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United States Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius.

Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius says “it’s illegal” for her to obtain insurance on the exchanges set up by the Affordable Care Act. Rep. Cory Gardner — a Colorado Republican who asked Sebelius why she isn’t in the exchange — accused her of lying. Read more»

U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, addressing reporters Thursday during a visit to Phoenix, said problems with the website for the federal health insurance exchange are to be expected given heavy traffic and are being corrected.

U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said Thursday that problems with the federal health care insurance enrollment website are understandable given the volume of visitors and are being corrected. Read more»

Since the federal health insurance exchange has launched, top federal officials have told interviewers that they do not know how many people have been able to enroll using the healthcare.gov website. Read more»

Republicans say scrutiny enhances consumer protections; Obama administration claims intimidation. Read more»

President Obama claimed that all of the currently uninsured would be able to get coverage on the exchanges “at a significantly cheaper rate than what they can get right now on the individual market” even without federal tax credits. But even Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius has said that younger Americans would likely pay more on the exchanges, while those who are older would likely pay less. Read more»

Hoping to get consumers the best prices, the Obama administration is negotiating with insurers looking to sell policies in online health insurance marketplaces this fall, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said Monday. Read more»

I've often said that the Affordable Care Act is the end of the beginning of health reform. It addresses many problems associated with health insurance, but more must be done to control costs and access real universal coverage. And flaws in the law need to be fixed. Read more» 1

Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius in 2011.

Health insurance rate increases by two insurers in Arizona have been called "unreasonable" by federal reviewers. Hikes of 17 and 18 percent were hit with the label, while other increases — of up to 44 percent — remain under scrutiny. Read more»

Medicaid as you know it in the state of Arizona is on the way out and a deeply cut version of the program could be in place within a matter of weeks.The state is negotiating with federal officials on a scaled-back program that state officials say is needed because of Arizona’s financial straits. Read more»

Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, D-Ariz., meets with a constituent at the Safeway located in Green Valley on May 22, 2010. Three months after she sustained a gunshot wound to the head, Rep. Giffords' office has called for the same brain injury treatment given to Giffords be made accessible to all Americans.

In the months since Giffords sustained a gunshot wound to the head, her path to recovery has been helped by a comprehensive brain injury treatment paid for by the government under federal worker's compensation. Such treatment may be available to Giffords, but it is out of reach for thousands of U.S. troops whose health coverage doesn't include it. Read more»

Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius unveiled regulations requiring insurers to spend 80 to 85 percent of premiums collected on medical care Read more»

Republicans aren't softening their tough criticism of the health law even as they seek Democratic allies to join them in their bid to repeal the overhaul. Read more»

GOP lawmakers are considering using their new posts in powerful House committees to "go after President Obama's health care overhaul, and they're focusing on questions uppermost in the minds of consumers: What's it going to cost? Can I keep the coverage I have if I like it?" Read more»

A GOP takeover of the House would give Republicans the ability to attack the new law in new ways. Read more»

Workers clean the beach at Gulf Shores, Ala.

Medical researchers are this week meeting in New Orleans to discuss how the major oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico will affect human health. Read more»

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