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House votes to eliminate $7B in unspent CHIP funds

June 11, 2018

The bill—which would eliminate nearly $15 billion in unused federal funding, including $7 billion in unused CHIP funds—now heads to the Senate, where it is unclear if it has enough support to pass.

'If you can't beat 'em, join 'em?' Why hospitals and FQHCs, once rivals, are now working together

June 11, 2018

Federally qualified health centers and hospitals are competing for the same patients—and some see it as an opportunity for collaboration.

Trump signs bill to replace VA Choice Program, but funding remains an open question

June 7, 2018

The VA MISSION Act of 2018 allocates $5.2 billion to fund the Veterans Choice Program until it can be replaced with a new program, called the Veterans Community Care Program (VCCP), but the law does not include funding for VCCP.

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.

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