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Burwell meets with Dems to discuss strength of ACA marketplace

By Modern Healthcare  |  September 17, 2016

Burwell reportedly cited recent surveys that show enrollees are extremely satisfied with their coverage and that record numbers of people have gained insurance. She also downplayed the significance of UnitedHealthcare and Aetna pulling out of the exchanges. The meeting came just days after...

The trends and news behind this year's list

The trends and news behind this year's list

By David May  |  August 20, 2016

Enduring influence is the central theme for many of the names atop this year's list, Modern Healthcare's 15th annual ranking. Coming in at No. 2 and No. 3 this year are CEOs of two of the nation's largest healthcare systems. The nation's payers are also well represented at the top.

Zika funds, mental health on the table when Congress returns

Zika funds, mental health on the table when Congress returns

By Shannon Muchmore  |  August 20, 2016

HHS Secretary Sylvia Mathews Burwell said this month that the agency was reluctantly moving more than $80 million from other areas of research into efforts to develop a vaccine. Lawmakers made several attempts to pass funding before they left for summer break. Democrats blocked one bill because it...

U.S. declares health emergency in Puerto Rico due to Zika

By Associated Press  |  August 15, 2016

The U.S. government on Friday declared a public health emergency in Puerto Rico as a result of a Zika epidemic. The declaration allows the HHS to award grants, access emergency funds and temporarily appoint personnel where needed, among other things.

Karen DeSalvo to leave ONC, but will stay at HHS

Karen DeSalvo to leave ONC, but will stay at HHS

By Joseph Conn  |  August 13, 2016

Dr. Karen DeSalvo, who had been wearing two hats at HHS, last week stepped down from her role as the nation's top health information technology official.

Editorial: Congress needs to stop dithering on Zika

Editorial: Congress needs to stop dithering on Zika

By Merrill Goozner  |  August 05, 2016

Don't hold your breath waiting for members of Congress to return to Washington to deal with the immediate public health threat posed by the Zika virus. That would require putting the public interest over politics, an approach gone missing in action during this poisonous election year.

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