The fiscal 2017 budget proposal from the White House would allow the HHS secretary to negotiate the prices of biologics for Medicare patients and would more quickly close the "doughnut hole" coverage gap.
HHS wants to revise a stringent federal rule governing the privacy of medical records of drug, alcohol-abuse and many behavioral-health patients.
HHS says that 12.7 million people signed up for 2016 coverage through the insurance exchanges, well within previously stated expectations. Now the Obama administration must ensure that the risk pool evens out so that premiums will stabilize and insurers will remain interested in selling the plans.
Roughly 12.7 million Americans signed up for a health plan on the federal and state insurance exchanges by the end of the Affordable Care Act's third open enrollment. But the exchanges still face industry criticism.
Federal officials on Wednesday outlined a plan to improve care at hospitals that treat Native Americans in four Great Plains states, including creating a multi-agency group to focus on quality and patient safety and designating a single organization to accredit Indian Health Service hospitals.
Two congressional committee chairmen say they might issue a subpoena to get information from the HHS on the funding of an Affordable Care Act program available to states.
President's Obama's top health administrator is heading to the Sunshine State as the deadline to sign up for health insurance nears.
Kentucky's new Republican governor, Matt Bevin, a staunch opponent of the Affordable Care Act, will seek a waiver to overhaul his state's expanded Medicaid program. He cited Indiana's cost-sharing model as one to possibly replicate.
Republican Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin, a staunch opponent of the Affordable Care Act, plans to overhaul the state's expanded Medicaid program with an ACA-based waiver. He cited Indiana's cost-sharing model as one to possibly replicate.
HHS Secretary Sylvia Mathews Burwell said that the website saw record-breaking traffic last week and that more young people have enrolled in this enrollment period than in the first two years of the marketplaces.
This year's healthcare industry winners played key roles in reshaping the industry's landscape, from ending Medicare's reviled sustainable growth-rate formula to brokering mega-mergers in the insurance industry.
The recent election of a Democratic governor in Louisiana who is committed to expanding Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act has given hope to hospitals and other advocacy groups that back expansion of coverage to low-income adults in the 20 states where Republican leaders so far have balked.