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The United States Department of Health & Human Services (HHS), also known as the Health Department, is a cabinet-level department of the U.S. federal government with the goal of protecting the health of all Americans and providing essential human services. Its motto is "Improving the health, safety, and well-being of America". Before the separate federal Department of Education was created in 1979, it was called the Department of Health, Education, and Welfare (HEW).

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Exclusive: White House ordered classified coronavirus meetings [Video]

Exclusive: White House ordered classified coronavirus meetings

The White House has ordered federal health officials to treat top-level coronavirus meetings as classified, an unusual step that has restricted information and hampered the U.S. government’s response..

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 02:47Published
Whistleblower Claims American Workers Received Coronavirus Evacuees Without Protective Gear [Video]

Whistleblower Claims American Workers Received Coronavirus Evacuees Without Protective Gear

CNN reports a whistleblower at the Department of Health and Human Services is seeking federal protection. He or she complained about the treatment of more than a dozen workers who received the first..

Credit: Wochit News     Duration: 00:34Published
Sen. Kennedy blasts acting DHS chief on coronavirus preparedness [Video]

Sen. Kennedy blasts acting DHS chief on coronavirus preparedness

"You're the secretary of Homeland Security and you can't tell me if we have enough respirators," Senator Kennedy slams acting DHS Secretary Chad Wolf during a Senate subcommittee hearing on the..

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 01:42Published

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U.S. agency investigating production of faulty coronavirus test kits

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U.S. aims to expand number of diagnostic kits for coronavirus; expand surveillance testing

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U.S. to invoke special powers to boost production of protective gear for coronavirus

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U.S. confirms plans to use law to boost production of coronavirus protective gear: Azar

The United States plans to invoke a law to boost production of key items like masks, gloves and gowns to combat the coronavirus, Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar said on Friday, as..
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US workers didn't have proper gear to work with coronavirus evacuees, HHS whistleblower claims

A whistleblower alleges Health and Human Services employees didn't have proper protection when working with coronavirus evacuees in California.
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Coronavirus risk to Americans low, but that can change: U.S. health secretary

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U.S. health secretary says at least 40 labs can currently test for coronavirus

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Pentagon to provide housing support for 1,000 people who may need to be quarantined

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Migrant facilities struggle to address mental health needs of kids

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