CORONAVIRUS/HHS/TRUMP PEOPLE: “Trump appointees in the Health and Human Services department last year privately touted their efforts to block or alter scientists’ reports on the coronavirus to more closely align with then-President Donald Trump’s more optimistic messages about the outbreak, according to newly released documents from congressional investigators. The documents provide further insight into how […]

Read More… from 4/9/2021


COVID-19/HHS/TRAVEL BAN: “In the wake of the unprecedented outbreak of COVID–19 in the United States, I took action to suspend and limit the entry of aliens recently present in certain foreign jurisdictions where significant COVID–19 outbreaks had occurred… On January 12, 2021, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued an order, effective January […]

Read More… from 1/18/2021


HHS/TRUMP ADMIN: “The Trump Administration rejected a push by the scientific community for recommendations that adults should reduce sugar and alcohol in their diets. While the Dietary Guidelines for Americans for 2020-25 advised for the first time that children under 2 years old avoid sugar, the publication issued Tuesday [Dec. 29, 2020] left recommendations for […]

Read More… from 12/29/2020


ABORTION/CALIFORNIA/HEALTHCARE/TRUMP ADMIN: “The Trump administration said Wednesday [Dec. 16, 2020] it was cutting $200 million in federal healthcare funding to California because the state requires insurance providers to cover abortions… The Department of Health and Human Services determined that the state was violating a federal antidiscrimination law, known as the Weldon Amendment, that protects insurers […]

Read More… from 12/16/2020


BIDEN-HARRIS ADMIN/HHS/TRUMP ADMIN: “The Trump administration wants to require the incoming Department of Health and Human Services team to review most HHS regulations by 2023 — and automatically void those that haven’t been assessed by then. The recently proposed rule would require HHS to analyze within 24 months about 2,400 regulations — rules that affect […]

Read More… from 12/9/2020


COVID-19/TRUMP EXECUTIVE ORDERS/VACCINES: “It is the policy of the United States to ensure Americans have priority access to free, safe, and effective COVID-19 vaccines. After ensuring the ability to meet the vaccination needs of the American people, it is in the interest of the United States to facilitate international access to United States Government COVID-19 […]

Read More… from 12/8/2020


CORONAVIRUS/HHS/VACCINES: “Kathleen Sebelius, a former Health and Human Services secretary under President Barack Obama, offered some praise for the Trump administration’s vaccine efforts on Monday but said the administration has shirked other critical responsibilities in mitigating the spread of coronavirus. ‘There’s no question that Operation Warp Speed has been a great success getting to the […]

Read More… from 11/16/2020


HHS/TRUMP PEOPLE: “Michael Caputo, 58, the assistant secretary of public affairs at the Department of Health and Human Services, said without evidence that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention was harboring a ‘resistance unit’ determined to undermine President Trump. Mr. Caputo… has faced criticism for leading efforts to warp C.D.C. weekly bulletins to fit […]

Read More… from 9/14/2020


CORONAVIRUS/FDA/HHS/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar pushed back Wednesday against claims that President Trump pressured the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to authorize the use of convalescent plasma to treat coronavirus patients, but he did credit Trump for removing ‘unnecessary bureaucratic red tape that stands in the way of saving lives.’… […]

Read More… from 8/26/2020


CORONAVIRUS/COVID-19/HHS/LEAKS/MEDIA/WHISTLEBLOWER: “So the so-called HHS Whistleblower was against HYDROXYCHLOROQUINE. Then why did he make, and sign, an emergency use authorization? @NorahODonnell said, ‘He shared his concerns with a reporter.’ In other words, he LEAKED. A dumb @60Minutes hit job on a grandstanding Never Trumper!“ –Donald Trump, Twitter.com, May 18, 2020 4:44 am […]

Read More… from 5/18/2020


HHS/MEDIA/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT/TRUMP PEOPLE: “Reports that H.H.S. Secretary @AlexAzar is going to be ‘fired’ by me are Fake News. The Lamestream Media knows this, but they are desperate to create the perception of chaos & havoc in the minds of the public. They never even called to ask. Alex is doing an excellent job!” –Donald […]

Read More… from 4/26/2020


CORONAVIRUS/HHS/MIKE PENCE/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “It is FAKE NEWS that @HHSGov @SecAzar is ‘sidelined’ from the great job he is doing on the CoronaVirus Task Force. He has the total confidence of the @VP and myself, and is doing a fantastic job, as the numbers would indicate!” –Donald Trump, Twitter.com, March 6, 2020 10:38 am […]

Read More… from 3/6/2020


CORONAVIRUS/HHS/MIKE PENCE/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “The White House announced Thursday [2-27-20] that they had named a coronavirus ‘coordinator’ to lead response to the health crisis. Ambassador Debbie Birx, who serves as the U.S. government’s leader for combatting HIV/AIDS globally, will report to Vice President Mike Pence, the administration’s point person for the response. She will also […]

Read More… from 2/27/2020


CORONAVIRUS/DEMS/HHS/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “The White House on Monday [2-24-20] sent lawmakers an urgent $2.5 billion plan to address the deadly coronavirus outbreak, whose rapid spread and threat to the global economy rocked financial markets. The White House budget office said the funds are for vaccines, treatment and protective equipment. The request was immediately slammed by […]

Read More… from 2/24/2020


HHS/MEDICARE/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT/TRUMP PEOPLE: “President Donald Trump has personally tried to settle the long-running feud between his two top health appointees, telling his health secretary to fix the relationship with his Medicare chief, said three individuals with knowledge of the situation. Trump and Seema Verma, who runs the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, privately […]

Read More… from 12/5/2019


FDA/HHS/NOMINATIONS/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT/TRUMP PEOPLE: “President Trump said Friday [11-1-19] that he intended to nominate Dr. Stephen M. Hahn, a top executive at The University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, to be the next commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration. If he is confirmed by the Senate, Dr. Hahn would fill the vacancy left […]

Read More… from 11/1/2019


HEALTHCARE/HHS/MEDICARE/SENATE/SENIORS/TRUMP EXECUTIVE ORDERS: “The proposed Medicare for All Act of 2019, as introduced in the Senate (‘Medicare for All’) would destroy our current Medicare program, which enables our Nation’s seniors and other vulnerable Americans to receive affordable, high-quality care from providers of their choice. Rather than upend Medicare as we know it, my Administration will […]

Read More… from 10/3/2019


DRUGS/HHS/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “Lowering drug prices for many Americans – including our great seniors! At my direction, @HHSGov @SecAzar just released a Safe Importation Action Plan. Our Governors will be very happy too! @GovRonDeSantis @GovofCO https://t.co/VIxmZWgYM2” –Donald Trump, Twitter.com, July 31, 2019 10:10 am […]

Read More… from 7/31/2019


CANADA/DRUGS/HHS/PHARMA/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “The Trump administration took a step Wednesday [7-31-19] toward allowing importation of medicines from Canada, an action the president has advocated as a way to bring cheaper prescription drugs to Americans, but the pharmaceutical industry was quick to resist the move. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) said it […]

Read More… from 7/31/2019


HEALTHCARE/HHS/TRUMP EXECUTIVE ORDERS: “By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, it is hereby ordered as follows… My Administration is dedicated to advancing American kidney health.  The state of care for patients with chronic kidney disease and end-stage renal disease (ESRD) is unacceptable: […]

Read More… from 7/10/2019


HEALTHCARE/HHS/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “President Donald Trump on Wednesday [7-10-19] will order a series of initiatives to encourage more kidney transplants and treatment at home, the start of a process intended to overhaul a market in which the federal government spends more than $100 billion per year. Trump’s executive order — slated to be timed to […]

Read More… from 7/8/2019


DRUGS/HHS/MEDICARE/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “President Trump said Friday [7-5-19] that the White House was writing an executive order to require pharmaceutical companies to offer the United States government among the lowest prices in the world, in comments that were not immediately clear to many experts on the country’s health care system…The White House has made the […]

Read More… from 7/5/2019


HEALTHCARE/HHS/TRUMP EXECUTIVE ORDERS: “My Administration seeks to enhance the ability of patients to choose the healthcare that is best for them.  To make fully informed decisions about their healthcare, patients must know the price and quality of a good or service in advance.  With the predominant role that third-party payers and Government programs play in the […]

Read More… from 6/24/2019


DRUGS/HHS/PHARMA/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “Merck & Co Chief Executive Ken Frazier said on Thursday [6-20-19] a rule to base the price the U.S. government pays for some prescription drugs in it Medicare program on lower prices in other countries would face legal challenges if adopted. U.S. President Donald Trump said last year that one way his […]

Read More… from 6/20/2019


ABORTION/HHS/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “The Trump administration announced Wednesday [6-5-19] that the federal government would sharply curtail federal spending on medical research that uses tissue from aborted fetuses, mainly by ending fetal-tissue research within the National Institutes of Health. The move goes a long way toward fulfilling a top goal of anti-abortion groups that have lobbied […]

Read More… from 6/5/2019


HEALTHCARE/HHS/MIKE PENCE/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “Sweeping new protections for religious health care workers and an overhaul of family planning programs to effectively cut out Planned Parenthood represent something unusual in the Trump administration: a clear spotting of the fingerprints of Vice President Mike Pence. From topics ranging from trade to the president’s scorched-earth attacks against the […]

Read More… from 5/20/2019


DRUGS/HHS/HIV-AIDS/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “Hundreds of thousands of uninsured people may soon have access to medication meant to curb the HIV epidemic. President Donald Trump and Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar announced on Twitter that the administration has worked with biotechnology company Gilead to secure a donation of an HIV prevention drug. Truvada is […]

Read More… from 5/9/2019


DRUGS/HHS/PHARMA/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “The Trump administration finalized a rule Wednesday [5-8-19] that requires drugmakers to disclose prices in television ads, despite skepticism the move will lower the high cost of drugs and concerns that sticker shock will frighten patients into going off their medications. Under the rule, which takes effect in 60 days, manufacturers must […]

Read More… from 5/8/2019


HEALTHCARE/HHS/RELIGION/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “President Trump on Thursday [5-2-19] announced an expanded ‘conscience rule’ to protect health care workers who oppose abortion, sterilization, assisted suicide and other medical procedures on religious or moral grounds. The rule establishes guidelines for punishing health care institutions with the loss of federal funds if they fail to respect the rights of […]

Read More… from 5/2/2019


BORDER/CONGRESS/FEDERAL FUNDING/HHS/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “The White House asked Congress on Wednesday [5-1-19] to allocate $4.5 billion in emergency funds for the southwestern border as federal agencies struggle to house and cope with the influx of asylum seekers coming into the United States. The request, which includes about $3.3 billion to house unaccompanied migrant children, feed […]

Read More… from 5/1/2019


ABORTION/HHS/PLANNED PARENTHOOD/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “The Trump administration took an important step on Friday [3-29-19] in its push to restrict access to abortion and contraception, announcing that it would give as much as $5.1 million in family planning funds to a nonprofit organization funded by allies of the Catholic Church. The grant from the Department of […]

Read More… from 3/29/2019


ABORTION/HHS/PLANNED PARENTHOOD/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT/WOMEN: “The Trump administration announced Friday [3-29-19] that it’s awarding about $250 million in Title X federal family planning grants to states and providers across the country. The providers include an anti-abortion chain of clinics, as well as several states and provider groups that are threatening to drop out of the program […]

Read More… from 3/29/2019


HHS/LEGAL/MEDICAID/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “A federal district court judge handed the Trump administration another defeat in its attempt to allow states to impose work requirements in Medicaid, which has caused 18,000 people to lose coverage so far. In two closely watched cases, US District Court Judge James Boasberg Wednesday [3-27-19] voided the administration’s approvals of requests […]

Read More… from 3/27/2019


CHILDREN/HHS/IMMIGRATION/JUSTICE DEPARTMENT/SEX ABUSE/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “The Department of Health and Human Services received more than 4,500 complaints of sexual abuse against unaccompanied minors from 2014-2018, according to internal agency documents released Tuesday [2-26-19] by Florida Democratic Rep. Ted Deutch. In addition,1,303 complaints were reported to the Justice Department during that same time frame, according to […]

Read More… from 2/26/2019


ABORTION/DEMS/HHS/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “President Donald Trump’s administration issued a rule Friday [2-22-19] to restrict federal funding for groups such as Planned Parenthood that provide abortion referrals. The rule, first proposed by the Department of Health and Human Services last year, would ban organizations from providing abortions if they are performed in the same facilities as […]

Read More… from 2/22/2019


BORDER/CHILDREN/COURTS/HHS/IMMIGRATION/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “A federal judge appeared poised on Thursday [2-21-19] to order the government to fully account for all migrant families that were separated before and after the Trump administration formally announced it’s ‘zero-tolerance’ policy. U.S. District Judge Dana Sabraw ordered the administration to end the family separation policy on June 26, 2018, and […]

Read More… from 2/21/2019


BORDER/CHILDREN/HHS/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “A senior Department of Health and Human Services official told lawmakers on Thursday [2-7-19] that he had raised concerns about separating families apprehended at the US-Mexico border to three Trump appointees before the administration’s controversial “zero tolerance” immigration policy was announced…White said he had shared those concerns with then-director of the Office […]

Read More… from 2/7/2019


BORDER/CHILDREN/HHS/HOUSE OF REPS/IMMIGRATION/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “A House panel is requesting additional documents from the Department of Health and Human Services related to the administration’s ‘zero tolerance’ immigration policy that led to the separation of families apprehended along the southern border, after an earlier request went unfulfilled…The House Energy and Commerce Committee’s Subcommittee on Oversight and […]

Read More… from 2/5/2019


BORDER/CHILDREN/HHS/LAWSUIT/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “The Trump administration defended its efforts to identify and reunify migrant children who had been separated from their undocumented parents along the US-Mexico border in a response to a court order filed Friday [2-1-19]. US District Judge Dana Sabraw had ordered the administration to respond to a Health and Human Services Department […]

Read More… from 2/1/2019


DRUGS/HHS/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “The Trump administration on Thursday [1-31-19] proposed an ambitious overhaul of the drug purchasing system in its latest bid to lower the cost of medicines. The Department of Health and Human Services proposed eliminating a legal exemption and making the rebates drugmakers give insurance plans and middlemen in the drug supply chain […]

Read More… from 1/31/2019


BORDER/CHILDREN/HHS/HOUSE OF REPS/IMMIGRATION/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “A House panel sent a letter Friday [1-18-19] to Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar requesting he turn over documents related to the administration’s ‘zero-tolerance’ policy that led to the separation of families apprehended along the southern border. The letter from the House Energy and Commerce Committee’s Subcommittee on […]

Read More… from 1/18/2019


BORDER/CHILDREN/HHS/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “The Trump administration separated thousands more migrant kids at the border than it previously acknowledged, and the separations began months before the policy was announced, according to a federal audit released Thursday morning…HHS officials involved in caring for the separated children and reunifying families estimated ‘thousands’ of additional children are separated at […]

Read More… from 1/17/2019


CHILDREN/HHS/IMMIGRATION/TEXAS/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “All minors at a massive tent camp for migrant children in Tornillo, Texas, have been have been placed with vetted sponsors, an official with the contractor that operates the facility for the Department of Health and Human Services said Friday[1-11-19-]. The release of the last children at the controversial desert facility comes […]

Read More… from 1/11/2019


HHS/PHARMA/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “President Donald Trump has summoned top officials for a White House meeting on drug prices, frustrated over a new round of price hikes after Trump promised to lower pharmaceutical costs, two individuals with knowledge told POLITICO. Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar, Council of Economic Advisers Chairman Kevin Hassett and acting […]

Read More… from 1/8/2019


COURTS/DRUGS/HHS/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “A federal court has rejected President Trump’s first major effort to cut payments for prescription drugs, saying the administration went far beyond its legal authority. The Trump administration made a ‘drastic departure from the statutorily mandated rates’ when it reduced payments to hospitals for drugs given to Medicare beneficiaries in outpatient clinics, […]

Read More… from 1/7/2019


CHILDREN/HHS/IMMIGRATION/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “The Trump administration is reversing a controversial policy implemented this summer that immigration advocates say caused thousands of unaccompanied migrant children to remain in shelters for extended periods. The Department of Health and Human Services is no longer requiring fingerprint checks for all adult members of a sponsor’s household when the sponsor […]

Read More… from 12/18/2018


HHS/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT/TRUMP PEOPLE: “Anonymous reporting led to an ‘inaccurate’ story about federal funding of controversial fetal tissue research, the US Department of Health and Human Services said Wednesday [12-5-18]. HHS’s National Institutes of Health has made no decision on whether to extend a University of California, San Francisco contract for controversial research involving fetal […]

Read More… from 12/5/2018


COURT/HHS/MEDICAID/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “The Trump administration has once again approved Kentucky’s request to require certain Medicaid recipients to get jobs or lose their benefits. The state was set to begin implementing the mandate this summer, but was blocked by a US district court judge, who voided the federal government’s earlier approval. Judge James Boasberg said […]

Read More… from 11/20/2018


HHS/REFUGEES/TRUMP PEOPLE: “The Trump administration’s controversial refugee office director is being reassigned inside the department, according to an internal HHS email obtained by POLITICO. Scott Lloyd, who has come under fire for his oversight of migrant children in federal custody, is being moved to the HHS Center for Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships, where he’ll be […]

Read More… from 11/19/2018


BORDER/CHILDREN/HHS/IMMIGRATION/REFUGEES/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “The head of the Trump administration’s Office of Refugee Resettlement, which was criticized for its role overseeing shelters for unaccompanied immigrant minors, is leaving his post. The Department of Health and Human Services says Scott Lloyd will move to a new role at the Center for Faith and Opportunity Initiatives. Lloyd says […]

Read More… from 11/19/2018


ABORTION/COURTS/HHS/OBAMACARE/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “HHS on Wednesday [11-7-18] rolled out two regulations, one final and one proposed, that would further restrict access to reproductive health care procedures. — The move that was expected: HHS finalized a rule that would allow nearly any employer to claim a moral or religious exemption to Obamacare’s birth control mandate. The […]

Read More… from 11/8/2018


DRUGS/HHS/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “President Donald Trump pledged on Wednesday [10-24-18] to put an ‘extremely big dent’ in the scourge of drug addiction in America as he signed legislation intended to help tackle the opioid crisis, the deadliest epidemic of overdoses in the country’s history. Nearly 48,000 people died last year from overdoses involving opioids. Overall, […]

Read More… from 10/24/2018


BORDER/HHS/IMMIGRATION/MEXICO/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “The Trump administration is eyeing a shake-up of its refugee operation — and scrutinizing its controversial director — as President Donald Trump steps up his call for another crackdown along the U.S.-Mexico border. A top official at the Department of Health and Human Services, which runs the refugee resettlement program, is conducting […]

Read More… from 10/23/2018


DRUGS/HHS/MELANIA/PENNSYLVANIA: “First lady Melania Trump will travel to Philadelphia to meet with families of children who were affected by exposure to opioids while in the womb. Mrs. Trump is being joined on her Wednesday [10-17-18] visit to Thomas Jefferson University Hospital by U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar. The hospital has provided care […]

Read More… from 10/16/2018


DRUGS/HHS/PHARMA/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “Vowing to put American patients first, US Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar on Monday blasted the pharmaceutical industry for not doing enough to bring down drug prices and announced what he called ‘historic action’: a proposal requiring drug manufacturers to include the list price of any drug paid for by […]

Read More… from 10/15/2018


DRUGS/HHS/PHARMA/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “The Trump administration will require drug companies to post their list prices in consumer ads under a proposal to be announced next week — a prominent part of its drug price agenda, according to four individuals with knowledge of the plan. The move — which follows months of battles between the administration, […]

Read More… from 10/12/2018


CONGRESS/DEFENSE/EDUCATION/HHS/SPENDING/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “U.S. President Donald Trump signed a massive spending bill on Friday, providing hundreds of billions of dollars for the Department of Defense and averting the threat of a federal government shutdown at least until December. The bill includes $675 billion to fund the Defense Department for the full year ending on Sept. […]

Read More… from 9/28/2018


CHILDREN/HHS/IMMIGRATION/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “The Trump administration again could not determine where nearly 1,500 immigrant children were over a three-month period this year, the second time in less than a year that it admitted it had lost track of hundreds of undocumented children released from US custody. The findings were released on Tuesday [9-18-18] by a […]

Read More… from 9/19/2018


ABORTION/HHS/NOMINATION/SUPREME COURT/TRUMP PEOPLE: “Brett Kavanaugh’s views on birth control drew scrutiny in Washington on Thursday [9-6-18] as abortion rights advocates charged that the Supreme Court nominee had referred to contraceptives as ‘abortion-inducing drugs.’ Supporters of Kavanaugh were quick to respond, saying he was summarizing the argument of a religious group challenging the Affordable Care Act’s […]

Read More… from 9/7/2018


DRUGS/HHS/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar said it was within his agency’s power to eliminate rebates on prescription drug purchases, a key element of the Trump administration’s plan to lower prescription medicine costs. Such rebates are negotiated in the United States by pharmacy benefits managers (PBMs) to lower the cost […]

Read More… from 8/20/2018


CHILDREN/DHS/HHS/IMMIGRATION/LEGAL/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “The Department of Health and Human Services is not taking responsibility for unaccompanied minors once they’re placed with sponsors, according to a Senate subcommittee report released Wednesday [8-15-18], an issue the subcommittee’s Republican chairman called an ‘incredibly difficult issue’…The report found that Health and Human Services had failed to establish rules to […]

Read More… from 8/15/2018


CHILDREN/DHS/HHS/IMMIGRATION/JUSTICE DEPARTMENT/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “The government has made only incremental improvements to its troubled efforts to care for thousands of migrant children detained entering the U.S. without their parents, perpetuating a problem the Trump administration has aggravated with its ‘zero tolerance’ immigration crackdown, a bipartisan Senate report said Wednesday [8-15-18]. The 52-page study said no […]

Read More… from 8/14/2018


HHS/LAWSUIT/MEDICAID/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “Advocacy groups on Tuesday [8-14-18] filed a lawsuit challenging the decision by President Donald Trump’s administration to allow Arkansas to impose work requirements on Medicaid recipients in the state. The lawsuit, filed against the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services in federal court in Washington on behalf of three Medicaid recipients […]

Read More… from 8/14/2018


HHS/MEDICAID/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “Hoping to head off a full expansion of Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act, some senior officials in the Trump administration and Republican governors have been pushing hard for a smaller expansion to satisfy a growing political demand in their states. But President Trump decided on Friday [7-27-18] to shut down the […]

Read More… from 7/30/2018


BORDER/CHILDREN/DHS/HHS/IMMIGRATION/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “For months, federal immigration officials along the 268-mile stretch of border that separates New Mexico and West Texas from Mexico had been testing a policy of separating migrant parents from their children. What they didn’t plan for was how to reunite them. When a federal judge ordered the Trump administration to reconnect […]

Read More… from 7/27/2018


BORDER/CHILDREN/HHS/IMMIGRATION/TRUMP PEOPLE: “Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar, whose department has recently become entangled in the fight over separating undocumented children from their families, is pushing to keep focus on his agenda. Mr. Azar took office in January with a set of explicit goals after his predecessor, Dr. Tom Price, resigned under an ethics […]

Read More… from 7/18/2018


HEALTHCARE/HHS/IMMIGRATION/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “The health department has quietly dipped into tens of millions of dollars to pay for the consequences of President Donald Trump’s border policy, angering advocates who want the money spent on medical research, rural health programs and other priorities. The Department of Health and Human Services has burned through at least $40 […]

Read More… from 7/18/2018


BORDER/CHILDREN/HHS/IMMIGRATION/LEGAL/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “A federal judge in San Diego is temporarily blocking the government from deporting recently reunited immigrant families, the latest ruling to go against the Trump administration as it rushes to reunite more than 2,500 children with their families. Judge Dana Sabraw gave the Trump administration a week to file a written objection […]

Read More… from 7/16/2018


BORDER/CHILDREN/HHS/JUSTICE DEPARTMENT/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “The Trump administration is attempting to clarify the operational plan it intends to use to reunify migrant children separated from their parents at the southern border after a federal judge late Friday [7-13-18] said the Department of Health and Human Services either ‘does not understand the court’s orders or is acting […]

Read More… from 7/15/2018


BORDER/CHILDREN/HHS/IMMIGRATION/LEGAL/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “A day after dozens of parents were reunited with children who had been separated at the U.S.-Mexico border by immigration officials, the U.S. government faces a looming deadline to match another roughly 2,000 children with parents. The struggle to track and match parents with children under five suggests meeting a July 26 […]

Read More… from 7/11/2018


BORDER/CHILDREN/HHS/IMMIGRATION/TRUMP PEOPLE: “Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar said Tuesday [7-10-18] that his department was performing ‘one of the great acts of American generosity and charity’ in its care of immigrant children. Repeatedly pressed by CNN’s Wolf Blitzer on ‘The Situation Room’ about why HHS won’t allow media cameras into facilities housing children, Azar […]

Read More… from 7/10/2018


BORDER/CHILDREN/HHS/IMMIGRATION/JUSTICE DEPARTMENT/LEGAL/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “The Trump administration is asking a judge for more time to reunite families who cross the border illegally then seek asylum, saying in court documents that officials are still struggling to match some children with parents arrested at the border. A federal judge gave the government until Tuesday [7-10-18] to reunite […]

Read More… from 7/6/2018


BORDER/CHILDREN/DHS/HHS/IMMIGRATION/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar now estimates that under 3,000 kids who may have been separated from their parents are in government custody — a figure far higher than his department released just nine days ago. HHS had previously reported that it had 2,047 children from separated families in its […]

Read More… from 7/5/2018


DRUGS/HHS/PHARMA/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “President Donald Trump in May said that drugmakers would soon announce ‘massive’ price cuts, and his administration rolled out a plan to bring down the cost of medicines. But the companies don’t appear to have gotten that message. Bayer raised the price of two cancer drugs by hundreds of dollars in May […]

Read More… from 7/3/2018


BORDER/CHILDREN/HHS/IMMIGRATION/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “How many immigrant families have been reunited since a judge ordered the US government to halt most family separations at the border? And how many kids from separated immigrant families are still in government custody? We don’t know, because officials aren’t saying. It’s been a week since they released a tally of […]

Read More… from 7/3/2018


BORDER/CHILDREN/HHS/IMMIGRATION/LEGAL/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “Federal officials are struggling to reunite migrant children with their families despite a court deadline, and agencies do not have the resources or procedures to help thousands of children detained at the border back into the arms of their parents, according to a dozen current and former officials, advocates and experts. With […]

Read More… from 7/2/2018


HHS/MEDICAID/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT/TRUMP PEOPLE: “A federal judge ruled Friday [6-29-18] that Kentucky cannot require certain Medicaid recipients to get jobs or lose their benefits. In a closely watched case, US District Court Judge James Boasberg voided the federal government’s approval of Kentucky’s request to implement work requirements and kicked the matter back to the Department […]

Read More… from 6/29/2018


HHS/LAWSUIT/MEDICAID/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “A federal judge on Friday [6-29-18] struck down the Trump administration’s approval of a Kentucky plan to impose work requirements on many Medicaid recipients, a ruling that could have a chilling effect on other states seeking new rules for the program covering 75 million people. U.S. District Judge James Boasberg said Health […]

Read More… from 6/29/2018


CHILDREN/DEFENSE/HHS/IMMIGRATION/MILITARY/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “The United States is preparing to shelter as many as 20,000 migrant children on four American military bases, a Pentagon spokesman said on Thursday, as federal officials struggled to carry out President Trump’s order to keep immigrant families together after they are apprehended at the border. The 20,000 beds at bases in […]

Read More… from 6/21/2018


CHILDREN/HHS/IMMIGRATION/TEXAS/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “The Trump administration has selected federal land in Texas as a place to temporarily house unaccompanied immigrant children, as the agency seeks more capacity amid the increasing number of families separated at the border because of the administration’s policies. In a statement, the office that handles child settlement within the Health and […]

Read More… from 6/14/2018


DRUGS/HHS/PHARMA/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “President Donald Trump on Wednesday [5-3018] said he expects major drug companies to slash prices on their products in two weeks, but did not provide details on which companies would do so or the means by which they would provide such reductions…A Health and Human Services Department (HHS) spokeswoman said the agency […]

Read More… from 5/30/2018


BORDER/HHS/IMMIGRATION/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “The White House on Tuesday [5-29-18] cited a combination of court rulings and laws as the underpinning for its policy to separate immigrant children from their parents, and looked to shift the responsibility to Democrats in Congress. The Trump administration has come under criticism for its policy of separating migrant children from […]

Read More… from 5/29/2018


ABORTION/HHS/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “The Trump administration will move ahead with restrictions on funding access for family planning providers that offer abortion services, the Department of Health and Human Services said Tuesday [5-22-18]. The announcement came shortly before President Donald Trump was addressed the annual gala of the Susan B. Anthony List, a group that supports […]

Read More… from 5/22/2018


ABORTION/HHS/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “Health clinics that get federal family-planning funds would no longer be required to counsel women about abortions and could no longer refer patients for the procedure under a widely anticipated Trump administration initiative. The move is part of a sweeping effort by the administration to roll back access to abortion and contraception, […]

Read More… from 5/18/2018


BORDER/DEFENSE/HHS/IMMIGRATION/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “The Trump administration is exploring holding children caught crossing the border on military bases, signaling the latest effort to move forward with plans to split up families who cross the border illegally. According to a Defense Department official, staffers from the Department of Health and Human Services have begun informally looking at […]

Read More… from 5/15/2018


HEALTHCARE/HHS/NATIVE AMERICANS/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “HHS leaders want states to settle the contentious question of whether Native Americans should get jobs in order to keep their health care — a move that likely won’t resolve the underlying challenge to tribal sovereignty and was sparked by an unusual split between the agency’s politically appointed administrators and legal […]

Read More… from 5/10/2018


HHS/MUSLIMS/RACISM/TRUMP PEOPLE: “A political appointee at the Department of Health and Human Services has apologized and is now back at work at the department after it came to light that she spread conspiracy theories and shared an image that said ‘our forefathers would have hung’ Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton for treason on social media. […]

Read More… from 5/2/2018


HHS/LAWSUITS/PLANNED PARENTHOOD/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “Two organizations that support birth control filed lawsuits on Wednesday [5-2-18] seeking to block the Trump administration from shifting a federal family-planning grant program toward prioritizing groups that are faith-based and counsel abstinence.The lawsuits were filed in federal court in Washington, D.C. by Planned Parenthood and the National Family Planning & […]

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HEALTHCARE/HHS/RELIGION/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT/TRUMP PEOPLE: “The Trump administration is pursuing a significant shift toward a more conservative health-care agenda, expanding the use of civil-rights laws to defend health-industry workers who object to medical procedures on religious grounds. Roger Severino, an administration appointee to the Department of Health and Human Services, is heading a new division at […]

Read More… from 4/13/2018


DRUGS/FDA/HHS/PHARMA/SCOTT GOTTLIEB: “Scrutiny of prescription drug prices isn’t going away, no matter how badly investors wish that it might. Scott Gottlieb, commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration, laid out the flaws in how drugs are priced in the U.S. in a speech on Wednesday [3-7-18] before a health-insurance trade group… Excessive market concentration among […]

Read More… from 3/7/2018


ABORTION/DHS/HHS/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “The Trump administration’s policy of halting abortions among undocumented minors was established by email through an ad hoc process without formal legal vetting, according to new documents released Tuesday by the American Civil Liberties Union. The ACLU, which is suing the administration over the policy, made public the December depositions of the […]

Read More… from 2/28/2018


HHS/TRUMP EXECUTIVE ORDERS: “By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, and to promote the economic, academic, and social benefits of youth sports, fitness, and nutrition, it is hereby ordered as follows: Section 1. Revocation. Executive Order 13545 of June 22, 2010, is […]

Read More… from 2/26/2018


DRUGS/FDA/HHS/PHARMA: “In an effort to encourage new treatments for opioid addiction, the Food and Drug Administration plans to begin permitting pharmaceutical companies to sell medications that help temper cravings, even if they don’t fully stop addiction. The change is part of a wider effort to expand access to so-called medication-assisted treatment, or MAT. The agency […]

Read More… from 2/25/2018


HHS/NOMINATIONS/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “President Donald Trump’s nominee to lead the Indian Health Service has withdrawn from consideration for the job, people familiar with the matter said. The move by Robert Weaver, an insurance broker, comes after The Wall Street Journal published two articles earlier this year in which former colleagues alleged he had in some […]

Read More… from 2/22/2018


HEALTHCARE/HHS/OBAMACARE(ACA)PRE-EXISTING CONDITIONS: “Alex M. Azar II, the new secretary of health and human services, said Thursday [2-15-18] that he would closely scrutinize a plan by Idaho to allow the sale of insurance that does not comply with the Affordable Care Act, an early test of how he will enforce a law he opposes. But he […]

Read More… from 2/15/2018


HHS/LEGAL/PLANNED PARENTHOOD/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “A conservative legal organization worked with the Trump administration to make it easier for states to defund Planned Parenthood, according to documents obtained by congressional Democrats and shared with POLITICO. HHS last month told states they no longer have to comply with Obama administration policy that made it difficult for states […]

Read More… from 2/12/2018


DRUGS/HHS/PHARMA/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “The Trump administration is backing a set of actions aimed at lowering prescription-drug costs, including a cap on the dollar amount that American seniors pay each year for expensive prescription drugs. The administration wasn’t specific about the dollar amount for the drug cap, and some of the proposals would require congressional action. […]

Read More… from 2/9/2018


HEALTHCARE/HHS/OBAMACARE(ACA)/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “Idaho officials said they will begin allowing insurers to sell new plans that don’t meet requirements set by the Affordable Care Act, a move that will test the limits of states’ ability to carve out their own health-insurance rules under the Trump administration. In a bulletin issued Wednesday [1-25-18], the Idaho Department […]

Read More… from 1/25/2018