Tag Archives: U.S. Health and Human Services Department

Trump picks healthcare “dream team;” or is it something else?

President-elect Donald Trump has assembled his healthcare “dream team.” Rep. Tom Price (R-GA), a longtime critic of the Affordable Care Act but champion of health IT legislation that reduces the burden on physicians,… Read more »

Key Obamacare premiums to rise 25% next year; Great for insurers, but enrollees also win

Premiums for mid-level Obamacare health plans sold on the federal exchanges will see their biggest jump yet next year, another speed bump in the administration’s push for enrollment in the… Read more »

Obama Administration Predicts ACA Enrollment to Grow by 1.1 Million in 2017; Question is How?

The US Health and Human Services Department estimates that more than 1 million additional people will sign up for health insurance on the Obamacare exchanges for 2017 compared with 2016,… Read more »

Zika Funding Plan Announced By Obama Officials; But Why the Long Delay After Congress Finally Voted Them?

US health officials outlined on Tuesday (October 18, 2016) how they planned to divide up $1.1 billion in funds approved by Congress to fight the Zika virus, including repaying $44.25… Read more »

Obamacare Marketplace Expected to Shrink by 1.14 Million as Insurers Flee ACA; Lessons to Learn from Medicare?

An increasing number of people in Obamacare are learning that their health insurance plans won’t be available under the program next year, forcing them to find alternative coverage amidst dwindling… Read more »

Busted: GAO Finds US Illegally Paid Insurers with Funds Meant for Taxpayers

Federal auditors ruled on Thursday that the Obama Administration had violated the law by paying health insurance companies more than allowed under the Affordable Care Act in an effort to hold down… Read more »

Congress Finally Ends Row Over Zika Funding; Months of Lost Vaccine Progress a Shameful Legacy

More than eight months after the White House first asked for it, Congress has finally agreed on some funding to help fight the Zika virus and study its effects. President… Read more »

Carmat Jumps after First Implantation of Bioprosthetic Artificial Heart; Says Device May Last “For Years.”

Carmat SA (Villacoublay FRA) announced that its artificial heart has been implanted for the first time in an important clinical study that may lead to European regulatory approval. It is similarly… Read more »

Aetna Latest Insurer Pulling Back on Obamacare Plans

Aetna Inc. (Hartford CT) said it will reduce by more than 500 U.S. counties its participation in public exchanges under the Affordable Care Act in the face of hundreds of millions of… Read more »

DEA Ignores the Evidence; Keeps Marijuana on Parity with Heroin

In a long-awaited announcement, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration denied requests to loosen the classification of marijuana as a dangerous drug with no medical use. The decision, reported by Reuters,… Read more »