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  • Trump Administration Issues Final Rules Protecting Conscience Rights in Health Insurance

    Trump Administration Issues Final Rules Protecting Conscience Rights in Health Insurance



    (November 7, 2018) - - The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) published (today) the following information:

    Today, the Departments of Health and Human Services, Treasury, and Labor released two final rules to provide conscience protections for Americans who have a religious or moral objection to health insurance that covers contraception methods. Under the Affordable Care Act, employer-provided health insurance plans are...
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  • U.S. Government Participates in Fifth Annual Global Health Security Agenda Ministerial Meeting

    U.S. Government Participates in Fifth Annual Global Health Security Agenda Ministerial Meeting




    (November 2, 2018) - - Today, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) published the following information: On November 4-6, 2018, Health and Human Services Deputy Secretary Eric Hargan will attend the Fifth Global Health Security Agenda (GHSA) Ministerial Meeting in Indonesia, which will officially launch the next five-year phase of GHSA, known as GHSA 2024. Delivering on President Trump’s commitment to global health security, he will lead the multi-s...
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  • U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office for Civil Rights Releases - - Here to Serve You - - Educational Video in Spanish

    U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office for Civil Rights Releases “Here to Serve You” Educational Video in Spanish



    (November 1, 2018) - - The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office for Civil Rights (OCR) has released an educational video in Spanish to raise awareness within the Hispanic community about the work of OCR and to highlight important conscience and religious freedom rights protected by our federal laws. “Because respect for the conscience and religious freedom rights of p...
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  • U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Announces the Official Opening of the Health Sector Cybersecurity Coordination Center

    U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Announces the Official Opening of the Health Sector Cybersecurity Coordination Center



    (October 30, 2018) - - On Monday, October 29, the Deputy Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Eric Hargan, announced the official dedication of the Health Sector Cybersecurity Coordination Center (HC3) at an official opening ceremony in the Hubert H. Humphrey building. As part of October’s National Cybersecurity Awareness Month, and in coordination with the Administration’s rollout of the National Cyber Strategy, the opening underscores...
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  • U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Azar Declares Public Health Emergency in US Territory Due to Super Typhoon Yutu

    U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Azar Declares Public Health Emergency in US Territory Due to Super Typhoon Yutu




    (October 25, 2018) - - Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Alex Azar today declared a public health emergency in the Commonwealth of the Northern Marianas Islands (CNMI), a U.S. territory, due to damage from Super Typhoon Yutu. The declaration follows President Trump’s emergency declaration for the territory and gives the HHS Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services beneficiaries and their healthcare providers and suppliers greater flexibility in meeting emergency...
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  • U.S. Departments of the Treasury, Health and Human Services, and Labor Announce Proposal to Expand Access to Quality, Affordable Health Coverage

    U.S. Departments of the Treasury, Health and Human Services, and Labor Announce Proposal to Expand Access to Quality, Affordable Health Coverage



    Washington, DC - - (October 23, 2018) - - The U.S. Departments of the Treasury, Health and Human Services, and Labor today issued a proposed regulation that expands the usability of health reimbursement arrangements (HRAs). HRAs are designed to give working Americans and their families greater control over their healthcare by providing an additional way for employers to finance quality, affordable health insurance. This proposed regulation is in response to President Trump’s Executive Order...
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  • U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Activates Aid for Uninsured Floridians Needing Medicine after Hurricane Michael

    U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Activates Aid for Uninsured Floridians Needing Medicine after Hurricane Michael



    (October 18, 2018) - - Thousands of uninsured Floridians are eligible for no-cost replacements of critical medications lost or damaged by Hurricane Michael. This relief comes from the Emergency Prescription Assistance Program (EPAP), managed by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR). The program pays for prescription medications for people without health insurance who are affected by disasters. More than 4,900 Florida pharmacies participate in EPAP, and more than 72,000 phar...
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  • U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Forms Search Commission to Locate Candidates for the Under Secretary for Health

    U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Forms Search Commission to Locate Candidates for the Under Secretary for Health



    Washington, DC - - (October 4, 2018) - - The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) on Oct. 1 established a search commission, who will help identify candidates for the Under Secretary for Health position, which oversees the Veterans Health Administration (VHA). VA has identified individuals who possess the expertise and willingness to serve on this important commission, with experience that is broad, relevant and consistent ...
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  • U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Announces 2.6 Million Dollars in Prizes to Redesign Dialysis as Part of KidneyX

    U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Announces $2.6 Million in Prizes to Redesign Dialysis as Part of KidneyX




    (September 28, 2018) - - The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the American Society of Nephrology (ASN) have committed $2,265,000 in prize money for “KidneyX: Redesign Dialysis,” a prize competition that challenges the public to develop better treatment options for patients with kidney failure. This prize competition is the first in a planned series of Kidney Innovation Accelerator (KidneyX) prize competitions...
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  • U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Awards New Leases to Provide Health Care Facilities to Veterans

    U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Awards New Leases to Provide Health Care Facilities to Veterans



    Washington, DC - - (October 2, 2018) - - The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) recently awarded 13 major leases to improve access to care and deliver health care facilities to Veterans. These awards are a result of VA’s leasing business transformation effort to improve the timeliness of the lease procurement process. “These awards are the next step in increasing access for our Veterans across the country,” ...
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  • U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Selects Pilot Projects to Demonstrate Better Approach to Disaster Medical Care

    U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Selects Pilot Projects to Demonstrate Better Approach to Disaster Medical Care




    (September 27, 2018) - - Today the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) published the following information:

    In a disaster, thousands of Americans may require immediate medical specialty care, surpassing the care available in the community. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR) today awarded two $3 million grants to demonstrate
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  • U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s Center for Devices and Radiological Health on Agency’s Commitment to Studying Breast Implant Safety

    Statement from Binita Ashar, M.D., of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s Center for Devices and Radiological Health on Agency’s Commitment to Studying Breast Implant Safety





    (September 14, 2018) - - Today, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration published the following information: Choosing to obtain a breast implant, whether for augmentation or reconstruction, is a deeply personal choice, from the initial decision to undergo breast implant surgery to the size, material and surface texture. These types of decisions should be discussed between a patient and their provider in a transparent and balanced way with clear information about the benefits and risks o...
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  • U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Azar Declares Public Health Emergencies in North Carolina and South Carolina Due to Hurricane Florence

    U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Azar Declares Public Health Emergencies in North Carolina and South Carolina Due to Hurricane Florence





    (September 11, 2018) - - Following the lead of President Trump’s emergency declarations for North Carolina and South Carolina, Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Alex M. Azar today declared public health emergencies in the two states as Hurricane Florence continues its track toward the eastern seaboard. The declarations give HHS’ Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ (CMS) beneficiaries and their healthcare providers...
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  • U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Azar Meets with Specialty and Patient Groups Regarding Drug Pricing

    U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Azar Meets with Specialty and Patient Groups Regarding Drug Pricing






    (August 16, 2018) - - On Wednesday, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Alex Azar met with representatives of specialty-physician and patient groups to discuss the Trump Administration’s efforts to offer new tools for Medicare Advantage plans to negotiate lower drug prices for patients. The groups included the American Academy of Ophthalmology, the American Cancer Society’s Cancer Action Netw...
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  • U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Awards 125 Million Dollars to Support Community Health Center Quality Improvement

    U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Awards $125 Million to Support Community Health Center Quality Improvement




    (August 15, 2018) - - Today, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced $125 million in Quality Improvement grant awards to 1,352 community health centers across all U.S. states, territories and the District of Columbia. Funded by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), health centers will use these funds to continue to improve quality, efficiency, and the effectiveness of healthcare delivery in the communities...
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