U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

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U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Also called HHS. A cabinet-level body of the U.S. federal government responsible for protecting the public health. It conducts drug inspections, assists in the implementation of Medicare and Medicaid, runs the health service for Native Americans, and performs many similar operations. Until 1995, it also administered the Social Security Administration. It was created in 1953 and took its current form in 1980.
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The HHS department has unveiled new guidance aimed at protecting hospital patients' right to choose their own visitors, including same-sex domestic partners.
The measure also requires the HHS Department to establish an early warning and surveillance system to identify adulteration of the pet food supply.
As recommended last year by the Advisory Committee to the Director of NIH, the new office will be located at the HHS department level, in the office of the Assistant Secretary for Health.