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June 21, 2013 | Los Angeles Times
The gig: Leading the fight against Medicare fraud in Southern California, Nevada, Arizona and Hawaii, Glenn Ferry is special agent in charge for the Los Angeles regional office of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' inspector general. Scene of the crime: Ferry's first brush with crime-fighting came at age 7. On a trip to the grocery store with his mother in the Philadelphia suburbs, they stumbled upon a robbery in progress. Within seconds, the police arrived and gunshots were shattering glass.
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April 10, 2014 | By Noam N. Levey and Christi Parsons
WASHINGTON - Kathleen Sebelius, who helped guide the rocky and controversial rollout of President Obama's landmark health law, has resigned as Health and Human Services secretary after more than five years. In her place, the president plans as soon as Friday to nominate Sylvia Mathews Burwell, director of the White House Office of Management and Budget, according to a senior administration official. Sebelius was not pressured to resign, the official said. But she leaves after presiding over the disastrous launch of the health law's online insurance marketplaces last fall.
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BUSINESS
September 24, 2013 | By Noam N. Levey
WASHINGTON - Most Americans who shop for health insurance on new online marketplaces set up under President Obama's health law will have a wide variety of choices, a new report from the Department of Health and Human Services indicates. And many young consumers will be able to select health plans that cost $100 a month or less, according to the report, which is based on a preliminary analysis of premiums that insurers will charge when the insurance becomes available Jan. 1 in 36 states.
NEWS
December 17, 2013 | By Noam N. Levey
WASHINGTON - A former executive at software giant Microsoft is assuming oversight of the Obama administration's efforts to repair the troubled HealthCare.gov website, the Department of Health and Human Services announced Tuesday. Kurt DelBene, who most recently served as president of the Microsoft Office Division, will take over from Jeffrey Zeints, a management expert whom the president asked to rescue the site after its disastrous rollout on Oct. 1. Zeints is widely credited with helping to make the site functional, allowing tens of thousands of Americans to select a health insurance plan on marketplaces created by the president's 2010 health law. Over the last 2-1/2 months, federal officials and private contractors have dramatically cut errors and improved performance on the site, but insurance companies and others say there are lingering problems with the enrollment system.
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February 12, 1986 | United Press International
President Reagan will nominate Donald M. Newman as undersecretary of health and human services, the White House announced Tuesday.
NEWS
December 3, 1987
Ruth R. Wu of San Gabriel, dean of the School of Health and Human Services and professor of nursing at California State University, Los Angeles, has received the Hassenplug Award from the California Nursing Assn. for her contributions to education.
NEWS
March 20, 1986
President Reagan said he intends to nominate Dorcas R. Hardy, assistant health and human services secretary, to be commissioner of Social Security. If confirmed by the Senate, Hardy, 39, a former health services official at USC, would succeed John A. Svahn as head of the pension system. Hardy was California's assistant secretary for health under then-Gov. Reagan in 1973-74.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 18, 1991
Operation Desert Storm has become Operation Overkill. Enough parades (Part A, June 9, June 11) have been held and money spent to finance three wars! More than 65,000 of our citizens are still serving in the Mideast. With our educational, health and human services in a deplorable state, I think it is high time that our government begins to seriously address these problems. For too many deprived people, the "parade has already passed them by." GARY TRAXLER, North Hollywood
NATIONAL
June 4, 2003 | From Associated Press
Tommy G. Thompson said Tuesday that he will not stay for a second term as secretary of Health and Human Services. Thompson did not say whether he would stay through President Bush's reelection campaign and the 2004 election. "I think it's time for me to take a hiatus from government and do something else for a while," he said. Thompson, a former governor of Wisconsin, said he eventually would run for office again.
NEWS
April 16, 1987 | From the Washington Post
C. McClain Haddow, former chief of staff to the secretary of health and human services, was indicted Wednesday on charges of fraudulently obtaining more than $30,000 from a charitable foundation and of taking kickbacks on contracts to write speeches for former Secretary Margaret M. Heckler. In a seven-count indictment, Haddow was charged with secretly routing $33,540 in payments from the nonprofit T.
NATIONAL
October 31, 2013 | By Michael A. Memoli
WASHINGTON - In her first appearance before Congress since the botched debut of the federal healthcare website, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius on Wednesday apologized for the "debacle," accepted responsibility and promised the technical problems could be fixed. Sebelius acknowledged that enrolling in insurance plans through the federal government's online marketplace was a “miserably frustrating experience for way too many Americans” - an observation Republicans repeatedly underscored by pointing to a screen that showed in real time that the website, healthcare.gov, was displaying an error message.
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October 2, 2013 | By Noam N. Levey
WASHINGTON - Problems with health insurance marketplaces created by President Obama's healthcare law persisted for a second day Wednesday as website glitches prevented many consumers from enrolling in coverage. Obama administration officials attributed the problems to high traffic at the federal website -   healthcare.gov - which is the main portal for consumers in 36 states to select a health plan. Residents of the remaining 14 states, including California, Connecticut and Maryland, and the District of Columbia can use state-operated websites, many of which also continued to struggle to keep up with demand.
BUSINESS
September 24, 2013 | By Noam N. Levey
WASHINGTON - Most Americans who shop for health insurance on new online marketplaces set up under President Obama's health law will have a wide variety of choices, a new report from the Department of Health and Human Services indicates. And many young consumers will be able to select health plans that cost $100 a month or less, according to the report, which is based on a preliminary analysis of premiums that insurers will charge when the insurance becomes available Jan. 1 in 36 states.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 22, 2013 | By Anna Gorman
Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) attacked Republicans on Thursday for their repeated attempts to repeal Obamacare, saying threats to shut down the government or limit the debt ceiling are irresponsible and ineffective. “The big problem we have are Republicans,” she said, speaking at a health center in North Hollywood. “They are the obstacle.” Despite the continued discussions about repeal, Boxer said the states and federal government are moving forward with the Affordable Care Act and plan to begin enrolling people in new coverage options in October.
SCIENCE
July 6, 2013 | By Brad Balukjian
The World Health Organization's new recommendation that people with HIV begin treatment with antiretroviral drugs sooner rather than later doesn't go far enough, according to a prominent immunologist at the University of California, San Francsico Medical Center. On Sunday, the WHO changed its position on how long people should wait before they start taking ART, a trio of virus-fighting drugs known as the HIV cocktail. In 2010, the health experts said treatment should begin after the number of CD4 immune system cells dropped below 350 per cubic millimeter of blood.
BUSINESS
June 21, 2013 | Los Angeles Times
The gig: Leading the fight against Medicare fraud in Southern California, Nevada, Arizona and Hawaii, Glenn Ferry is special agent in charge for the Los Angeles regional office of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' inspector general. Scene of the crime: Ferry's first brush with crime-fighting came at age 7. On a trip to the grocery store with his mother in the Philadelphia suburbs, they stumbled upon a robbery in progress. Within seconds, the police arrived and gunshots were shattering glass.
NEWS
May 15, 2013 | By Noam N. Levey
WASHINGTON - In an unusual break in the partisan warring over healthcare, the Senate on Wednesday confirmed President Obama's choice to oversee the mammoth Medicare and Medicaid health programs. Marilyn Tavenner, a former hospital executive and Virginia health secretary, became the first head of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to win Senate confirmation since 2006. The vote was 91 to 7. Tavenner was nominated for the post in 2011 and has been acting head of the agency, a division of the Department of Health and Human Services.
SCIENCE
May 11, 2013 | By Monte Morin, Los Angeles Times
In yet another scathing critique of government health officials, a federal judge refused Friday to stay his order making emergency contraceptives available to consumers of all ages without a prescription. Calling government efforts to restrict the sale of drugs such as Plan B "frivolous and taken for the purpose of delay," U.S. District Judge Edward R. Korman of New York wrote that the medications would be available to all unless the 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals ruled otherwise by noon Eastern time on Monday.
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