To those accustomed to hearing Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services administrators rattle off the dry details of policy initiatives when they deliver speeches, Donald M. Berwick's remarks may have seemed startling. Berwick did talk policy, announcing that his agency will soon unveil "the largest national effort on patient safety that we've ever seen."
Supporters of the much-criticized individual mandate in the health care law fought back with a report saying that fewer of the uninsured would be covered and costs would not be reduced if the mandate were dropped.
Students who are insured through their college or university would be covered under the health care overhaul law under a proposed regulation issued by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).
Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius outlined changes for a long-term care insurance program, included in the health care overhaul law, that has come under fire as financially unsustainable.
The White House pushed back at Republican governors who are demanding more flexibility in setting up health insurance exchanges. But GOP Gov. Gary R. Herbert of Utah, in turn, is slamming the administration for failing to respond to states' concerns over the new health care law.
Two legal experts who have opposing views on the challenges to the health care overhaul law agreed on one thing—that the U.S. Supreme Court won't throw out the entire measure.