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December



Connecting Kids to Coverage


by Kathleen Sebelius, Secretary of Health and Human Services

As families and children across America are celebrating the holiday season, we at HHS also are celebrating the steps we’ve taken in partnership with the states to ensure that children have the health coverage they need. ....Continue Reading →


States Move Forward, Implement Health Reform


by Kathleen Sebelius, Secretary of Health and Human Services

As a former Governor and Insurance Commissioner, I believe that states are critical partners in improving health care for American families. That’s why, from the very beginning, we have worked closely with all states to implement the Affordable Care Act. ....Continue Reading →


Good News for People with Medicare and Their Doctors


by Kathleen Sebelius, Secretary of Health and Human Services

Strengthening Medicare is one of our top priorities and today marks an important day for people on Medicare and their doctors and other health care providers. With strong support from the Administration, Congress has passed legislation that will prevent a significant pay cut for doctors from taking effect on January 1 and extend critical Medicare and Medicaid policies that would otherwise expire at the end of this year. ....Continue Reading →


World AIDS Day


by Kathleen Sebelius, Secretary of Health and Human Services

Today, we recognize World AIDS Day. World AIDS Day is an opportunity to remember those we have lost to the HIV pandemic and to honor those who fight against the virus. It is also a day to celebrate the gains we have made in responding to HIV around the world, and to look ahead with hope and purpose at the next steps we can take in our fight against HIV/AIDS. ....Continue Reading →


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November



More Value For Your Dollar


by Kathleen Sebelius, Secretary of Health and Human Services

New rules, referred to as the "medical loss ratio," give you more value for your health care dollar, and more transparency about how insurance companies conduct business. ....Continue Reading →


Standing Up for Quality and Affordable Health Care


by Kathleen Sebelius, Secretary of Health and Human Services

This week, I had the opportunity to meet with consumer advocacy organizations from around the country that are working on the front lines every day on behalf of individuals and families as they seek quality, affordable health care. ....Continue Reading →


The Beginning of the End of the Tobacco Epidemic


by Kathleen Sebelius, Secretary of Health and Human Services

Today is the beginning of the end of the tobacco epidemic. ....Continue Reading →


Life-Saving Treatments: Made in the U.S.A. – HealthCare Notes


by Kathleen Sebelius, Secretary of Health and Human Services

Every day, millions of Americans benefit from the advances made in the fields of life, biological, and medical science. Breakthroughs in these fields have helped to significantly reduce mortality from many conditions that were ....Continue Reading →


Talking About Medicare Fraud – HealthCare Notes


by Kathleen Sebelius, Secretary of Health and Human Services

A few weeks ago, I went out to Los Angeles, California and participated in a Health Care Fraud Prevention Summit. The event was the latest in a series of fraud prevention summits held by the Department of Health and Human Services ....Continue Reading →


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October



Early Retiree Reinsurance Program: Real Impacts on Real People – HealthCare Notes


by Kathleen Sebelius, Secretary of Health and Human Services

Last week, I traveled to Cranberry Township Pennsylvania where I met Bill. He worked as a toolmaker for 37 years at MSA (Mine Safety Appliances) and recently retired at age 62. Bill worked hard his entire life, and in his retirement ....Continue Reading →


Letting in the Sunshine: Insurer Pricing, Denial Rates Now Available on HealthCare.Gov


by Kathleen Sebelius, Secretary of Health & Human Services

If you’ve ever searched for private health insurance, or even just tried to figure out which health care plan is a good fit, you know how hard it is to make heads or tails of what’s presented to you. There are a lot of terms, like “formulary,” ....Continue Reading →


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September



Find Your Flu Shot – HealthCare Notes


by Kathleen Sebelius, Secretary of Health & Human Services

Flu season is back. Time to wash your hands, sneeze into your elbow, and get your flu shot!This year’s flu vaccine includes protection against H1N1 as well as two other seasonal flu viruses, so make sure you and your loved ones get your shots. ....Continue Reading →


Medicare Donut Hole: 50% Discount Starts in 2011 – HealthCare Notes


by Kathleen Sebelius, Secretary of Health and Human Services

The Affordable Care Act has started to close the Medicare “donut hole,” a coverage gap in Medicare’s prescription drug program, by issuing $250 rebate checks to people who fell into it in 2010. Today, on a phone call with seniors, Vice President Biden and I are announcing another important step forward. ....Continue Reading →


Getting Kids Health Insurance: What You Can Do Right Now– HealthCare Notes


by Kathleen Sebelius, Secretary of Health and Human Services and Arne Duncan, Secretary of Education

You may have read Cindy Mann’s HealthCare Note a few weeks ago about getting your kid health insurance. Making sure that our children are covered is one of the building blocks of a healthier society, and it’s something we can work on right now. ....Continue Reading →


Six Months of the Affordable Care Act – HealthCare Notes


by Kathleen Sebelius, Secretary of Health and Human Services

In the six months since President Obama signed the Affordable Care Act into law, we have been hard at work implementing the law and focusing on putting consumers ahead of insurance companies. ....Continue Reading →


Become a Winner of the Presidential Active Lifestyle Award – HealthCare Notes


by Kathleen Sebelius, Secretary of Health and Human Services

We are proud to announce the Presidential Active Lifestyle Award Challenge! The good news is: winning an award isn’t hard. ....Continue Reading →


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August



Making Sure Your Premiums Pay for Care– HealthCare Notes


by Kathleen Sebelius, Secretary of Health and Human Services

Today, the National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC) approved a preliminary set of recommendations for implementation of the Affordable Care Act’s provisions relating to an insurer’s medical loss ratio – the percentage. ....Continue Reading →


What is the Donut Hole? – HealthCare Notes


by Jonathan Blum, Deputy Administrator and Director for the Center of Medicare at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services

Jonathan Blum, Deputy Administrator and Director for the Center of Medicare at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, responds to healthcare.gov visitor questions and explains the Medicare prescription drug donut hole. ....Continue Reading →


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July



More Seniors to Receive One-Time Donut Hole Rebate Checks


by Kathleen Sebelius, Secretary of Health and Human Services

If you or a loved one are one of the millions of seniors who fall into the "donut hole" every year, help is on the way thanks to the Affordable Care Act. ....Continue Reading →


HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius Welcomes You to HealthCare.gov


by Jenny Backus, Acting Assistant Secretary for Public Affairs

Welcome to www.HealthCare.gov, a website we designed to help you, your family, your business, your parents and grandparents, and your neighbors and friends get the information you need to make the best choices about your health care. ....Continue Reading →


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June



Protecting Patients with Private Insurance


by Kathleen Sebelius, Secretary of Health and Human Services

During the health reform debate, we heard story after story of Americans let down by the private health insurance system. Parents in Texas unable to buy coverage for their infant born with a heart defect. ....Continue Reading →


Keeping the Plan You Like


by Kathleen Sebelius, Secretary of Health and Human Services

Throughout the health reform debate, the President has been clear that we should build on the insurance system we have, keeping the parts that work and gradually fixing the parts that don’t. ....Continue Reading →


Strengthening Medicare and Protecting America’s Seniors


by Kathleen Sebelius, Secretary of Health and Human Services

On Tuesday, I joined President Obama at a tele-town hall meeting in Wheaton, MD, to answer seniors’ questions about what the Affordable Care Act will mean for them and to clear up misconceptions about Medicare. ....Continue Reading →


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