Trump Issues Executive Order to ‘Fix’ Obamacare

As anticipated, President Trump today signed an Executive Order that, once fully implemented, will give consumers new options for health insurance and expand employer-funder Health Reimbursement Arrangements (HRAs). The executive action orders the Department of Labor (DOL) to look into ways of expanding Association Health Plans (AHPs) that can sell policies across state lines and […]

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Hargan Named New Acting HHS Secretary

Confirmed and sworn in just a week ago as the number two executive at the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Eric Hargan, has now been named the department’s acting secretary, taking over for Don Wright. Wright had previously been named acting secretary by President Trump following the Sept. 29 resignation of Tom Price, […]

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HHS Proposes Expansion of Individuals’ Right to ‘Access Reports’ on Their Medical Data

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is currently receiving public commentary on a proposed rule to expand the right of individuals to demand and receive "access reports" identifying who accessed their protected health information and why. Under the Health Insurance Accountability and Portability Act (HIPAA) of 1996, individuals currently have a right to […]

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HHS to Audit 150 Firms for HIPAA Privacy and Security Standards Under ARRA

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), through its Office of Civil Rights (OCR), has awarded a $9-million contract to KPMG to help audit 150 covered entities and business associates for adherence to HIPAA security and privacy standards. According to language in the contract, "Site visits conducted as part of every audit would include […]

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Pre-Existing Condition Insurance Plan Gets More Affordable, Accessible

For Americans with pre-existing conditions, finding affordable, guaranteed, unrestricted health care just got easier and cheaper, thanks to a federal initiative. When Congress passed the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) in 2010, the issue of health insurance for those with pre-existing health conditions was dealt with in two ways: First, when PPACA is […]

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NIOSH Lists Ambitious Objectives for Healthy People 2020

The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), the wing of the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) charged with workplace health issues, has come out with its list of objectives for Healthy People 2020, a program launched by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). Among the objectives are to reduce work-related deaths […]

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PPACA Compliance Deadline Extended on Claims Procedures

The Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services and Treasury keep extending the compliance deadline of a provision of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) affecting non-grandfathered health insurance plans. PPACA originally set the deadline for Jan. 1, 2011, but before that date even rolled around, it was extended to July 1, 2011. […]

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