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The Purple Bough: A Bisexual's View of an Interfaith Conference

Kevin Hogan | Posted 10.08.2015 | Gay Voices
Kevin Hogan

I listened to one after another speak sincerely about helping those most vulnerable. And instead of feeling more out of place, I came to understand why Kimberly had invited exactly this mix of people to this discussion.

Post-Ebola America: How We're Still Responding To The Outbreak, One Year Later

The Huffington Post | Anna Almendrala | Posted 09.09.2015 | Healthy Living

If Ebola Hits Again, This State Is Doing Everything Right Read story >> ...

Alexander Howard

Meet The Woman In Charge Of Making The U.S. Health Department Smarter | Alexander Howard | Posted 06.01.2015 | Technology

She's the first woman to hold this job.

Keeping Watch Over Health and Human Services

Tom Fox | Posted 05.06.2015 | Politics
Tom Fox

Daniel R. Levinson has headed the Office of Inspector General for the Department of Health and Human Services for more than a decade. In an interview, he explained how he tries to set the direction for his workforce without micromanaging and talks about the importance of giving his employees the resources to do their jobs.

Building a Shared Vision: The Next Step in American Progress

Irv Katz | Posted 03.18.2015 | Impact
Irv Katz

The nonprofit sector has become an indispensable part of the American economy and society. While there have been cuts in government investments, if the past hundred-plus years (as well as the interest and vigor of the millennials) are any indication, the sector will continue to grow.

On the 50th Birthday of Medicare and Medicaid, We're Stronger Thanks to the Affordable Care Act

Sylvia Mathews Burwell | Posted 03.09.2015 | Politics
Sylvia Mathews Burwell

The Affordable Care Act is the biggest coverage expansion in 50 years and is contributing to bringing health cost growth under control.

Autism Without Fear: We Raise Money for Autism Research... But Not for Our Kids' Schools and Service Agencies?

Michael John Carley | Posted 02.18.2015 | Healthy Living
Michael John Carley

Many of us, as parents of spectrum kids, participate in "autism walks" or other events to raise money for autism research. But we don't volunteer anywhere near the same capacity for entities that directly impact our children -- our kids' schools or service agencies. Why?

Elise Foley

House Democrats: LGBT Immigrant Minors Need Better Protections | Elise Foley | Posted 12.16.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Nearly 60 House members demanded in a letter sent Monday to the Obama administration that it provide more information on when it will im...

HHS Secretary: The Affordable Care Act Helps Women Detect Breast Cancer Early, Pay for Treatment

Sylvia Mathews Burwell | Posted 12.28.2014 | Women
Sylvia Mathews Burwell

With awareness, more affordable screenings, better quality of care, and new research and development, we can save millions of women's lives. Relaunches With 1 Embarrassing Error

AP | By RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR | Posted 12.09.2014 | Business

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration unveiled a new version of on Wednesday, with some improvements as well as at least one ear...

Building an emergency health response

Tom Fox | Posted 11.21.2014 | Politics
Tom Fox

Dr. Nicole Lurie is the assistant secretary for preparedness and response at the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), where she leads federa...

David McCabe

Key Sexual Abuse Protections For Child Migrants Await White House Approval, Frustrating Advocates | David McCabe | Posted 08.19.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Proposed regulations that could better protect unaccompanied child migrants in government facilities from sexual assault remain bogged d...

Family Engagement: The Top of Everyone's Back-to-School Checklist

Carla Thompson | Posted 10.12.2014 | Education
Carla Thompson

With the start of the school year just around the corner, now is an excellent time for all of us to renew our commitment to ensuring all children succeed. So what should be at the top of to-do lists as children head back to school?

Investigation Exposes Flaws Behind Obamacare Rollout

AP | RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR | Posted 07.30.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — Officials tell The Associated Press that a nonpartisan investigative report concludes that management failures by the Obama admini...

Dear President Obama: Secure The Border Now Or Risk Civil War

James Marshall Crotty | Posted 09.09.2014 | Politics
James Marshall Crotty

As any grade-schooler, let alone a graduate of Harvard Law School, knows, the first job of a US President is to protect the homeland. Nothing comes ...

Where Are the Bridges to Opportunity?

Irv Katz | Posted 09.07.2014 | Impact
Irv Katz

All kids come into the world with pretty much the same raw material. Each has a body, a brain, and is hard-wired to learn and develop. And let's not exclude kids with disabilities -- they have these assets as well. So on what dimension do kids differ?

A Decision Upholding American Ideals of Freedom

Sister Mary Ann Walsh | Posted 08.31.2014 | Religion
Sister Mary Ann Walsh

The Supreme Court decision on the Hobby Lobby case rests on an important part of the American experience: the defense of religious freedom. People can and do exercise religious freedom in their everyday and business lives.

A Dangerous Summer for Central American Kids

Mark Hetfield | Posted 08.27.2014 | Impact
Mark Hetfield

This month, as kids across the United States wrapped up the school year and started their summer breaks, thousands of children from Central America were embarking on a different kind of transition.

Sylvia Mathews Burwell Confirmed As HHS Secretary By Senate

AP/The Huffington Post | Posted 06.05.2014 | Politics

The Senate confirmed Sylvia Mathews Burwell as Secretary of Health and Human Services on Thursday. Burwell was confirmed by a vote of 78-17. Mor...

Burwell Clears Hurdle On Way To Health Secretary Confirmation

Reuters | Posted 07.21.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON, May 21 (Reuters) - The U.S. Senate Finance Committee voted overwhelmingly on Wednesday to approve the nomination of Sylvia Mathews Burwe...

Sam Stein

Obama Administration Health Agencies Accused Of Intimidating Their Watchdog | Sam Stein | Posted 05.20.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- High-level government officials at the top federal health agencies placed inappropriate pressure on their own watchdog agency, a new rep...

Burwell Takes Obamacare Hot Seat Before Senate Finance Panel

Reuters | Posted 07.14.2014 | Politics

By David Morgan and Julia Edwards WASHINGTON, May 14 (Reuters) - Senate Republicans get their last chance to grill President Barack Ob...

More Sleep, Less Chocolate: Thoughts From My Well-Woman Visit

Nancy C. Lee | Posted 07.12.2014 | Healthy Living
Nancy C. Lee

While it's reassuring to know that I'm in good health, the exam wasn't the most important part of the visit. The talking was.

Health Secretary Nominee To Face Second Senate Hearing

Reuters | Posted 11.12.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON, May 12 (Reuters) - Sylvia Mathews Burwell, President Barack Obama's nominee for U.S. health secretary, will face a second confirmation h...

Sylvia Mathews Burwell Wins Republicans' Praise

AP/The Huffington Post | Posted 05.08.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama's nominee for health secretary is winning GOP praise as she makes her first appearance before a Senate comm...