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Supreme Court takes on employers' religious freedom rights
By Darius Tahir | June 21, 2014 | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
Friends and foes of Obamacare are waiting nervously this week for the U.S. Supreme Court to hand down its decision in a case that could determine the extent to which for-profit corporations can ignore government requirements on the grounds of religious freedom.
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Sebelius preaches to the choir, and they love her, mostly
By Paul Demko | June 17, 2014
Kathleen Sebelius is accustomed to hostile crowds. During her tenure as HHS secretary, Sebelius spent hours enduring antagonistic questions from members of Congress, especially following the disastrous launch of the federal HealthCare.gov website last fall.
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HHS warns that premium-assistance charities must be independent
By Joe Carlson | May 22, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Federal officials are renewing strong warnings to hospitals and drug companies not to use charities as fronts to illegally funnel money to patients.
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Burwell clears Senate committee with bipartisan backing
By Paul Demko | May 21, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Sylvia Mathews Burwell, President Barack Obama's nominee to replace Kathleen Sebelius as head of HHS, cleared the Senate Finance Committee on a 21-3 vote Wednesday with bipartisan support.
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U.S. subpoenas Oregon insurance exchange documents
By Associated Press | May 21, 2014
A grand jury is investigating Oregon's troubled health insurance exchange website, one of the most dysfunctional and expensive coverage marketplace flops in the nation.
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HHS trying to shield federal docs from malpractice scrutiny, former officials allege
By Joe Carlson | May 19, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Two former high-ranking federal officials are alleging that HHS is trying to gain authority that would allow it to hide information on malpractice cases against some of its doctors—information that would be publicly reported if the incidents happened at community hospitals and clinics.
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Health secretary nominee faces cordial senators
By Associated Press | May 14, 2014
President Barack Obama's pick to be the nation's new health secretary faced some pointed questions Wednesday over the health care law, but she also won praise as Republican senators largely passed up the chance for an all-out assault on "Obamacare."
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Reform Update: HHS nominee Burwell draws little hostility at confirmation hearing
By Paul Demko | May 08, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Sylvia Mathews Burwell faced few tough questions during her first Senate hearing on Thursday and appears poised to be approved as the next HHS secretary with bipartisan support.
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Doc fix, two-midnight rule remain high priorities for Congress, lawmaker tells AHA
By Paul Demko | May 06, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Finding a permanent fix to the Medicare payment formula for doctors remains a top priority for House Republicans, according to Rep. Kevin Brady (R-Texas), who chairs a key health committee.
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Hash joins top execs exiting HHS
By Paul Demko | May 05, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Michael Hash, director of HHS' Office of Health Reform and a key figure in implementing the federal healthcare law, is retiring. Hash becomes the latest top HHS official to step down in recent weeks as the first open enrollment period under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act concluded.
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