Health and Human Services News and Research RSS Feed - Health and Human Services News and Research

Hacker breaches HealthCare.gov but steals no data

Hacker breaches HealthCare.gov but steals no data

A hacker broke into part of the government insurance enrollment website in July and uploaded malware, federal officials say. The intrusion was discovered last week by a government security team who said that no personal information was taken and that they boosted the site's security. [More]
First Edition: September 5, 2014

First Edition: September 5, 2014

Today's headlines include reports of hacker activity at the healthcare.gov health insurance website. [More]
State highlights: Texas abortion clinic to reopen after ruling; Maine Medicaid cuts

State highlights: Texas abortion clinic to reopen after ruling; Maine Medicaid cuts

An embattled abortion clinic in McAllen, Tex., which was the last provider of abortions in the vast Rio Grande Valley when new state restrictions forced it to stop last fall, will start operating again by this weekend, its owner said Wednesday, after last week's favorable decision by a federal judge (Eckholm, 9/3). [More]
New antibody in HIV-infected person binds to virus

New antibody in HIV-infected person binds to virus

An NIH-led team of scientists has discovered a new vulnerability in the armor of HIV that a vaccine, other preventive regimen or treatment could exploit. [More]

Immigrants may lose coverage due to website, language issues

Immigrants who obtained subsidized insurance through the federal health law must submit proof by Friday that they are in the U.S. legally, but few appear to have responded -- in some cases due to technical glitches with the federal website as well as language difficulties. [More]
Obamacare questions: What about Taxes? Will employer insurance last?

Obamacare questions: What about Taxes? Will employer insurance last?

When Congress passed the Affordable Care Act, it required health insurers, hospitals, device makers and pharmaceutical companies to share in the cost because they would get a windfall of new, paying customers. [More]
Tenn., Utah exploring Medicaid expansion options

Tenn., Utah exploring Medicaid expansion options

Tenn. Gov. Bill Haslam says state may soon send a proposal to Washington while Utah Gov. Gary Herbert said he is hopeful about expansion for his state. [More]
Amgen seeks EMA approval for marketing talimogene laherparepvec

Amgen seeks EMA approval for marketing talimogene laherparepvec

Amgen today announced the submission of a Marketing Authorization Application (MAA) to the European Medicines Agency (EMA) via the centralized procedure for talimogene laherparepvec seeking approval for the treatment of adults with melanoma that is regionally or distantly metastatic. [More]
State highlights: States seek health care autonomy; L.A. nursing home audit; promoting overdose-reversal drug

State highlights: States seek health care autonomy; L.A. nursing home audit; promoting overdose-reversal drug

Kansas, Missouri and seven other states have signed on to a movement that would wrest regulation of most of the nation's health care insurance systems from the federal government. [More]
NIH to start initial human testing of investigational Ebola vaccine next week

NIH to start initial human testing of investigational Ebola vaccine next week

Initial human testing of an investigational vaccine to prevent Ebola virus disease will begin next week by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, part of the National Institutes of Health. [More]

Pennsylvania, CMS agree on 'Healthy PA' Medicaid expansion plan

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services released a press statement Thursday announcing that CMS and Pennsylvania officials. have agreed to expand Medicaid in Pennsylvania. [More]

Consumers unable to update healthcare.gov data with deadline looming

Hundreds of thousands of people risk losing subsidized health insurance if they don't resubmit immigration information by the end of next week, but many have been unable to comply because of glitches with healthcare.gov. Other stories look at the millions spent on healthcare.gov and at exchange developments in Connecticut, Oregon and Washington. [More]
New Aspen Dental office opens in Selinsgrove, PA

New Aspen Dental office opens in Selinsgrove, PA

A new Aspen Dental office is opening in Selinsgrove, PA on Thursday, September 18. Located at 1597 N. Susquehanna Trail, the conveniently located practice will provide dental services that range from dentures and preventive care to general dentistry and restoration. [More]
State highlights: Calif. hospital chain sues union; Texas sues Xerox again; La. employees face higher health care costs

State highlights: Calif. hospital chain sues union; Texas sues Xerox again; La. employees face higher health care costs

In a surprising move, an anti-union Southern California hospital chain hoping to buy the struggling Daughters of Charity Health Care System is suing employee unions under the federal RICO Act, saying the unions are trying to thwart that deal and others by using extortionist tactics aimed at forcing it to cave into union demands. [More]
First Edition: August 28, 2014

First Edition: August 28, 2014

Today's headlines include reports about the Congressional Budget Office's latest projections regarding Medicare and Medicaid spending. [More]

Conn. exchange chief to tun Healthcare.gov

Federal officials tap Kevin Counihan, who helped launch Connecticut's successful online health insurance marketplace, to oversee the federal exchange, which is used by residents of three dozen states, and to prevent the problems that plagued it last fall. [More]

Federal investigators request firms' documents on troubled Md. exchange

The head of Noridian Healthcare Solutions says the HHS inspector general's office sought documents related to the company's work on Maryland's online health insurance marketplace. [More]
Study provides neural explanation for why some skills are easier to learn than others

Study provides neural explanation for why some skills are easier to learn than others

Learning is easier when it only requires nerve cells to rearrange existing patterns of activity than when the nerve cells have to generate new patterns, a study of monkeys has found. The scientists explored the brain's capacity to learn through recordings of electrical activity of brain cell networks. [More]
First Edition: August 27, 2014

First Edition: August 27, 2014

Today's headlines include reports about Kevin Counihan, the person who take on the challenge of running healthcare.gov. [More]

Report tallies funds committed to federal insurance exchange

The federal government has committed nearly $800 million to the project, according the Health and Human Services' inspector general. [More]