30 percent of Obamacare sign-ups out of […]

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HHS Issues Rule on Child Care

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and its Administration for Children and Families (ACF) on Friday announced new quality and safety standards aimed at providing for higher quality care and safer environments for millions of children, including the youngest learners. The rule, which implements bipartisan legislation signed by President Obama in 2014, sets higher standards […]

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Obamacare Premiums Rise Steeply

State insurance commissioners, under pressure from health insurers bleeding red on the Obamacare exchanges, have begun approving rate hikes up to 62 percent, but the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) quickly reassured consumers that taxpayers would pick up the tab. With insurance premiums to be announced steadily up to the Nov. 1 open […]

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HIPAA Celebrates 20th Anniversary Today

On this day (Aug. 21) in 1996, President Bill Clinton signed into law the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), which as its title implies protects people with pre-existing conditions when they change jobs and need new health insurance. From that date until Obamacare took over in 2014, if you left one company with a […]

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$5.5M Settlement Largest Ever for a HIPAA Security Violation

Advocate Health Care Network (Advocate) has agreed to a settlement with the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Office for Civil Rights (OCR), for multiple potential violations of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) involving electronic protected health information (ePHI). Advocate has agreed to pay a settlement amount of $5.55 million and […]

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HHS Forced to Confront Zika Threat

At the request of Governor Alejandro García Padilla, Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia M. Burwell has declared a public health emergency for Puerto Rico, signaling that the current spread of the Zika virus poses a significant threat to public health in the Commonwealth relating to pregnant women and children born to pregnant women with […]

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