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HHS drops controversial long-term care program

October 14, 2011 The Obama administration has given up on a controversial long-term care insurance program called the CLASS Act, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said on Friday. Sebelius told Congress she did not see a way forward for the program, which Senate appropriators had cut off funding for in September....

National health program triples in size

October 13, 2011 A government program that helps medical professionals cover the cost of their education if they practice in underserved areas has nearly tripled in size, federal officials announced on Thursday. The National Health Service Corps, which received $1.5 billion in funding from the 2010 health care reform law, has increased from...

With a little cash, health IT on the way

April 26, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The new federal center set up to launch U.S. health care into the digital age has already certified more than 600 new health information technology products and is ready to start helping providers set these systems up, its new head said on Tuesday. Farzad Mostashari, just two weeks into his...

FDA says border check system back on track

April 14, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow A system to aid the examination of food and drug imports will be running nationwide by the end of this year after a software glitch held it up for months, Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Margaret Hamburg told Congress on Wednesday. But she said the cuts being made to her...

Lawmaker wants HHS to take closer look at doctor pay

March 29, 2011 Rep. Jim McDermott, D-Wash., has joined the ranks of members who want to change the health care law, but unlike the others, he isn't trying to relax any of the statute's provisions. Instead, he wants to require the federal government to give Medicare doctors' reimbursement rates a closer look. McDermott...

Short-term funding measures have agency budget officials finding ways to save

March 28, 2011 As Congress inches its way closer to a final deal -- or a government shutdown -- over 2011 spending, federal agencies have already been forced to make do with less and prepare for the worst. Thanks to the three short-term government funding bills that have passed since the start of...

Gates, Clinton can't predict when U.S. role in Libya ends

March 28, 2011 The president's top foreign officials on Sunday said unrest in Libya posed no imminent threat to national interests, and were unable to answer exactly how long the U.S. mission in Libya would last. Defense Secretary Robert Gates and Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton hit the Sunday talk shows one...

HHS regulations follow Obama waiver endorsement

March 11, 2011 The Department of Health and Human Services rolled out proposed regulations Thursday laying out exactly how states can apply to get a waiver from major pieces of the health care law, including state insurance exchanges and a requirement that individuals buy health insurance. The HHS announcement comes just over two...

Tragedy brings focus on mental health agencies

January 10, 2011 The Arizona shooting has focused national attention on the state of mental health care in the United States, and whether government agencies do enough to aid mentally ill people who may become a danger to others. The timing of the attack is coincidental, coming as the House was slated to...

HHS shifts new health insurance oversight office to CMS

January 6, 2011 Just a few hours into the new House majority, evidence emerged of the Obama administration's efforts to temper Republican appropriators' potential impact on the implementation of the health care reform law. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius sent a letter on Wednesday to House Appropriations Committee Chairman Hal Rogers,...

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