Trump Vows to Use His Pen to Fix Obamacare

In what has been rumored for weeks, President Trump is set to move on reforms in the health insurance marketplace Obamacare by using the power of the executive order. He tweeted this morning: “Since Congress can’t get its act together on HealthCare, I will be using the power of the pen to give great HealthCare […]

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Interim Final Rules Provide Religious, Moral Exemptions to Obamacare Contraceptive Mandate

The Departments of Health and Human Services, Treasury and Labor this week announced two companion interim final rules that provide conscience protections to Americans who have a religious or moral objection to paying for health insurance that covers contraceptive/abortifacient services. Obamacare-compliant health insurance plans are required to cover “preventive services,” a term defined through regulation. […]

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HHS Seeks Comments on Draft of New Five-Year Plan

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has released a draft of its required five-year strategic plan, and it is asking for public comments. Draft HHS Strategic Plan FY 2018-2022 The draft HHS Strategic Plan FY 2018 – 2022 is provided as part of the strategic planning process under the Government Performance and Results […]

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Who is Don Wright, the New HHS Secretary?

After the resignation of Tom Price as secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) over his abuse of air travel, President Trump named Don Wright, deputy assistant secretary and director of the Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, to be acting HHS secretary. Who exactly is Don Wright? Wright has been in government service since the […]

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HHS Secretary Price Resigns

Tom Price, M.D., secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS), resigned today amid a nationwide controversy over his use of private jets for government travel, sticking the taxpaying public with a tab of $1 million or more. Before the announcement of Price’s resignation, President Trump called him “a good man” but said “the optics” weren’t […]

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HRSA Awards $200M for Mental Health and Opioid Addiction Treatment

The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) has awarded more than $200 million to 1,178 health centers and 13 rural health organizations in every U.S. state, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, and the Pacific Basin to increase access to substance abuse and mental health services. “No corner of our country, from […]

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Trump Administration to Cut Funding for Obamacare Advertising, Promotion

The Trump administration is slashing advertising for enrollment in Affordable Care Act (ACA) policies for 2018 from $100 million to $10 million, and cutting funding for “navigators,” individuals who help people sign up, from $62.5 million to $36 million, CNBC reports today, citing phone calls from Health and Human Services (HHS) officials. Those officials and […]

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HHS Restores Work Requirement for Temporary Assistance for Needly Families

Done away with by the Obama administration in 2012, the requirement to work to participate in the Temporary Aid for Needy Families (TANF) program has been restored by the Trump administration in an announcement by the Department of Health and Human Services on Aug. 30. “Reemphasizing the work requirements in the welfare program means once […]

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HHS Issues Limited HIPAA Waivers for Hurricane Harvey-Devastated Areas

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has issued a limited set of waivers from HIPAA requirements for those affected in Texas and Louisiana by Hurricane/Tropical Storm Harvey. Though the agency cannot waive the HIPAA Privacy Rule, it can take more limited, focused actions. Here, then, are the five provisions for which Secretary Tom […]

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HHS Names Mental Health Professionals to New Committee

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced today the appointment of national experts to guide a new initiative to better serve Americans with serious mental illness. The Interdepartmental Serious Mental Illness Coordinating Committee (ISMICC) was established by the 21st Century Cures Act to improve federal coordination of efforts that address the pressing needs of […]

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