Healthcare News June 6, 2013

  • Judge intervenes in transplant case

    Congressional Republicans have been pressing Sebelius to intervene in Sarah Murnaghan’s case since last week.

  • IRS officials suspended for taking gifts

    Both of the staffers have worked to implement the healthcare law, according to congressional sources.

  • OVERNIGHT HEALTH: ObamaCare officials placed on leave

    Two IRS officials working on the implementation of President Obama’s healthcare law have been placed on administrative leave after accepting free food and gifts, sources said Wednesday.

    Republicans had already zeroed in on the Internal Revenue Service’s role in the healthcare law during the uproar over the agency’s scrutiny of conservative nonprofits, and Wednesday’s news promised to heighten the calls for aggressive oversight of the tax agency’s healthcare office.

    One of the officials placed on leave, Fred Schindler, is a top aide to Sarah Hall Ingram — who leads the IRS’s healthcare office and presided over the office that handles tax exemptions for at least part of the time the conservative groups were being targeted. The other has been identified by congressional sources as Donald Toda.

    The two were accused of accepting more than $1,000 in food and gifts during a 2010 conference.

    The Hill has full coverage.

    White House briefs Dems: House Democrats met Wednesday with Tara McGuinness, the White House’s communications adviser for healthcare, to discuss enrollment in the law’s insurance exchanges. A House Democratic leadership aide said the caucus and McGuinness focused on effectively implementing the healthcare law and working together to ensure that people enroll in its new coverage options. 

  • Interior issues new healthy food standards for national parks

    Organic watercress and black bean sliders will soon sit beside hot dogs, ice cream and other less healthy fare at concession stands in national parks around the country, under a new set of standards unveiled Wednesday.

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