U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Former Wisconsin health leader pledges ‘common-ground’ agenda if confirmed for HHS post

BY: - April 19, 2021

WASHINGTON — When Andrea Palm worked at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services during the Obama administration, she says there was a theme to the policy issues that ended up on her plate: ones that required bipartisan cooperation. The agency’s secretary at the time, Sylvia Burwell, had a nickname for Palm’s portfolio: the “common-ground […]

Senate panel splits over Xavier Becerra, Biden’s pick to lead Health and Human Services

BY: - March 3, 2021

WASHINGTON — A Senate panel divided evenly along party lines Wednesday over the nomination of Xavier Becerra, President Biden’s pick to lead the Department of Health and Human Services. The 14-14 vote came in the Senate Finance Committee, with Democrats in support of advancing Becerra’s nomination and Republicans opposed to sending it to the full […]

Federal rural health panel offers little help for the public on COVID-19

BY: - October 16, 2020

WASHINGTON — The pandemic is ripping through rural America, but the website for a federal advisory panel on rural health is silent on COVID-19. The panel is headed by former Kansas Gov. Jeff Colyer. Colyer, a Republican and physician, continues to tout the use of hydroxychloroquine as a COVID-19 treatment despite warnings about its use. He […]

Much of the federal coronavirus money distributed so far goes to hospitals that need it least, critics say

BY: - May 19, 2020

The rich keep getting richer — even among hospitals dealing with a historic pandemic.

Fauci warns reopening too soon could cause ‘suffering and death’

BY: - May 14, 2020

WASHINGTON — A top Trump administration health official warned U.S. senators Tuesday that reopening the economy too quickly could cause suffering, death and an even longer economic setback. Dr. Anthony Fauci, the head of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases at the National Institutes of Health, told lawmakers there could be a surge […]

Lawmakers press Congress for more relief cash for rural America

BY: - May 11, 2020

WASHINGTON — Federal lawmakers are urging Congress to help rural America in the next round of coronavirus legislation. Congress approved more than $2 trillion in response to the pandemic in March, but many lawmakers say it doesn’t do enough to address the needs of rural Americans. Media coverage of the pandemic has focused on urban […]

Federal funds coming to help state community health centers, seniors

BY: - March 25, 2020

Federal funding will be coming to the state, targeted at helping community health centers during the coronavirus outbreak. Community health centers across the state are each getting a piece of a $3.2 million in monies secured as part of a coronavirus funding passed recently. The money is being distributed from U.S. Department of Health and […]