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Could Trump's executive order on union time prompt VA providers to leave? This group think so.

June 5, 2018

The American Federation of Government Employees in a new lawsuit argues that an executive order President Trump issued last month that aims to reduce the amount of "official time" federal workers spend performing union duties could drive health care workers to leave Veterans Affairs.

Are big clinical trials an 'endangered species?' Some researchers say yes—and that it's a good thing.

June 4, 2018

In the age of personalized medicine, some researchers are favoring smaller, faster clinical trials over the more traditional, large clinical trials that can take years to complete—but others say larger trials provide insights smaller ones cannot.

Judges rule HHS must continue funding teen pregnancy prevention grants

May 31, 2018

The Trump administration has sought to end certain teen pregnancy prevention grants two years early, but judges in four separate cases say HHS must continue funding the grants.

Congress sends bill to reform private VA care to Trump

May 24, 2018

The bill, called the "VA MISSION Act of 2018," would allocate $5.2 billion to fund the existing Veterans Choice Program until it can be replaced with a revamped program, called the Veterans Community Care Program.

Congress passes comprehensive legislation to address pediatric cancer

May 24, 2018

The bill—known as the Childhood Cancer Survivorship, Treatment, Access, and Research (STAR) Act—aims to bolster pediatric cancer research, surveillance, and care.

Trump donates first-quarter salary to VA

May 23, 2018

Acting Veterans Affairs (VA) Secretary Robert Wilkie—who President Trump intends to nominate as the department's permanent secretary—says VA will use Trump's donation, which equals $100,000, toward caregiver support programs, including mental health and peer support services, as well as education, financial aid, research, and training.

House panel advances bill to reform Veterans Choice Program

May 10, 2018

A White House aide says the Trump administration wants the House to vote on the bill to reform the Veterans Choice Program next week, as acting Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert Wilkie has warned that the program likely will run out of funding in the beginning of June.

Trump wants to take back $15.4B in unused federal funds, including $7B from CHIP

May 9, 2018

President Trump's rescission proposal would not affect program's current federal funding, but would eliminate funds that were allocated in previous fiscal years and were not used, including $2 billion from a contingency fund that states can use if they enroll more CHIP beneficiaries than they had expected.

CDC Director Robert Redfield had a $375K annual salary—but he's asked for a pay cut

May 1, 2018

An HHS spokesperson says CDC Director Robert Redfield's annual salary will be reduced from the $375,000 he was receiving—at Redfield's request—after Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.) and others raised concerns about Redfield's comparatively high pay.

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