The New York Times — Tom Price is confirmed as health secretary
The Senate early Friday approved the nomination of Representative Tom Price to be secretary of health and human services, putting him in charge of President Trump’s efforts to dismantle the Affordable Care Act.

The Washington Post — Tom Price belongs to a doctors group with unorthodox views on government and health care
Now that he appears on the cusp of Senate confirmation as the Trump administration’s secretary of health and human services, his remarks and affiliations over a long career in medicine and politics shed light on the intensity of his beliefs — and show that he would lead a department whose mission and bureaucrats he has repeatedly deplored.

Kaiser Health News — Five quick ways new HHS Secretary Tom Price could change the course of health policy
After a bruising confirmation process, the Senate confirmed Rep. Tom Price, R-Ga., to head up the Department of Health and Human Services, by a 52-to-47 vote. Here are five actions the new HHS secretary might take, according to advocates on both sides, that would disrupt health policies currently in force.

Reuters — Venezuelan girl’s diphtheria death highlights country’s health crisis
Her death and a wider Venezuelan outbreak of diphtheria, once a major global cause of child death but increasingly rare due to immunizations, shows how vulnerable the country is to health risks amid a major economic crisis that has sparked shortages of basic medicines and vaccines.

Kaiser Health News — ‘Massive confusion’ abounds for insurers as GOP wavers on Obamacare redo
Premiums for Obamacare plans sold by New Mexico Health Connections could rise as little as 7 percent next year, says Martin Hickey, the insurance company’s CEO. Or they might soar as much as 40 percent, he said. It all depends on what happens in Washington. Such is the vast uncertainty about how the Trump administration and Republican-controlled Congress are approaching their promises to repeal, repair and replace the Affordable Care Act.

Idaho Falls Post-Register — Public Health works to keep residents healthy, safe
Public Health and its 110 employees serve eight counties in all manner of ways. The department’s staff administer a variety of services from providing health care to the needy, to immunizations, to parent-education classes, to restaurant licensing and environmental protection.

APHA Get Ready blog — Take on winter safety this year with our new infographic
While weather conditions can’t be controlled, the toll it takes on you and your community can. That’s where our new Get Ready infographic comes in. Live now on our website, the graphic offers key tips for staying safe before, during and after a winter storm.