Department of Health and Human Services
See also Secretary of Health and Human Services Tom Price.
|2017.01.25||A freeze on external communications from the EPA, Depts. of the Interior, Agriculture, and Health and Human Services, is ordered. nytimes.com (See also First 100 Days, Assaults on Facts, Department of Agriculture, Department of the Interior, Environmental Protection Agency)|
|2017.01.26||Capitol Hill Democrats calling for the White House not to gag federal employees after HHS memo on Inauguration Day instructs employees not to communicate about regulatory policy with members of Congress. washingtonpost.com (See also First 100 Days, Assaults on Facts, Censorship)|
"The HHS memo, along with others sent in recent days by other agencies, “appear to violate multiple federal laws,” including one that protects federal whistleblowers."
|2017.01.26||White House abruptly halts Obamacare ads according to sources at DHS and on Capitol Hill politico.com (See also First 100 Days, Affordable Care Act)|
|2017.01.30||Biomedical company officials say Tom Price was offered their stock at a discount, contrary to his congressional testimony. wsj.com (See also First 100 Days, Tom Price, Conflicts of Interest)|
|2017.02.01||After a task force of experts said evidence didn’t support some cancer screenings, it became the target of lawmakers, including HHS nominee Tom Price and others with health industry ties. propublica.org (See also Tom Price)|
|2017.02.01||Senate Republicans suspend rules to pass Tom Price and Steve Mnuchin through committee without Democrats present. slate.com (See also First 100 Days, Tom Price, Steven Mnuchin, Department of the Treasury)|
|2017.02.01||Senate committee approves Trump Treasury, Health nominees without Dems present after GOP changes panel's rules. twitter.com (See also First 100 Days, Department of the Treasury, Steven Mnuchin, Tom Price)|
|2017.02.10||Tom Price, who has campaigned relentlessly to repeal the Affordable Care Act, and his nomination process has also been plagued by allegations of insider trading, is confirmed as US health secretary. theguardian.com (See also First 100 Days, Affordable Care Act, Tom Price)|
|2017.03.13||Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price and White House Budget Director Mike Mulvaney react to the Congressional Budget Office's estimate on the Republican health care bill, saying the CBO "has it wrong." c-span.org (See also Affordable Care Act, Tom Price, Mick Mulvaney)|
|2017.03.25||The Department of Health and Human Services inspector general launches an investigation into the Trump administration’s decision to pull ads encouraging people to sign up for the Affordable Care Act during the enrollment period. huffingtonpost.com (See also First 100 Days)|
|2017.03.25||Trump appoints a conservative think-tank staffer who has argued that gays being allowed to marry is a threat to religious liberty and that civil rights protections should not extend to transgenders to head the Civil Rights Office at the Department of Health and Human Services. huffingtonpost.com (See also First 100 Days, LGBTQIA)|
|2017.07.20||The Trump administration has spent taxpayer money meant to encourage enrollment in the Affordable Care Act on a public relations campaign aimed at methodically strangling it. thedailybeast.com (See also Affordable Care Act, Health Care, Unprecedented Actions)|
|2017.07.25||Standing before 40,000 Boy Scouts, Trump bragged about the “record” crowd size, bashed President Barack Obama, criticized the “fake media," trashed Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign, and threatened to fire his health and human services secretary if he couldn’t persuade members of Congress to vote for the Republican health-care bill. washingtonpost.com (See also Unpresidential Behavior, Tom Price)|
|2017.08.11||The Trump administration has abruptly cut short grant programs aimed at ending teen pregnancy, as an office within the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) notified 81 institutions across the U.S. that the five-year grants they were awarded would end two years sooner than planned. thehill.com (See also Women)|
|2017.08.31||The Department of Health and Human Services announced it's slashing the advertising and promotional budget for the Affordable Care Act for next year by 90%. axios.com (See also Affordable Care Act, Health Care, Assaults on Government)|
|2017.09.18||Trump administration officials, under pressure from the White House to provide a rationale for reducing the number of refugees allowed into the United States next year, rejected a study by the Department of Health and Human Services that found that refugees brought in $63 billion more in government revenues over the past decade than they cost. nytimes.com (See also Assaults on Facts, Immigration)|
|2017.09.19||In a sharp departure from his predecessors, Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price last week took private jets on five separate flights for official business, at a cost of tens of thousands of dollars more than commercial travel. politico.com (See also Tom Price, Unprecedented Actions)|
|2017.09.28||HHS Secretary Tom Price said that he would reimburse the government for only a fraction of the costs of his flights on charter planes. washingtonpost.com (See also Tom Price, Corruption)|
An HHS official said that Price would write a check for $51,887.31, which appears to cover the cost of his seat on chartered flights but not those of his staff. The total estimated cost of these trips exceeded $400,000.
|2017.09.29||Tom Price resigned as Donald Trump's Health and Human Services Secretary, after days of public outcry over his use of private jets to conduct government business, costing taxpayers hundreds of thousands of dollars. nbcnews.com (See also Tom Price, Corruption)|
Price's 261 days in office make him the shortest-ever serving Health and Human Services Secretary.
|2017.10.06||The Trump administration issued a rule that sharply limits the Affordable Care Act’s contraception coverage mandate, a move that could mean many American women would no longer have access to birth control free of charge. washingtonpost.com (See also Women, Health Care)|
The new regulation, issued by the Health and Human Services Department, allows a much broader group of employers and insurers to exempt themselves from covering contraceptives such as birth control pills on religious or moral grounds.
|2017.12.22||Almost 9 million people signed up for ACA coverage, slightly less than last year, but it had a shorter sign-up window, and its advertising budget was slashed by the Trump administration. axios.com (See also Affordable Care Act, Health Care)|
|2018.01.17||The Trump administration is considering a set of regulations that would offer new protections to health workers who refuse to provide care to transgender patients or women seeking abortion services. splinternews.com (See also Women, LGBTQIA, Homophobia)|
|2018.01.26||Covered California, the state's ACA insurance exchange, has published the first estimates of what "Trumpcare" will cost in 2019, as premiums will increase by 16% to 30%. latimes.com (See also Affordable Care Act, Health Care)|
|2018.01.31||The director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention resigned on Wednesday, in the middle of the nation’s worst flu epidemic in nearly a decade, because of her troubling financial investments in tobacco and health care companies that posed potential conflicts of interest. nytimes.com (See also Resignations and Dismissals, Conflicts of Interest)|
|2018.02.20||A top official at the Department of Health and Human Services has been placed on administrative leave after a CNN KFile inquiry while the agency investigates social media postings in which he pushed unfounded smears on social media. cnn.com (See also Resignations and Dismissals, Belief in Conspiracy Theories, Racism)|