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December



New Gains Seen in Health Insurance Coverage and Access to Care for Young Adults


by Dori Salcido, HHS Acting Assistant Secretary for Public Affairs

A new report shows substantial increases in health insurance coverage for young adults. ....Continue Reading →


States Moving Forward to Implement the Health Care Law


by Kathleen Sebelius, Secretary of Health and Human Services

Last week marked a milestone for states setting up their own marketplace and many are making impressive progress. ....Continue Reading →


Progress Continues in Setting up Health Insurance Marketplaces


by Kathleen Sebelius, Secretary of Health and Human Services

States who applied early have made progress setting up their own marketplaces. ....Continue Reading →


Medicare Open Enrollment: Last Chance to Review and Compare Plans


by Kathleen Sebelius, Secretary of Health and Human Services

Open Enrollment ends on December 7, 2012. ....Continue Reading →


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November



Chris-Care: Providing the Health Care His Patients Need


by Dori Salcido, HHS Acting Assistant Secretary for Public Affairs

Because of the health care law, Dr. Lillis says his patients can get affordable health coverage and are better able to pay for their prescriptions. ....Continue Reading →


Barring Insurance Discrimination Based on Pre-Existing Health Conditions


by Kathleen Sebelius, Secretary of Health and Human Services

A new rule would prohibit some of the worst insurance industry practices. ....Continue Reading →


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October



Celebrating Healthier Patients and Stronger Communities


by Kathleen Sebelius, Secretary of Health and Human Services

Today we are celebrating the work of the National Health Service Corps in communities across the country. ....Continue Reading →


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September



Hispanic Heritage Month and Community Health Centers


by Kathleen Sebelius, Secretary of Health and Human Services

Because of the health care law and other initiatives, community health centers are stronger than ever. ....Continue Reading →


Giving Consumers a Picture of Health Insurance Costs & Benefits


by Kathleen Sebelius, Secretary of Health and Human Services

Now, millions of consumers will have access to a new consumer-friendly summary to help them understand their health insurance and compare health coverage options. ....Continue Reading →


Seniors Fight Back Against Medicare Fraud


by Kathleen Sebelius, Secretary of Health and Human Services

Seniors are paying attention and they are fighting back against the fraudsters who are trying to steal from Medicare. ....Continue Reading →


The Health Care Law Is Saving Americans Money


by Kathleen Sebelius, Secretary of Health and Human Services

The Affordable Care Act holds insurance companies accountable and puts more money back into the pockets of Americans across the country. According to a new report, consumers saved over $2 billion because of new rules that protect people from insurance industry abuses. ....Continue Reading →


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July



Giving Women Control Over Their Health Care


by Kathleen Sebelius, Secretary of Health and Human Services

Aug. 1 ushers in a new day for women’s health when, for the first time ever, women will have access to eight new services at no out-of-pocket cost ....Continue Reading →


A Dozen States Already Showing Leadership on Health Insurance Marketplaces


by Kathleen Sebelius, Secretary of Health and Human Services

In 2014, we can look forward to Affordable Insurance Exchanges and governors are committing to building these new state-based marketplaces. ....Continue Reading →


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June



Health Care’s New Trend: Spending Dollars More Wisely


by Kathleen Sebelius, Secretary of Health and Human Services

A report from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services includes good news for consumers and our health care system. ....Continue Reading →


Consumer Assistance Programs: Making Sure Health Insurance Works for You


by Kathleen Sebelius, Secretary of Health and Human Services

The Affordable Care Act includes resources to help states strengthen existing Consumer Assistance Programs or start new ones. ....Continue Reading →


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May



Stronger Benefits for Seniors, Billions in Savings This Year


by Kathleen Sebelius, Secretary of Health and Human Services

The Affordable Care Act strengthens Medicare while providing important relief to seniors and people with disabilities. ....Continue Reading →


New Report: Health Care Law Saves Money for Consumers


by Kathleen Sebelius, Secretary of Health and Human Services

A new study released today shows that the Affordable Care Act will help people in the individual health insurance market. ....Continue Reading →


Guaranteeing Value for Your Premium Dollars


by Kathleen Sebelius, Secretary of Health and Human Services

You should know if your insurance company is providing fair value for your premium dollars. ....Continue Reading →


We Can’t Wait Update: Advancing Innovation in Health Care


by Kathleen Sebelius, Secretary of Health and Human Services

The Health Care Innovation Awards provide our most creative minds with the backing they need to build the health care system of the future. ....Continue Reading →


Strengthening Health Centers in Communities Across the Country


by Kathleen Sebelius, Secretary of Health and Human Services

We’re announcing nearly $730 million in grants to help community health centers. ....Continue Reading →


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April



Getting More Value for Your Premium Dollar


by Kathleen Sebelius, Secretary of Health and Human Services

The Kaiser Family Foundation estimates that rebates will total $1.3 billion in 2012. ....Continue Reading →


Abby-Care: Health Coverage for Young Adults Under 26


by Dori Salcido, HHS Acting Assistant Secretary for Public Affairs

Born with a rare congenital disease, Abby tells us of many reasons why she cares so passionately about the new health care law. ....Continue Reading →


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March



We’re Doing More to Protect Your Health


by Kathleen Sebelius, Secretary of Health and Human Services

This is National Consumer Protection Week, an time to learn more about your new health insurance rights. ....Continue Reading →


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February



Helping Americans with Pre-Existing Conditions Get Needed Care


by Kathleen Sebelius, Secretary of Health and Human Services

Now, 50,000 Americans have health coverage through the Pre-Existing Condition Insurance Plan in their state. ....Continue Reading →


Obama Administration’s Unprecedented Fraud Fighting Pays Off


by Kathleen Sebelius, Secretary of Health and Human Services

For the second year in a row, anti-fraud efforts have recovered more than $4.1 billion in fraudulent Medicare payments. ....Continue Reading →


More Resources to Protect Mothers and Babies


by Kathleen Sebelius, Secretary of Health and Human Services

To help reduce the rising number of premature births and ensure more babies are born healthy, HHS announced the Strong Start initiative. ....Continue Reading →


Seniors are Saving Money Today and Tomorrow, Thanks to Health Care Law


by Kathleen Sebelius, Secretary of Health and Human Services

In 2011 about 3.6 million people with Medicare benefited from donut hole discounts— saving a total of $2.1 billion, or an average of $604 per person. ....Continue Reading →


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January



Cracking Down on Insurance Companies, Protecting Consumers


by Kathleen Sebelius, Secretary of Health and Human Services

Today, we're cracking down on unreasonably high rate increases in five states. ....Continue Reading →


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