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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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  • U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar Delivers ALEC Speech and Participates in Louisiana Healthcare Leaders Roundtable

    U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar Delivers ALEC Speech and Participates in Louisiana Healthcare Leaders Roundtable





    (August 9, 2018) - - On Thursday, Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar delivered remarks at the 45th American Legislative Exchange Council Annual Meeting in New Orleans, Louisiana. His remarks focused on the Trump Administration’s commitment to working with and challenging states to improve healthcare. Here is a key excerpt from his speech: “From administering Medicaid programs to...
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  • U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Azar Statement on Passing of Former HHS Secretary Margaret Heckler

    U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Azar Statement on Passing of Former HHS Secretary Margaret Heckler






    (August 7, 2018) - - U. S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Alex Azar issued the following statement regarding the passing of Margaret Heckler, who served as Secretary of Health and Human Services from 1983 to 1985: “It is with great sadness that I have learned of the death of Margaret Heckler, former secretary of Health and Human Services. Secretary Heckler lived a full life in devotion to serving her country...
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  • Statement from FDA Warning about Significant Health Risks of Contaminated Illegal Synthetic Cannabinoid Products that are being encountered by FDA

    Statement from FDA Warning about Significant Health Risks of Contaminated Illegal Synthetic Cannabinoid Products that are being encountered by FDA




    Statement from Commissioner Scott Gottlieb, M.D.; Peter Marks, M.D., Ph.D., director, Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research; and Janet Woodcock, M.D., director, Center for Drug Evaluation and Research



    July 24, 2018



    (July 19, 2018) - - Statement:

    The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has become aware of reports of severe illnesses and deaths resulting from the use of synthetic cannabinoid (marijuana) products that have
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  • U.S. Small Business Administrator McMahon Issues Statement on Association Health Plans

    U.S. Small Business Administrator McMahon’s Statement on Association Health Plans


    Washington, DC - - (June 19, 2018) - - U.S. Small Business Administration Administrator Linda E. McMahon today issued the following statement in response to a U.S. Department of Labor rule expanding access to Association Health Plans (AHP): The President’s decision to expand access to affordable, quality health care through Association Health Plans (AHPs) is welcome news to tens of thousands of small businesses. This reform...
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  • U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Azar Praises Trump Administration Expansion of Health Insurance Options

    U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Azar Praises Trump Administration Expansion of Health Insurance Options



    (June 19, 2018) - - HHS Secretary Alex Azar issued the following statement regarding the Department of Labor’s release of a final rule on the regulation of Association/Small Business Health Plans: “This action by the Trump Administration will give more Americans access to affordable, high-quality health insurance coverage. Allowing small businesses and individuals to band together to...
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  • Statement by U.S. Health and Human Services Deputy Secretary Hargan on Unaccompanied Alien Children Facilities

    Statement by U.S. Health and Human Services Deputy Secretary Hargan on Unaccompanied Alien Children Facilities




    (June 17, 2018) - - Health and Human Services Deputy Secretary Eric Hargan issued the following statement regarding the upcoming Congressional tours of the Unaccompanied Alien Children facilities: "We look forward to having several members of Congress tour HHS – funded Unaccompanied Alien Children (UAC) facilities in Texas and California today and tomorrow. Congress gave HHS the responsibility to care for these children and teenagers, and we take this legal mandate very seriously. It is our hope that as members tour the facilities they will see the facilities for what they are intended to provide: safe and healthy environments for children and teenagers to reside u...
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  • Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration Announces 196 Million Dollars Funding Opportunity for Opioid Treatment Grants

    Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration Announces $196 Million Funding Opportunity for Opioid Treatment Grants to Hardest-hit States and Tribes




    (May 30, 2018) - - The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), an agency within the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is now accepting applications for $196 million to treat opioid use disorder through its Targeted Capacity Expansion: Medication Assisted Treatment-Prescription Drug Opioid Addiction grant program. The new ...
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