Kathleen Sebelius Resigning

By: Friday April 11, 2014 5:26 am

Kathleen Sebelius, the Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services who became the face of the Affordable Care Act aka “Obamamcare”, is resigning. President Obama accepted her resignation this week and plans to tap Sylvia Mathews Burwell to replace her. Sebelius has a rough tenure as head of HHS especially after the chaotic [...]

White House to States: All or Nothing on the Medicaid Expansion

By: Tuesday December 11, 2012 6:20 am

Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius announced that states will not be eligible for funding for the Medicaid expansion unless they expand it all the way to 133% of poverty as envisioned by the law.

Free Preventive Health Services for Women Begin Under ACA

By: Wednesday August 1, 2012 10:15 am

Today, a series of new health insurance regulations under the Affordable Care Act go into effect, in particular the free (i.e., no co-pay) preventive services for women’s health. And both the Obama Administration and Democrats in Congress are in the midst of a full-court press to let everyone know about it. Here’s Kathleen Sebelius and [...]

Sebelius Acknowledges Potential Opt-Outs of Medicaid Expansion

By: Wednesday July 11, 2012 8:15 am

For the first time, a top Obama Administration official has acknowledged the possibility that states may opt out of the Medicaid expansion from the Affordable Care Act. In a letter to state governors, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius writes that the Supreme Court ruling means that states could reject the expansion of Medicaid [...]

White House, Surrogates Push Back on Catholic Bishop Uproar Over Contraception

By: Monday February 6, 2012 1:27 pm

I didn’t think we had reached the point in America where providing free contraception would be seen as a risky political maneuver, but here we are. Last month, the Administration agreed to universal access to birth control as part of the Affordable Care Act. Insurance companies would need to provide coverage for contraception in both [...]

Federal Court Hears Case to Lift Age Restrictions on Plan B

By: Tuesday December 13, 2011 8:15 am

The next stage of the Plan B saga moves to the courts. Even before last week’s controversial decision keeping the morning-after pill behind the pharmacist’s counter, and requiring women under 17 to secure a prescription before purchase, a coalition led by the Center for Reproductive Rights planned to take the government to court over age [...]

HHS Overrules FDA, Will Not Make Morning After Pill an Over-the-Counter Drug

By: Wednesday December 7, 2011 10:16 am

Though the FDA supported it, the Department of Health and Human Services decided against allowing young teens access to the morning after pill in over-the-counter drugstores without a prescription. Though birth control is now available for free from doctors for anyone with health insurance, women under 17 facing an unplanned pregnancy will still have to [...]

Poverty, Income, Insurance Statistics Show the Ravages of the Lesser Depression

By: Tuesday September 13, 2011 10:15 am

46.2 million Americans lived in poverty in 2010, roughly 15.1% of the population, according to numbers released by the US Census Bureau today. That’s nearly one in six Americans. This is the largest number of Americans in poverty in the history that the Census has recorded the data. And the rate of poverty is the [...]

Institute of Medicine Recommends Free Birth Control as Part of Preventive Services Plan

By: Wednesday July 20, 2011 11:49 am

The fact that the Institute of Medicine recommended that insurance plans cover all birth control for free, with no deductibles or co-pays, is definitely a big deal. The IOM recommendations are not binding, but they were requested by Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius to guide her determinations of essential benefits to be covered [...]

Obama Backs Wyden/Brown Legislation to Accelerate State Opt-Out of Health Care

By: Monday February 28, 2011 8:35 am

President Obama will announce to the National Governor’s Association today that he supports a measure to allow for a faster state opt-out of the health care law, provided that the states meet certain basic minimum coverage requirements. The announcement is the first time Mr. Obama has called for changing a central component of his signature [...]

Republican Governors to Sebelius: Change Health Care Exchanges – Or You Run Them

By: Tuesday February 8, 2011 8:59 am

Some Republican governors wrote a letter to Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius demanding specific changes to the insurance exchanges, with the threat being that they wouldn’t construct their own versions in their states if they didn’t get their way. Their specific concerns, also outlined in an op-ed from Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels, are: [...]

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