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Sebelius tapped as health secretary (CNN Money)
A U.S. official says President Barack Obama will nominate the Kansas Governor to head Department of Health and Human Services.

Kansas Governor Accepts Offer as Health Secretary (New York Times)
President Obama on Saturday tapped Kathleen Sebelius, a red state ally, to help him push through his plan to remake the nation?s health care system.

Obama taps Kansas governor for health secretary (AFP via Yahoo! News)
US President Barack Obama tapped Kansas Governor Kathleen Sebelius to be his health secretary to carry out his ambitious healthcare reform program, the White House said.

Obama Picks Kansas Governor Sebelius as Health Secretary (Washington Post)
Kansas Gov. Kathleen Sebelius yesterday accepted President Obama's request to become his secretary of health and human services, stepping into a central role in the new administration's ambitious effort to overhaul the nation's health-care system.

Health warning over water coolers (BBC News)
A consumer watchdog warns dirty water coolers may be putting people's health at risk.

Sebelius Brings Bipartisan Background to U.S. Health Post (Bloomberg via Yahoo! News)
March 1 (Bloomberg) -- President Barack Obama named Kansas Governor Kathleen Sebelius to help steer his $634 billion plan to provide every American with affordable medical coverage as head of the U.S. Health and Human Services Department,

Kansas Governor Accepts Offer as Health Secretary (New York Times)
President Obama tapped Kathleen Sebelius, a Democratic governor from a red state, to help him push through his plan to remake the nation?s health care system.

Uncertainty over new health safety net for jobless (AP via Yahoo! News)
The Obama administration rushed to include a health care safety net for laid-off workers in the recently signed stimulus bill, but has not told employers exactly how to make it work.

Obama taps Kansas governor for health secretary (AFP via Yahoo! News)
US President Barack Obama has tapped Kansas Governor Kathleen Sebelius to be his health secretary to carry out his ambitious healthcare reform program, the White House said.

Obama picks Kansas governor for health post (AFP via Yahoo! News)
US President Barack Obama has picked Kansas Governor Kathleen Sebelius to be his health secretary to carry out his ambitious healthcare reform program, the White House said.

Obama open to health-reform board (Politico via Yahoo! News)
Peter Orszag, director of the White House Office of Management and Budget, said Sunday that President Obama would consider the idea of a health-care board or commission that would de-politicize the process by taking some power from Congress.

Big job awaits Kan. Gov. Sebelius as health chief (AP via Yahoo! News)
As President Barack Obama's health secretary, Kathleen Sebelius immediately will face a host of difficult policy issues that touch the lives of every family.

Health Care Safety Net in Doubt? (Fox News)
'Confusion' in stimulus bill may leave unemployed Americans waiting months for affordable health insurance • Iraq Withdrawal Plan Takes Shape • Obama's Budget Faces High Hurdles • Sebelius Tapped for Health Post | 1ST 100 DAYS

Kansas governor accepts offer as health secretary (International Herald Tribune)
President Barack Obama tapped Kathleen Sebelius, a Democratic governor from a Republican state, to help him push through his plan to remake the nation's health care system.

Health Insurers, Poised for Round 2 (New York Times)
As the conversation intensifies about health care reform, no one knows what role the insurance industry will play in a revamped system.

Confusion a part of health care plan in stimulus (AP via Yahoo! News)
The Obama administration rushed to include a health care safety net for laid-off workers in the recently signed stimulus bill, but has not told employers exactly how to make it work.

Problems face Sebelius if she is next health chief (AP via Yahoo! News)
A health care system overhaul, weak finances in Medicare, lapses in food safety. Those challenges and more await Kathleen Sebelius as President Barack Obama's health secretary.

Health Care Costs To Top $8,000 Per Person (CBS News)
A new government report says health care costs will top $8,000 per person this year, at the same time the government's already-large share of the nation's health care bill keeps growing.

For Obama pick, 2nd chance for progress on health (International Herald Tribune)
Governor Kathleen Sebelius's efforts to forge bipartisan consensus on health care have rarely succeeded in Kansas.

For Obama Pick, 2nd Chance for Progress on Health (New York Times)
Gov. Kathleen Sebelius?s efforts to forge bipartisan consensus on health care have rarely succeeded in Kansas.

Obama?s Health Plan, Ambitious in Any Economy, Is Tougher in This One (New York Times)
President Obama hopes to turn the economic crisis to his advantage by citing the burden of health costs and the growing ranks of the uninsured.

CHS Launches Wireless, Paperless Solution For Onsite Health Centers (TestandMeasurement.com)
Comprehensive Health Services, Inc. (CHS), a leading national workforce health management company specializing in onsite health care solutions, announced recently the successful deployment of Healix, a multi-functional technology solution that offers highly integrated electronic medical record (EMR) and enterprise practice management (EPM) functionality; EMR/EPM integration with the customer's ...

Obama to announce Sebelius as health secretary (AFP via Yahoo! News)
US President Barack Obama was expected to formally announce Monday the selection of Kansas Governor Kathleen Sebelius as his health and human services secretary to carry out his ambitious healthcare reform program.

Obama to tap Kan. Gov. Sebelius as health chief (AP via Yahoo! News)
Kansas Gov. Kathleen Sebelius, the president's choice for health and human services secretary, will face a host of challenges in her new job, including a health system in disarray and a nation's food supply at risk.

Uncertainty over new health safety net for jobless (AP via Yahoo! News)
Cassandra J. Kelsey has tried to cut back on all her expenses since losing her job in January. But suffering from degenerative arthritis, she can't do without health care.

Obama Pick Gets a 2nd Chance on Health Care (New York Times)
Gov. Kathleen Sebelius?s efforts to forge bipartisan consensus on health care have rarely succeeded in Kansas.

49% Say Obama Should Delay Health Care Reform Until Economy Is Better (Rasmussen Reports via Yahoo! News)
President Obama told the nation last week that health care reform is one of the top three priorities of his administration, but 49% of U.S. voters say the president should wait until the economy improves before moving forward on the health care front.

Health Highlights: March 2, 2009 (HealthDay via Yahoo! News)
Here are some of the latest health and medical news developments, compiled by editors of HealthDay:

Former Clinton official to head WH health efforts (AP via Yahoo! News)
A former Clinton administration official is being tapped to head the White House's office of health reform.

DeParle to lead new health reform office: White House (Reuters via Yahoo! News)
President Barack Obama will name former Clinton administration health official Nancy-Ann DeParle on Monday to lead the newly created White House Office on Health Reform, a U.S. official said.

Obama names Sebelius to lead health reform agenda (Reuters via Yahoo! News)
President Barack Obama on Monday formally nominated Kansas Governor Kathleen Sebelius to lead his ambitious health reform effort, kicking off a week focused on revamping an inefficient healthcare system whose cost he fears is undermining the U.S. economy.

Sebelius Brings Bipartisan Background to U.S. Health Post (Bloomberg)
March 1 (Bloomberg) -- President Barack Obama will name Kansas Governor Kathleen Sebelius to help steer his $634 billion plan to provide every American with affordable medical coverage as head of the U.S. Health and Human Services Department.

Obama Pick Gets a 2nd Chance on Health Care (New York Times)
Gov. Kathleen Sebelius?s efforts to forge bipartisan consensus on health care have rarely succeeded in Kansas.

Obama taps Sebelius, DeParle for health posts (CNN)
President Obama announced his choices for two key health care positions on Monday, tapping Kansas Gov. Kathleen Sebelius for health and human services secretary and former Clinton administration official Nancy-Ann DeParle as White House health care czar.

Obama taps Kan. Gov. Sebelius as health chief (AP via Yahoo! News)
President Barack Obama turned to Kansas Gov. Kathleen Sebelius Monday to help him overhaul a health care system whose cost has risen four times as fast as people's wages in recent years. Obama introduced Sebelius as his choice to be secretary of health and human services and Nancy-Ann DeParle, a health policy figure during the Clinton administration, to head the White House Office for Health ...

Obama?s Health Plan, Ambitious in Any Economy, Is Tougher in This One (New York Times)
President Obama hopes to turn the economic crisis to his advantage by citing the burden of health costs and the growing ranks of the uninsured.

Obama names Sebelius to lead health reform push (Reuters via Yahoo! News)
President Barack Obama named Kansas Governor Kathleen Sebelius on Monday to lead his ambitious health reform effort, kicking off a week focused on revamping an inefficient healthcare system whose cost he fears is hurting the U.S. economy.

In Fleeting Health, Moments to Savor (New York Times)
It was 13 months before I heard those three beautiful words ?You?re in remission," but I have to embrace my restored health while accepting that it may not last.

Smart Health Care's Privacy Pitfalls (Forbes)
The stimulus bill's strengthened data privacy laws are raising hackles in health care.

Obama names Kansas gov as health secretary choice (AP via Yahoo! News)
President Barack Obama's choice to lead the Health and Human Services Department has a history of bucking the insurance industry, which faces the biggest hit under Obama's initial health care reform plan.

Obama Taps Health Aide With Links to Industry (New York Times)
Nancy-Ann DeParle was chosen to push an overhaul of the nation?s health system. During the Clinton administration, she ran the agency that oversaw Medicare and Medicaid.

Sebelius, DeParle Named to Health-Care Posts (Washington Post)
President Obama yesterday named Nancy-Ann DeParle as director of the White House Office of Health Reform, rounding out the leadership of the team that will direct his administration's efforts to revamp the nation's ailing health-care system.

Hearing to focus on troops' mental health (AP via Yahoo! News)
A House subcommittee on Tuesday will take a look at military programs targeting mental health.

Health Care Reforms Needed (Forbes)
Several things must change if Obama's health care overhaul is to succeed.

Health Care Reforms Needed (Forbes)
Several things must change if Obama's health care overhaul is going to succeed.

White House takes a team approach on health policy (International Herald Tribune)
In naming a new team to run health policy for his administration, President Barack Obama has recruited a formidable array of talent, but he has not clarified the lines of authority.

Baucus Wants Health Overhaul on Senate Floor by Summer (CQPolitics.com via Yahoo! News)
One of the Senate's lead brokers of a health care overhaul Tuesday announced an ambitious goal to have a bill on the floor by June or July, even as he acknowledged the complexity of the legislative task before him.

US health system is plagued by high cost and waste: experts (AFP via Yahoo! News)
The United States has one of the world's most advanced but also most complicated health care systems, plagued by widespread waste and costs that have escalated as the US population ages, experts say.

Obama's Health Czar (Time Magazine)
Nancy-Ann DeParle has spent most of her health-care career out of the public eye, which is perfect for her new job in the Obama White House

Senator aims for quick action on health reform (AP via Yahoo! News)
A key Senate committee chairman said Tuesday he wants a comprehensive health care reform bill on the Senate floor by early summer.

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