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Updated at 7:29 p.m. ET

The Trump administration on Friday finalized a rule that would remove nondiscrimination protections for LGBTQ people when it comes to health care and health insurance.

The Trump administration's testing czar announced Monday that he will be leaving that position in mid-June.

Adm. Brett Giroir told a meeting of the Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS that he will be "demobilized" from his role overseeing coronavirus testing at FEMA in a few weeks and going back to his regular post at the Department of Health and Human Services.

An HHS spokesperson confirmed the plan for Giroir to stand down from his role and indicated that there are no plans to appoint a new "head of efforts" for coronavirus testing.

Updated at 6:59 p.m. ET Sunday

President Trump is moving to replace the Department of Health and Human Services watchdog whose office found severe shortages of medical supplies in hospitals as COVID-19 cases surged.

Federal health officials estimated in early April that more than 300,000 Americans could die from COVID-19 if all social distancing measures are abandoned, and later estimates pushed the possible death toll even higher, according to documents obtained by the Center for Public Integrity. Some outside experts say even that grim outlook may be too optimistic.

The documents, created by the Department of Health and Human Services, spell out the data and analysis the agency is sharing with other federal agencies to help shape their responses to the coronavirus.

Updated at 1:15 a.m. ET Monday

Health officials confirmed two new cases of the coronavirus in the U.S. Sunday evening in San Benito County, Calif., south of San Jose. The two are husband and wife, both 57.

Updated 7:55 p.m. ET

The Trump administration declared a public health emergency in the U.S. Friday in response to the global coronavirus outbreak.

"Today President Trump took decisive action to minimize the risk of novel coronavirus in the United States," said U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar at a White House press conference.

The risk of contracting the coronavirus is the U.S. is low — something that federal health administration officials emphasized repeatedly. "We are working to keep the risk low," Azar said.

There's no doubt that opioids have been massively overprescribed in U.S. In the haste to address the epidemic, there's been pressure on doctors to reduce prescriptions of these drugs — and in fact prescriptions are declining. But along the way, some chronic pain patients have been forced to rapidly taper or discontinue the drugs altogether.

Now, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has a new message for doctors: Abrupt changes to a patient's opioid prescription could harm them.

Updated at 6:01 p.m. ET

The federal Department of Health and Human Services is proposing to roll back an Obama-era policy intended to protect transgender people from discrimination in health care.

The Trump administration has issued its final draft of a rule that makes sweeping changes to Title X, the federal program that provides birth control and other reproductive health services to millions of low-income Americans.

Trump administration health officials are spelling out their ambitious plan to stop the spread of HIV in the U.S. within the next 10 years.

The plan would target 48 counties where the rate of HIV spread is the highest, along with Washington, D.C., and San Juan, Puerto Rico. Seven states with high rates of HIV in rural areas would also be targeted, including Oklahoma, Missouri, Kentucky, Arkansas, Alabama, South Carolina and Mississippi.

Updated at 4:37 p.m. ET

The American opioid crisis is far from over, but early data indicate the number of deaths are beginning to level off, according to Alex Azar, secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, citing "encouraging" results in overdose trends.

In a speech on Tuesday at a Milken Institute health summit, Azar walked through statistics suggesting deaths were plateauing and he highlighted efforts he says may be turning the tide in the drug epidemic.

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The federal government has rejected Ohio’s attempt to end the individual mandate for health care. The mandate is a staple of the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare. 

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The Justice Department says a Dublin-based corporation has paid a record 75 million dollars to settle lawsuits stemming from alleged false claims about hospice patients.

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The Obama administration has proposed barring states and other recipients of federal family planning grants from placing their own eligibility restrictions on where the money can go.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is awarding nearly 2 million dollars to organizations that will help enroll Ohioans in health insurance coverage through the federal marketplace.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services says 95 thousand Ohioans are among the new enrolees in the federal marketplace created by the Affordable Care Act.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services says nearly 244 thousand Ohioans signed up for private insurance or renewed coverage through the federal marketplace created under the Affordable Care Act.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services says roughly 43 thousand Ohioans have signed up for health coverage through the federal marketplace so far this registration period.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services says Ohioans seeking health insurance coverage for next year will see a slight drop in the cost of a benchmark plan on HealthCare.gov.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Serices says more than 234 thousand Ohioans signed up for health coverage or renewed health plans in the federally run insurance marketplace during the open enrollment period that ended last month.

A new federal report shows that nearly 197,000 Ohioans could lose about $576 million in health insurance subsidies this year in a case before the U.S. Supreme Court. 

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services says more than 234 thousand Ohioans picked or renewed health plans during the latest enrollment period under the Affordable Care Act.

The Ohio Turnpike Commission has joined a lawsuit against the federal government over what Republican state Attorney General Mike DeWine calls an unconstitutional health care tax.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services says more than 200 thousand Ohioans have signed up for coverage during the current enrollment period under the Affordable Care Act as of last Friday.  Spokesperson Kathleen Falk:

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services says as of last week, more than 186 thousand Ohioans have signed up for health coverage through the insurance marketplace created by the Affordable Care Act.

HHS Secretary In Columbus To Push ACA Enrollment

Nov 14, 2014
Ohio Public Radio

Open enrollment in the Affordable Care Act begins tomorrow, and U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell was in Columbus yesterday to tout the program.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services says 6 thousand Ohioans who signed up for coverage under the federal health care law risk losing their taxpayer-subsidized insurance unless they act soon to resolve questions about their citizenship or immigration status.

Immigrant Central American Children Won't Be Sheltered In Dayton

Aug 8, 2014
City of Dayton

Democratic Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley says there are no plans by the federal government to send any of the Central American children flooding across the U.S. boarder to her city for shelter.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has awarded eight facilities in Ohio  a total of $2 million to support or expand mental health services for thousands of residents. 

Ohioans Getting Refunds Under ACA Provision

Jul 25, 2014

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services estimates 35 thousand Ohioans will get more than 1.2 million dollars in refunds from insurance companies because of a provision in the Affordable Care Act.

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