Maryland’s health department will no longer release details on individual cases of people being monitored for potentially having the Ebola virus unless a patient tests positive.
The likelihood of a significant outbreak of Ebola in the U.S. is remote, in the view of a top Health and Human Services official who is assuring lawmakers that government agencies are preparing for any contingency.
Ending insurance discrimination against the sick was a central goal of the nation’s health care overhaul, but leading patient groups say that promise is being undermined by new barriers from insurers.
Departing U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius is not considering running for the U.S. Senate, a spokeswoman said Friday.
President Barack Obama announced the resignation of Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius Friday and nominated his budget director, Sylvia Mathews Burwell, as her replacement.
A conservative advocacy group is trying to find out whether health officials met what it says is a legal obligation to inform police about abortions on two 14-year-old girls.
Maryland’s health department has confirmed three cases of West Nile virus in the Baltimore area.
Fatal overdoses from drugs and alcohol rose 15 percent in Maryland from 2011 to 2012, driven by a 54 percent increase in heroin-related deaths.