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Politics Sep 16HHS official takes leave of absence after accusation of virus response meddling
He apologized on Wednesday to his staff for a Facebook video in which he reportedly said scientists battling the coronavirus are conspiring against President Donald Trump and warned of shooting in America if Trump were to lose the November election.
Politics Sep 16WATCH: Any coronavirus vaccine this year likely in ‘very limited supply,’ CDC director says
The shot wouldn’t be broadly available until the spring or summer of 2021, he estimated.
Nation Aug 28Health agencies’ credibility at risk after week of blunders
First, the head of the Food and Drug Administration had to walk back exaggerated statements about the benefits of a new plasma therapy for coronavirus. Then the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention triggered a backlash from the medical community…
Health Aug 25New COVID-19 mandates on health care facilities get pushback
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services announced it will require facilities to test staff regularly or face fines. It included a thinly veiled threat to cut off Medicare and Medicaid funds to facilities that fail to send in certain…
Nation Aug 201 in 5 nursing homes short on PPE and staff in virus rebound
One in five U.S. nursing homes faced severe shortages of protective gear like N95 masks this summer even as the Trump administration pledged to help, according to a study released Thursday that finds facilities in areas hard-hit by COVID-19 also…
Health Aug 17Trump rule on transgender health blocked a day before it would take effect
A federal judge has blocked the Trump administration from enforcing a new regulation that would roll back health care protections for transgender people. It would have taken effect Tuesday.
Politics Aug 10Democrats say Trump’s payroll tax break weakens Social Security
Democrats say it's a signal that Trump would cut the social safety net, breaking a promise he made as a candidate in 2016 not to touch Social Security and Medicare.
Health Aug 03WATCH: Trump wants broader role for telehealth services in Medicare
The Trump administration is taking steps to give telehealth a broader role under Medicare, with an executive order that serves as a call for Congress to make doctor visits via personal technology a permanent fixture of the program.
Politics Jul 24WATCH: Trump signs executive order on prescription drug prices
President Donald Trump has been unable to land the big deal with Congress to curb drug costs. But now he's moving on his own to allow imports of cheaper prescription medicines, along with other limited steps that could still have…
Health Jul 01WATCH: White House holds news briefing amid a surge in U.S. virus cases
The Trump administration was slow to comprehend the scale of COVID-19's impact on nursing homes and a disjointed federal response has only compounded the devastating toll, according to a report from Senate Democrats.