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March 2, 2010 | David Lazarus
The medical records of more than 18,000 patients of at least five Torrance doctors were potentially accessed by cyber-thieves on a single day in September, but this is probably the first you're hearing of it. Although a new federal law requiring greater disclosure of medical-data security breaches was passed a year ago, it wasn't until recently that the Department of Health and Human Services began posting specific incidents online. And the feds aren't exactly being generous with details about people's confidential medical info being hacked or going astray.
March 1, 2009 | Washington Post
Kansas Gov. Kathleen Sebelius on Saturday accepted President Obama's request to become his Health and Human Services secretary, stepping into a central role in the new administration's ambitious effort to overhaul the nation's healthcare system. The White House is to convene a summit on healthcare in a few days, an early step in Obama's plan to vastly expand the reach of the nation's healthcare system. A formal announcement of her nomination is planned Monday. The summit, the first in a series of open meetings planned around the country, is intended to call attention to problems in the nation's system, including soaring costs and big coverage gaps -- with the hope of rallying public support to counter expected opposition.
September 23, 2005 | Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar, Times Staff Writer
Federal investigators have joined a Louisiana inquiry into nursing home deaths during Hurricane Katrina, as the government begins considering stronger requirements to protect patients in healthcare facilities during natural disasters. Industry officials say the deaths were tragic exceptions in chaotic circumstances under which most facilities carried out their duties, some of them heroically.
Drivers anywhere in the country could dial 511 to avoid traffic tie-ups, and families needing food or shelter could call 211 for help under plans approved by federal regulators Friday. It will be up to local governments and charities to offer the phone services on those numbers. The Federal Communications Commission, guardian of the scarce three-digit phone numbers, set aside the new codes after determining that quick, easy-to-remember access to those services would greatly benefit the public.
August 1, 2004 | Evan Halper and Peter Nicholas, Times Staff Writers
Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger signed a $105.4-billion state budget before a cheering crowd Saturday, enacting a compromise spending plan that avoids new taxes but depends heavily on borrowing. Before signing the budget bill, Schwarzenegger used his veto power to trim an additional $116 million from social service, education and environmental programs on top of the cuts he already had worked out with legislative leaders. The budget is taking effect a month late.
February 22, 2010 | By Christi Parsons
President Obama's new healthcare overhaul plan would give the federal government greater authority to stop rate increases imposed by health insurers, an administration official said late Sunday. The proposal, to be posted on the White House website Monday, would give the Health and Human Services secretary power to block premium increases that were deemed excessive. It also would set up a panel of experts charged with evaluating the healthcare market each year and determining what would constitute a reasonable rate increase.
April 29, 2009 | Associated Press
Kathleen Sebelius won Senate confirmation Tuesday as the nation's Health and Human Services secretary, thrusting the former Kansas governor into the middle of the public health emergency involving swine flu. The 65-31 vote came after Democrats urged quick action so that Sebelius could get to work leading the federal response to the flu outbreak. "We find ourselves in the midst of a global crisis," Sen. Christopher J. Dodd (D-Conn.) said.
November 11, 2009 | Bloomberg News
London-based GlaxoSmithKline won U.S. approval to sell its vaccine to fight H1N1 influenza, also known as swine flu, after an eight-week delay. The Food and Drug Administration cleared the vaccine as a strain change to Glaxo's FluLaval seasonal flu vaccine, the drug maker said Tuesday in an e-mailed statement. The U.S. Health and Human Services Department has ordered 7.6 million doses of the swine flu vaccine as part of about 250 million doses secured from all manufacturers, the company said.
April 22, 2009 | Noam N. Levey
Kansas Gov. Kathleen Sebelius won the endorsement of a divided Senate Finance Committee on Tuesday, probably clearing the way for her confirmation as President Obama's secretary of Health and Human Services. But eight of the 10 Republicans on the panel voted against her, underscoring the increasingly partisan nature of the emerging healthcare debate on Capitol Hill. Among the dissenters was Iowa Sen. Charles E.
May 7, 2009 | Noam N. Levey
The Obama administration's senior healthcare official Wednesday flatly rejected the idea of taking over the nation's medical insurance system, saying the federal government did not want to assume management of healthcare coverage. Kathleen Sebelius, in her first appearance before Congress since being confirmed as the secretary of Health and Human Services, said the administration wanted a "public plan option" to encourage competition. It does not want to create a monopoly.
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