U.S. Department of Health and Human Services News

U.S. Wants Supreme Court to Take up Hobby Lobby Case

The federal government has asked the U.S. Supreme Court to decide whether Oklahoma City-based Hobby Lobby and a Christian bookstore chain have to provide a wide range of birth control options for workers as part of the federal health care …

Idaho State University To Pay $400K For Medical Records Breach

Idaho State University is paying a $400,000 to the federal government to settle allegations it improperly exposed confidential medical records. In August 2011, ISU told the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services of a breach of its unsecured electronic …

States Given Another Month to Meet Health Exchange Deadline

The Obama administration on Thursday gave states an extra month to say whether they plan to operate their own health insurance exchanges, after governors asked for more time in light of the Nov. 6 election, which ensured the survival of …

Idaho Among 9 States Cited For Big Insurance Hikes

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has listed Idaho among nine states where insurance companies are seeking increases in premiums deemed excessive under new federal guidelines. HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius singled out those states last week after the …

Idaho Likely To Spurn Federal Cash For Exchange

With the 2012 session half over, opposition from the Legislature’s conservatives has all but ended Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter’s plan for using a $20.3 million federal grant for a state-run insurance exchange required by Congress’ health care overhaul. Discussions between …

Health Insurers in Arizona Face Federal Scrutiny

Health insurance companies in Arizona are facing scrutiny from Washington as federal authorities have taken over reviews of rate increases of 10 percent or more from the state. The Arizona Republic reported that federal regulators have called one company’s most …