• abortion rights June 28, 2022 9:07 pm

    HHS Sec. Becerra Outlines Plan to Increase Access to Medication Abortion

    Health and Human Services Secretary Xavier Becerra responded to the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade, and outlined his agency’s response, including increased access to medication abortion in cases of risk to the life of the mother, rape or incest.

  • Health and Human Services Department February 9, 2022 8:36 pm

    No, a Government Grant Program Will Not Hand Out ‘Crack Pipes,' Officials Say

    An online report drew ire from the political right, but officials say it was never part of the plan.

  • Health and Human Services Department January 28, 2022 4:29 am

    Watchdog Says Key Federal Health Agency Is Failing on Crises

    A federal watchdog says the government’s main health agency is failing to meet its responsibilities for leading the national response to public health emergencies including the COVID-19 pandemic, extreme weather disasters and even potential bioterrorist attacks.

  • coronavirus August 17, 2021 3:16 pm

    HHS Secretary Visits Lawrence, Praises State's Vaccination Efforts

    Health and Human Services Secretary Xavier Becerra started the day by touring the Greater Lawrence Family Health Center, touting the city and state’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

  • coronavirus vaccine December 9, 2020 8:42 pm

    Vaccines for 20 Million Americans by End of Year, HHS Says

    Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar on Wednesday said the country was still on track to have enough doses to vaccinate 20 million Americans by the end of 2020 and 50 million by the end of January 2021.

  • The Biden Transition December 8, 2020 8:22 pm

    Xavier Becerra: ‘It's Our Turn to Back Up Our Doctors'

    President-elect Joe Biden’s nominee for Secretary Health and Human Services delivered remarks on Tuesday. “It’s our turn to discover the breathtaking opportunities before us in the midst of this hardship and pain,” Becerra said. “It’s our turn to build up and to back up our doctors and medical professionals.”

  • Xavier Becerra December 7, 2020 2:14 pm

    5 Things to Know About Xavier Becerra

    President-elect Joe Biden has picked California Attorney General Xavier Becerra to be his health secretary.

  • coronavirus February 26, 2020 12:21 am

    US Braces for More Coronavirus Cases

    Secretary of Health and Human Services Alex Azar says the immediate risk of COVID-19 to Americans is low but we need to be ready for that to change quickly.

  • Medicare February 14, 2020 6:30 am

    Feds to Track How Private Medicare Info Gets to Marketers

    A government watchdog plans to launch a nationwide probe into how telemarketers may be getting hold of seniors’ personal Medicare information, a red flag for potential fraud and waste.

  • Asher Klein June 14, 2019 1:58 am

    Flint Water Scandal: Prosecutors Drop All Charges, Plan to Restart Probe

    Prosecutors dropped all criminal charges Thursday against eight people in the Flint water crisis and pledged to start from scratch the investigation into one of the worst man-made environmental disasters in U.S. history. The stunning decision came more than three years — and millions of dollars — after authorities began examining the roots of the scandal that left Flint’s water...

  • Donald Trump April 9, 2019 10:36 pm

    AP Fact Check: Trump Tries to Pin Child Separations on Obama

    President Donald Trump is wholly mispresenting the immigration detention policy he introduced that forced migrant children from their parents at the border. “President Obama had child separation,” Trump said Tuesday. “I’m the one that stopped it.” In fact, he stopped — or at least suspended — family separations that spiked as a result of his own “zero-tolerance” policy.

  • Donald Trump March 29, 2019 11:39 am

    Trump's Small-Business Health Insurance Plan Struck Down

    A federal judge has struck down a small-business health insurance plan widely touted by President Donald Trump, marking the second setback in a week for the administration’s health care initiatives. U.S. District Judge John D. Bates wrote in his opinion late Thursday that so-called “association health plans” were “clearly an end-run” around consumer protections required by the Obama-era Affordable Care...

  • Congress February 26, 2019 10:35 pm

    Data Show Allegations of Sex Abuse of Migrant Children

    Thousands of accusations of sexual abuse and harassment of migrant children in government-funded shelters were made over the past four years, including scores directed against adult staff members, according to federal data released Tuesday. The cases include allegations of inappropriate touching, staff members allegedly watching minors while they bathed and showing pornographic videos to minors. Some of the allegations included...

  • Congress February 6, 2019 8:02 pm

    Beto O'Rourke Talks Migrant Separation Policy With Oprah

    Former Texas congressman Beto O’Rourke shared a stage with Oprah Winfrey to talk about the migrant family separation policy enacted by the Trump administration in 2018. During a closed portion of the interview, O’Rourke said he would announce his decision about a 2020 presidential run “before the end of the month,” suggesting he was leaning toward it.

  • Donald Trump February 3, 2019 12:34 am

    US Sees Limitations on Reuniting Migrant Families

    The Trump administration says it would require extraordinary effort to reunite what may be thousands of migrant children who have been separated from their parents and, even if it could, the children would likely be emotionally harmed. The administration outlined its position in a court-ordered response to a government watchdog report last month that found many more migrant children may...

  • Associated Press September 20, 2018 12:14 pm

    Federal Agency Says it Lost Track of 1,488 Migrant Children

    Twice in less than a year, the federal government has lost track of nearly 1,500 migrant children after placing them in the homes of sponsors across the country, federal officials have acknowledged. The Health and Human Services Department recently told Senate staffers that case managers could not find 1,488 children after they made follow-up calls to check on their safety...

  • Donald Trump August 23, 2018 10:21 am

    Trump Administration Needs to Step Up on ‘Obamacare': Watchdog

    A congressional watchdog said the Trump administration needs to step up its management of sign-up seasons for former President Barack Obama’s health care law after mixed results last year in the throes of a failed GOP effort to repeal it. The report due out Thursday from the Government Accountability Office is likely to add to Democrats’ election-year narrative that the...

  • Attorney July 10, 2018 3:28 am

    US to Reunite, Release Half of Detained Migrant Kids Under 5

    More than 50 immigrant children under age 5 will be reunited with their parents by Tuesday’s court-ordered deadline for action by Trump administration, a government attorney said Monday. The families will be released after they are reunited. That’s only about half of the 100 or so infants and toddlers covered by the order.

  • Congress April 27, 2018 10:35 am

    Federal Agency Says It Lost Track of 1,475 Migrant Children

    Federal officials lost track of nearly 1,500 migrant children last year after a government agency placed the minors in the homes of adult sponsors in communities across the country, according to testimony before a Senate subcommittee Thursday. The Health and Human Services Department has a limited budget to track the welfare of vulnerable unaccompanied minors, and realized that 1,475 children...

  • Donald Trump December 19, 2017 1:56 am

    Judge Rules in Favor of 2 Immigrant Teens Who Want Abortions

    A federal judge on Monday ordered President Donald Trump’s administration to allow two pregnant immigrant teenagers in U.S. custody to obtain abortions. U.S. District Judge Tanya Chutkan said the Republican administration can’t prevent the 17-year-old girls from exercising their right to an abortion. Both girls arrived in the country as unaccompanied minors and are being held in federal shelters, though...

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