News

Senate confirms Burwell as next health secretary

Senate confirms Burwell as next health secretary

HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES:Sylvia Mathews Burwell, seen here with President Barack Obama. Photo: Reuters

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Senate on Thursday confirmed Sylvia Mathews Burwell as President Barack Obama’s new health secretary, a post that makes her chiefly responsible for implementing the controversial healthcare law known as Obamacare.

Lawmakers approved Burwell as the replacement for U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, who spearheaded implementation through five stormy years that included last year’s botched rollout of the federal website, HealthCare.gov.

(Reporting by Emily Stephenson; Editing by Bill Trott)

Recent Headlines

4 hours ago in Local

SD Making Slow Progress Toward Medicaid Expansion

Bernie Hunhoff AM Legion 032116

Slow movement continues in the push to expand Medicaid in South Dakota.

4 hours ago in Local

Short Bridge, Long Debate

Todd Woods 10715

The Yankton County Commission this week approved replacement of a small culvert bridge over a tributary of the James River north east of Yankton.

7 hours ago in Local

Mason City Iowa says “No” to New Hog Plant

Pigs

After a six-and-a-half-hour meeting, the city council in Mason City early Wednesday morning split its vote on the development agreement with Prestage Foods.

21 hours ago in Local

Colette Abbott, Wife of USD President Jim Abbot Dies

ColletteAbbott050416

University Relations at the University of South Dakota has sent a release to students and staff announcing the death of Colette Abbott, wife of President Jim Abbott.

1 day ago in Local

State of SD May Face ADA Violations

medical file

The US Justice Department has notified the State of South Dakota of possible violations of the Americans with Disabilities Act due to lack of community services.