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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.
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.
May 18, 2012
Prodded by an ultraconservative Catholic group, the Archdiocese of Washington, D.C., has criticized Friday's scheduled speech at Georgetown University by Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius. Although Sebelius favors abortion rights, the "sin" that incurred the archdiocese's displeasure was the Obama administration's proposed rule requiring insurance coverage for contraception for employees of religious hospitals and educational institutions. Because Sebelius' actions "present the most direct challenge to religious liberty in recent history," the archdiocese suggested, students at the Jesuit-affiliated university shouldn't be able to hear her speak at an awards ceremony for its Public Policy Institute.
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.
January 27, 2005 | Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar, Times Staff Writer
The Senate on Wednesday overwhelmingly confirmed Michael Leavitt as the new secretary of Health and Human Services, setting aside partisan divisions that have roiled debate over some of President Bush's other nominees. Leavitt, who turns 54 next month, most recently headed the Environmental Protection Agency and served three terms as governor of Utah.
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.
January 31, 2009 | Noam N. Levey
Former Sen. Tom Daschle, tapped by President Obama to lead his healthcare reform campaign, failed to pay more than $128,000 in taxes in the three years before Obama nominated him in December to head the Department of Health and Human Services. The disclosure -- involving unreported income and the use of a car and driver provided to Daschle -- comes 2 1/2 weeks after Obama's choice to head the Treasury Department, Timothy Geithner, admitted that he had not paid about $43,000 in taxes.
August 17, 2009 | Andrew Zajac
The Obama administration continued to back away from a government-run insurance option today, with Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius saying it is "not the essential element" of healthcare overhaul. She, and other White House surrogates on the Sunday talk shows, indicated that the public option is not indispensable. But finding a way to keep insurance affordable is. "I think there will be a competitor to private insurers," Sebelius said. "That's really the essential part, is you don't turn over the whole new marketplace to private insurance companies and trust them to do the right thing."
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