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HHS Launches Updated Health Info Breach Reporting Tool

The Department of Health and Human Services has released an updated version of its web tool that works to provide details on breaches of health information. HHS said Tuesday the HIPAA Breach Reporting Tool now features optimized navigation for individuals who seek information on breaches as well as organizations that aim to …

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Rep. Tom Price Confirmed as HHS Secretary

The Senate has confirmed Rep. Tom Price (R-Georgia) to head the Department of Health and Human Services through a 52-47 vote, Reuters reported Friday. Susan Cornwell writes Price will have the ability to modify regulations under the 2010 Affordable Care Act in his role as HHS secretary. He authored the legislation to repeal ACA and replace it with tax credits for health …

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Rep. Tom Price Named HHS Secretary Under Trump Administration

Rep. Tom Price (R-Georgia), chairman of the House Budget Committee and an orthopedic surgeon, has been selected to serve as secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services under President-elect Donald Trump’s administration, Politico reported Tuesday. “Chairman Price, a renowned physician, has earned a reputation for being a tireless problem …

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Mac Thornberry: More Defense OCO Funds Needed

House Armed Services Committee Chairman Mac Thornberry (R-Texas) has said the Defense Department’s overseas contingency operations fund is in need of more funding, Breaking Defense reported Tuesday. Colin Clark writes Defense Secretary Ashton Carter said Tuesday that the proposed $582.7 billion defense budget to be released next week as part of President Barack …

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Report: Budget Negotiators Reach ‘Tentative’ Deal on FY 2016 Budget

Budget negotiators in the House and Senate are finalizing a “tentative” agreement that seeks to align the upper and lower chambers’ versions of a fiscal year 2016 budget, Politico reported Wednesday. Rachael Bade writes that Senate Budget Chairman Mike Enzi (R-Wy.) and House Budget Chairman Tom Price (R-Ga.) plan to close the deal …

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House Budget Committee OKs $36B Addition to Overseas War Funds

The House Budget Committee has approved a $3.8 trillion budget plan on a 22-13 vote the morning after the GOP-led committee faced disagreements on defense budget levels, the Associated Press reported Thursday. Andrew Taylor writes the budget could still be amended on the House floor next week as fiscal conservatives called for $20 …

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House GOP Proposes $90B FY 2016 War Budget to Cover Budget Caps

House Republicans have introduced a budget proposal to increase the total fiscal year 2016 defense budget to $613 billion, The Hill newspaper reported Tuesday. Kristina Wong writes the proposal would put $90 billion into the overseas contingency operations fund, which the lawmakers say will cover for the $523 billion defense budget cap mandated by the …

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Rep. Mac Thornberry Wants Restoration of Pre-Sequestration Budget Caps

Mac Thornberry (R-Texas) has proposed to revive pre-sequestration budget caps of $566 billion for national defense and $50.9 billion for overseas operations in a move to address global threats, Defense News reported Friday. John Bennett writes Thornberry, chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, floated the recommendation to raise spending …

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