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Murthy narrowly confirmed as surgeon general

Murthy narrowly confirmed as surgeon general

By Paul Demko  |  December 15, 2014

Dr. Vivek Murthy was confirmed by the Senate Monday to become the next surgeon general, more than a year after he was nominated by President Barack Obama. The vote was 51-43 in favor of approving his nomination for the public health advocacy post, with only one Republican voting to confirm.

Obama uses popular TV, radio to pitch HealthCare.gov to Generation X

By Adam Rubenfire and Rachel Landen  |  December 15, 2014

President Barack Obama pitched HealthCare.gov in interviews with three seemingly unusual outlets on Friday—a hip hop radio station in Raleigh, N.C., a sports radio show and a morning talk show led by "American Idol" host Ryan Seacrest. But it's not the first time the president has used...

Obama getting $1.1 trillion spending bill from Congress

Obama getting $1.1 trillion spending bill from Congress

By Associated Press  |  December 14, 2014

Congress cleared a $1.1 trillion spending bill for President Barack Obama's signature after a day of Senate intrigue capped by a failed, largely symbolic Republican challenge to the administration's new immigration policy.

Q&A: Truman Medical Centers CEO Charlie Shields

Q&A: Truman Medical Centers CEO Charlie Shields

By Modern Healthcare  |  December 13, 2014

Charlie Shields is a former Republican leader in the state Senate. Now, as CEO of the Kansas City safety net system, he’s trying to persuade his old legislative colleagues that expanding Medicaid is a “rational decision.”

Democrats push to confirm Obama nominees

By Associated Press  |  December 13, 2014

Senate Democrats are pushing to confirm roughly 20 of President Barack Obama's nominees in the final days of the lame-duck session — and before the Republicans grab the majority next month.

New House budget chairman to follow Ryan framework

By Associated Press  |  December 13, 2014

The incoming Republican chairman of the House Budget panel says he's going to follow outgoing chairman Paul Ryan's lead by drafting a fiscal blueprint that would balance the budget in 10 years and call for transforming Medicare into a system that places future retirees in private health insurance...

Veterans face hurdles to getting care outside of VA system

By Virgil Dickson  |  December 13, 2014

Administrative and reimbursement issues are hindering the Veterans Affairs Department's new initiative aimed at granting wider access to private care for veterans unable to get treatment within the system, according to provider who have tried working with the program.

Congress moves to pass budget and avert shutdown

Congress moves to pass budget and avert shutdown

By Paul Demko  |  December 13, 2014

Rushing to avoid another government shutdown, the House narrowly passed a $1.1 trillion discretionary-spending budget last week to keep almost all of the federal government funded through September. At deadline Friday, the Senate had not yet voted on the bill but was expected to approve it.

Obama hawking health coverage as deadline arrives

Obama hawking health coverage as deadline arrives

By Bob Herman  |  December 13, 2014

We'll soon see how effective a health insurance salesman President Barack Obama proves to be as the deadline arrives this week for Americans to sign up for individual-market coverage effective Jan. 1.

VA's private-care initiative impeded by administrative issues

By Virgil Dickson  |  December 12, 2014

Administrative and reimbursement issues are hampering the Veterans Affairs Department's new initiative aimed at granting wider access to private care for vets unable to get treatment within the system, say some providers around the country who have tried working in the new program.

Obama administration pushes enrollment before first deadline

By Bob Herman  |  December 12, 2014

President Barack Obama is making one last big push to encourage Americans to sign up for health insurance on HealthCare.gov. Young people continue to be the administration's main target, based on his public appearances.

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