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Coverage expansion, low cost growth, continued reform battles highlight 2014

By Harris Meyer  |  December 20, 2014

Healthcare providers and insurers were busy implementing healthcare reform in 2014, millions of uninsured Americans gained coverage, and healthcare spending growth remained modest even as partisan warfare over the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act continued in full force.

Malpractice claims can be kept out of court, but not the NPDB

Malpractice claims can be kept out of court, but not the NPDB

By Andis Robeznieks  |  August 13, 2014

HHS has ruled that all medical malpractice claims that include a written demand for payment must be reported to a national database even if the cases are resolved under state programs designed to settle the matters outside of court.

Probe exposes flaws behind HealthCare.gov rollout

By Associated Press  |  July 31, 2014

Management failures by the Obama administration set the stage for computer woes that paralyzed the president's new healthcare program last fall, nonpartisan investigators said in a report released Wednesday.

Supreme Court takes on employers' religious freedom rights

Supreme Court takes on employers' religious freedom rights

By Darius Tahir  |  June 21, 2014

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.

Sebelius preaches to the choir, and they love her, mostly

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.

Burwell clears Senate committee with bipartisan backing

Burwell clears Senate committee with bipartisan backing

By Paul Demko  |  May 21, 2014

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.

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.

Health secretary nominee faces cordial senators

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."

Hash joins top execs exiting HHS

By Paul Demko  |  May 05, 2014

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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