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Three insurers move up age for young adult eligibility

April 22, 2010 Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius has announced that three major health insurers have agreed to let young adults stay on their parents' plans after they would normally lose their eligibility. Blue Cross Blue Shield plans, Kaiser Permanente and Humana, she said Tuesday, have adopted the new health care...

Security glitch slows early arrivals at Democratic convention

August 25, 2008 FROM NEXTGOV arrow DENVER - Security for the Democratic National Convention got off to an inauspicious start Saturday as news media and convention staff endured an hours-long bottleneck at the single gate, manned by the Secret Service and the Denver police, allowing entry into the secured area around the Pepsi Center. Comment on...

Security glitch slows early arrivals at Democratic convention

August 25, 2008 DENVER -- Security for the Democratic National Convention got off to an inauspicious start Saturday as news media and convention staff endured an hours-long bottleneck at the single gate, manned by the Secret Service and the Denver police, allowing entry into the secured area around the Pepsi Center. The problems...

HHS secretary keeps it real on blog

March 26, 2008 Got something to say to Mike Leavitt, secretary of the Health and Human Services Department, but can't get an appointment? Try his blog, at secretarysblog.hhs.gov. Last August, Leavitt became the first Cabinet member to hit the blogosphere, although others have followed suit. Leavitt's self-written blog is chatty and reflective, in...

Lawmakers want answers on unspent flu vaccine funds

October 22, 2007 Key members of Congress -- Democrats and Republicans -- want to know why the Health and Human Services Department is sitting on $2.5 billion appropriated in 2005 and 2006 to protect Americans against bird flu and other pandemic influenzas. Rep. Kay Granger, R-Texas, a member of the House Republican leadership,...

National Institutes of Health feels budget squeeze

April 14, 2006 At the National Institutes of Health, the days of living large seem to be over. Since fiscal 2003, when Congress finished its five-year effort to double the NIH budget, the medical research agency has been struggling to keep up with inflation and redirect its spending. Now, facing a third year...

HHS takes steps to bolster supply of flu vaccine

March 31, 2006 Dr. Bruce Gellin, director of the National Vaccine Program Office at the Health and Human Services Department, talked to National Journal about the nation's vaccine supply. Following are edited excerpts. NJ: Could we make enough vaccine right now to combat an avian-flu pandemic? Gellin: We have a long way to...

Medicare officials seek to boost use of discount drug cards

August 27, 2004 The temporary discount drug cards created under the new Medicare law can save senior citizens as much as 18 percent off retail prices on brand-name drugs, and 65 percent off national average prices for generic drugs, boasts Mark McClellan, Medicare's administrator. Moreover, if seniors switch some of their brand-name drugs...

Senators seek more funding for HHS inspector general's office

June 9, 2004 A handful of senators is leading an effort to boost funding for the Health and Human Services Department inspector general's office, fearing that it will be overwhelmed by duties required by the new Medicare law at a time when lack of funding has forced the office to cut more than...

Group criticizes public health leadership as piecemeal, haphazard

January 14, 2004 When Trust for America's Health complained in August 2003 that federal efforts to prevent and control animal-borne illness were lacking, mad-cow disease hadn't yet been discovered in the United States. Now that bovine spongiform encephalopathy has been found, anxiety about whether to let our kids eat a McDonald's hamburger has...

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