In a speech Thursday at Miami Dade College, the president acknowledged some difficulties but said the healthcare reform law "has done what it was designed to do."
Those initiatives are supposed to tap into underutilized but potentially significant areas of quality improvement.
The agency has received nearly 1,800 comments on the waiver that includes job requirement and cost-sharing provisions. In comparison, Ohio's recent request generated 103 comments, while Arizona's drew 98 comments.
Proposition 61, a proposal to cap what California pays for prescription drugs at the lowest price the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs pays, has drawn $108 million from pharmaceutical companies looking to defeat the measure.
Public health leaders are lauding HHS' call for money and data to drive stronger health initiatives that take into account social determinants.
The scheduled initial rollout of the Military Health System's new multibillion-dollar electronic health record system has been delayed, at least for several months. The schedule was "aggressive" and more time was needed to address issues that came up during testing.
Two top lawmakers on Thursday demanded information from a drug company that has raised prices on a leukemia drug, calling increases of tens of thousands of dollars a sign the company puts profits before patients.
Omnicare, the largest nursing home pharmacy in the country based on the number of beds served, will pay $28.1 million to settle allegations that it requested and accepted kickbacks from Abbott Laboratories to promote the drugmaker's epilepsy drug Depakote.
Demanding explanations for a $1 billion cost overrun, a House panel Wednesday issued a subpoena to the Veterans Affairs Department for documents on how the cost of a Denver-area VA hospital ballooned to almost $1.7 billion.