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  • November 20 Deadline Passes: When Will HHS Release Provider Conscience Regs?

    November 24, 2008 – RH Reality Check

    Were you holding your breath until November 20, too? Well, the big day came and went – and no word from the Department of Health and Human Service on their new, expanded ‘provider conscience’ regulations. Advocates widely speculated that the new rule – which has been denounced by women’s health groups.

  • Bolten’s Memo on Midnight Regs? Ignore it.

    October 27, 2008 – The Pump Handle

    Richard Revesz, Dean of NYU’s School of Law, and Michael Livermore, Director of the Institute for Policy Integrity sent a letter to OMB Director Jim Nussle in early September, expressing concern that OMB was not asserting “appropriate controls over the regulatory process,” and giving three examples of proposed rules that appeared to violate the Bolten memo. One of the three mentioned is the infamous rule proposed by the Department of Labor on occupational health risk assessment.

  • Bush Administration: We Can So Promulgate New HHS Regulations!

    October 23, 2008 – RH Reality Check

    10.23.08 : Coverage of IPIs response from OIRA on Bush Administration’s midnight regulations.

    “There are many reasons to oppose the new Health and Human Services regulations that would expand provider conscience protections. The new regulations would enable providers not only to refuse to supply but refuse to refer patients for procedures or services the providers opposed, including contraception, abortion, and sexual health care services.”

  • Huge Economic and Health Costs of New HHS Regulation Dismissed

    October 13, 2008 – RH Reality Check

    Pro-choice organizations and women’s groups have rightly been vocal about a recent proposal by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to expand protections for medical professionals who refuse to provide health care services that they object to on moral grounds.

  • Comments Galore on DOL’s Risk Rule

    October 10, 2008 – The Pump Handle

    Despite a short 30-day comment period, dozens of interested individuals and organizations provided comments to Asst. Secretary Leon Sequeira about his proposed so-called risk assessment policy. I’ve pulled some of my favorite excerpts for your consideration: