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December



2.5 Million More Young Adults Have Coverage Thanks to Health Law


by Kathleen Sebelius, Secretary of Health and Human Services

Thanks to the health care law, 2.5 million young people have gained coverage under their parents' health plan. ....Continue Reading →


As Open Enrollment Ends, People with Medicare save $1.5 billion on prescriptions


by Kathleen Sebelius, Secretary of Health and Human Services

Through the end of October, 2.65 million people with Medicare have received discounts on brand named drugs. ....Continue Reading →


Medicare Open Enrollment: Last Week to Review and Compare Medicare Plans


by Kathleen Sebelius, Secretary of Health and Human Services

If you’ve been thinking about changing your Medicare coverage, the time to act is now. The dates for Medicare Open Enrollment are early this year to allow for a smoother transition to a new plan. Not only did Open Enrollment start earlier, but it also ends earlier – the last day for you to change your Medicare plan is now December 7. ....Continue Reading →


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October



Keeping Medicare Affordable in 2012


by Kathleen Sebelius, Secretary of Health and Human Services

Good news: the Medicare Part B monthly premium paid by most beneficiaries, which helps pay for physicians’ services, outpatient hospital services, and more, is rising far less than expected. ....Continue Reading →


The Affordable Care Act: Helping You Spend More Time With Your Doctor, Reducing Costs


by Kathleen Sebelius, Secretary of Health and Human Services

This week, you can expect to hear more from us about one of the most important goals of the health care law: taking down barriers so you can spend more time with your doctor, reducing costs and ensuring you get the best care. ....Continue Reading →


The CLASS Program


by Kathleen Sebelius, Secretary of Health and Human Services

As we suspend work on implementing CLASS, we are recommitting ourselves to the ultimate goal of making sure Americans can get the long-term care they need. ....Continue Reading →


Celebrating Corps Community Day


by Kathleen Sebelius, Secretary of Health and Human Services

For the first time in its nearly 40 year history, the National Health Service Corps can count more than 10,000 members in its ranks. ....Continue Reading →


New Online Tool Gives You More Information about Premium Increases


by Kathleen Sebelius, Secretary of Health and Human Services

Starting today, you will begin to have more information about your health insurance premiums. We posted the first set of explanations about premium increases from insurance companies. ....Continue Reading →


Reaffirming Our Commitment to Fighting – and Preventing – Breast Cancer


by Kathleen Sebelius, Secretary of Health and Human Services

October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month – a time to reaffirm our commitment to fighting breast cancer and to remind ourselves of the importance of prevention and early detection. ....Continue Reading →


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September



One Million More Young Adults Have Coverage Thanks to Health Law


by Kathleen Sebelius, Secretary of Health and Human Services

A new report shows that as of March 31, 2011, approximately one million more young adults have coverage, compared with one year ago. ....Continue Reading →


Affordable Care Act in Action: Fewer Uninsured Young Adults in America


by Kathleen Sebelius, Secretary of Health and Human Services

A new study shows that the health care law is reducing the number of uninsured young adults. ....Continue Reading →


A Bright New Day for Families and Small Employers


by Kathleen Sebelius, Secretary of Health and Human Services

Rate Review will hold insurance companies accountable and help lower costs for families and small businesses. ....Continue Reading →


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August



A Health Care Marketplace to Help You Find Insurance


by Kathleen Sebelius, Secretary of Health and Human Services

Affordable Insurance Exchanges are one-stop marketplaces where you can choose a private health insurance plan. ....Continue Reading →


Community Health Centers: Increasing Access to Affordable, High Quality Care


by Kathleen Sebelius, Secretary of Health and Human Services

Community health centers increase American’s access to affordable and high-quality health care. ....Continue Reading →


Making It Easier for Women to Get Care They Need


by Kathleen Sebelius, Secretary of Health and Human Services

HHS has announced new guidelines that ensure millions of women receive preventive health services with no cost sharing. ....Continue Reading →


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July



Looking Ahead to 2014: Competitive Affordable Insurance Marketplaces


by Kathleen Sebelius, Secretary of Health and Human Services

Today, we are entering the next phase in implementing the health reform law by announcing a proposed framework to assist states in building Affordable Insurance Exchanges. ....Continue Reading →


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June



Freeing Doctors to Focus on Patients, Not Paperwork


by Kathleen Sebelius, Secretary of Health and Human Services

Today, we issued rules to simplify the mounds of paperwork that doctors, nurses, and other caregivers have to complete in order to get paid for treating you. ....Continue Reading →


This June, Get Healthy, Stay Healthy


by Kathleen Sebelius, Secretary of Health and Human Services

This June, we are marking our nation’s first-ever Prevention and Wellness Month. Over the next month, you can look forward to announcements, activities, and tips that will help you and your family get healthy and stay healthy. ....Continue Reading →


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May



This Mother’s Day: Giving the Gift of Health


by Kathleen Sebelius, Secretary of Health and Human Services

As a Mom myself, I’m familiar with how busy life gets taking care of our children and family. Now, thanks to the Affordable Care Act, there are tools out there that offer some peace of mind. ....Continue Reading →


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April



Health Insurance for Young Adults, Even After Graduation Day


by Kathleen Sebelius, Secretary of Health and Human Services

The need for health insurance doesn’t end graduation day. I teamed up with Education Secretary Arne Duncan to help educate the graduating class of 2011 about new health benefits and new tools available to share this information. ....Continue Reading →


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March



Better Benefits, Better Health for Women


by Kathleen Sebelius, Secretary of Health and Human Services

The Affordable Care Act is bringing much needed changes to the insurance market for women. ....Continue Reading →


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February



Covering More Uninsured Americans Who Have Pre-Existing Conditions


by Richard Popper, Director of Insurance Programs in the Center for Consumer Information & Insurance

More Americans with pre-existing conditions are finding coverage through the Pre-Existing Condition Insurance Plan. ....Continue Reading →


A View from the States


by HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius and Washington Governor Christine Gregoire

HHS wants to learn from the best practices in states like Washington, and help to share them so that all Americans can enjoy high-quality, affordable care. ....Continue Reading →


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January



Moving Forward to Implement the Health Insurance Exchanges


by Kathleen Sebelius, Secretary of Health and Human Services

If you’ve ever purchased insurance in the individual market, you know well how difficult it can be to navigate the market and find affordable options. ....Continue Reading →


Protecting Americans with Pre-existing Conditions


by Richard Sorian, Assistant Secretary for Public Affairs

Under the full range of policies in the Affordable Care Act to be in place by 2014, Americans living with pre-existing conditions are free from discrimination and can get the health coverage they need at a price they can afford. ....Continue Reading →


A Tribute to Dr. King


by Kathleen Sebelius, Secretary of Health and Human Services

As we remember Dr. King and celebrate his legacy this week, we also recognize the change that he set in motion and that continues to this day. ....Continue Reading →


Ringing in the New Year with New Health Care Benefits


by Kathleen Sebelius, Secretary of Health and Human Services

Some of the most important provisions of the Affordable Care Act will take effect in 2011. ....Continue Reading →


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