Two-thirds of the Americans who are underserved by the nation’s health care system are in rural America and would benefit from changes proposed in reform proposals now before Congress, Secretary Kathleen Sebelius of the Department of Health and Human Services said Tuesday.
Appearing this morning on nationally broadcast news shows, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said officials now have a supply of about 16.5 million doses of the vaccine, while conceding that's millions of doses below the amount needed.
Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius appeared on NBC’s “Today” show one day after a special presidential advisory panel presented a grim report to the Obama White House, saying among other things that a “plausible scenario” for the United States later this year is wide-scale infections, possibly 30,000 to 90,000 deaths, mostly among young children and young adults, and perhaps as many as 300,000 sick enough to require intensive care unit treatment at hospitals.
Legislation to overhaul the nation’s health systems is unlikely to make it through the House and Senate before the August target set by President Barack Obama and other Democratic leaders, lawmakers said Sunday.
One day after hosting a summit on the 2009 novel H1N1 flu with representatives from state, tribal, territorial and local governments from across the country, HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius today announced the availability of $350 million in grants to help states and territories prepare for the 2009 novel H1N1 flu virus and the fall flu season.
The insurance lobby won’t be able to block a public health plan because most Americans realize they would be better off if the industry had competition, HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said today as congressional committees worked to shape legislation.
Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar and Eric Werner
, June 16, 2009
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