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December


Nationwide Enrollment for Health Care Coverage Surged in December


By Marilyn Tavenner, Administrator, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services

The most recent data indicates that more than 2.1 million people nationwide have enrolled in a private health insurance plan through a new Health Insurance Marketplace since October 1. ....Continue Reading →


A New Day in Health Care Coverage


By Kathleen Sebelius, Secretary, Health and Human Services

January 1st marks not only the beginning of a New Year, but an exciting new day in health care as millions of Americans will now be able to access care, thanks to the coverage they found at the Health Insurance Marketplace. ....Continue Reading →


Enrollment Surged Prior to the Deadline for Coverage on January 1


By Marilyn Tavenner, Administrator, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services

As we continue our open enrollment campaign, we experienced a welcome surge in enrollment as millions of Americans seek access to affordable health care coverage through new Health Insurance Marketplaces nationwide. ....Continue Reading →


Tell Us Your #GetCovered Story


By Jason Young, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Public Affairs, Healthcare

Over the past several months, more than a million people have signed up for coverage through the Health Insurance Marketplace. In some cases, people are saving hundreds or even thousands of dollars a year. ....Continue Reading →


Greetings Again From Texas


By Kathleen Sebelius, Secretary, Department of Health & Human Services

We visited Dallas to help Texans learn about their new options under the Affordable Care Act State and to hear the stories of Texans who are getting covered with affordable health care. ....Continue Reading →


A Great Day in the Lone Star State


By Kathleen Sebelius, Secretary, Department of Health & Human Services

We have a unique opportunity to help millions more Texans get covered through the Health Insurance Marketplace. ....Continue Reading →


Medicaid and CHIP Eligibility Determinations Continue Positive Growth in November

According to a new CMS report, more than 1.7 million people have been determined eligible to enroll in Medicaid or CHIP in the month of November through state Medicaid and CHIP agencies and through State-based Marketplaces. ....Continue Reading →


The Affordable Care Act Means Peace of Mind for Moms


By Hallie Schneir, Associate Director of Public Engagement, White House

Moms play a critical role in helping their families access quality, affordable health care by encouraging their adult children, family members and their peers to sign up for coverage. ....Continue Reading →


Affordable Coverage Means Mark Can Spend Less on Health Care and More on His Business


By Salim Zymet, Digital Advisor, Department of Health and Human Services

When Mark Sullivan talks about the Affordable Care Act, he shares how it helped him start his own business. ....Continue Reading →


How Obamacare Helps the LGBT Community


By Gautam Raghavan, Matthew Heinz

The Affordable Care Act has the potential to transform the lives of countless LGBT people and improve the health and well-being of our community – for generations to come. ....Continue Reading →


Former Microsoft Executive Kurt DelBene To Replace Jeff Zients

Today, I am pleased to announce Kurt DelBene as my Senior Advisor and successor to Jeff Zients. Jeff did an outstanding job working with our team to provide management advice and counsel on the HealthCare.gov project. ....Continue Reading →


Consumers can Better Compare Plans with New Tool to Estimate Lower Costs

Today, we’ve enhanced our window shopping feature again to provide consumers with an estimate of the lower costs they might qualify for at the Marketplace. ....Continue Reading →


Jacob's Story: Cheaper Coverage for the Whole Family

Before the passage of the Affordable Care Act Jacob, a father of three from Arkansas, was forced to shop around for a high-risk insurance plan. ....Continue Reading →


Successfully Signing Up for Health Insurance in Miami

I had the opportunity to meet with three Miami area residents and learn how they successfully signed up for coverage through the Health Insurance Marketplace. ....Continue Reading →


What We’re Doing to Help Americans Get Coverage

I invite Americans who do not have employer-based insurance to learn about their new options on the Health Insurance Marketplace – now’s the time to visit HealthCare.gov. ....Continue Reading →


“I don’t have to worry:” Nick’s #GetCovered Story

Thanks to HealthCare.Gov, Nick is now enrolled in a silver plan that has no end date, better coverage and less out of pocket costs. ....Continue Reading →


Behind the numbers: Stories of Americans enrolling in the Marketplace


By Jason Young, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Public Affairs/Health Care

The Marketplace is impacting millions of Americans, making it easier for people to pursue their careers knowing they have the security of health coverage. ....Continue Reading →


Building On Our Progress and Moving Forward: Three Initial Steps


By: Kathleen Sebelius, Secretary of Health and Human Services

Today, I am announcing a series of initial steps in the process of better understanding the structural and managerial policies that led to the flawed launch of HealthCare.gov. ....Continue Reading →


Diane’s Enrollment Story: Living Without Fear

One of the most important benefits of the Affordable Care Act is that insurance companies will no longer be able to turn you down or charge you more because you have a pre-existing condition. ....Continue Reading →


The Health Insurance Marketplace: What You Need to Know

If you’ve tried HealthCare.gov and been unsatisfied with your experience, or if you’ve been wondering if you’re eligible for a more affordable option under the health care law, here are some tips for you. ....Continue Reading →


 

Molly P’s Enrollment Story

When she went to college Molly P. from Virginia didn’t worry about finding access to affordable health insurance. Like many students, Molly was covered by her parent’s plan and assumed she would continue to be until she was 26 under the new rules of the Affordable Care Act. ....Continue Reading →


Announcing the Winners of the Healthy Young America Video Contest

Back in August 2013, Young Invincibles, in partnership with the Department of Health and Human Services, launched the Healthy Young America Video Contest, an effort to mobilize young people to help educate and inform one another about the Affordable Care Act. ....Continue Reading →


Good News in Medicaid in states that are expanding

Today, CMS is releasing a new report that shows that, thanks to the Affordable Care Act, more people will be gaining access to coverage through their state Medicaid program and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP). ....Continue Reading →


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November


HHS Shares Tips for Consumers Visiting HealthCare.Gov

As the holiday shopping season heads into high gear, we have some consumer friendly shopping tips for individuals looking for quality affordable health insurance. ....Continue Reading →


A Direct New Path to SHOP Marketplace Coverage

In 2014, the Affordable Care Act will take steps to remove key barriers that small employers have traditionally faced when offering health insurance to their employees. ....Continue Reading →


Mick’s Enrollment Story

Mick, a college student in Florida, was so excited to start shopping for coverage on the Health Insurance Marketplace that he stayed up late on the eve of the beginning of open enrollment.....Continue Reading →


Direct Enrollment - One More Option for Accessing Quality Affordable Coverage

The Marketplace offers consumers access to coverage options most comfortable for them. Another one of those options is allowing insurers to sign up consumers from start to finish -- called, “direct enrollment.” ....Continue Reading →


The Affordable Care Act in Your Neighborhood

While we continue to improve HealthCare.gov, it’s important to remember that there are other ways to enroll in the Health Insurance Marketplace. One way is to find help in your local community. You can get assistance in a number of different ways: through trained navigators, in-person assistance personnel, or through certified application counselors. ....Continue Reading →


Emily’s Enrollment Story: A New Day without Pain

On October 1, Emily initially encountered problems trying to enroll using HealthCare.gov. Her patience with the site recently paid off when she was able to enroll in a Gold plan for around $125 a month. ....Continue Reading →


By The Numbers: the First Reporting Period of Open Enrollment


By Kathleen Sebelius, Secretary of Health and Human Services

Today we released our most detailed report to date about the results of the first reporting period of open enrollment in the Health Insurance Marketplace. The numbers show that Interest in the Health Insurance Marketplace remains strong and the promise of quality, affordable coverage is becoming a reality for hundreds of thousands of Americans. ....Continue Reading →


Investing in the Health of our Communities


By Cecilia Muñoz, Assistant to the President and Director of the Domestic Policy Council

Last week, I had the opportunity to travel back to my home state of Michigan, to Southwest Detroit, where I visited a local Community Health Center and participated in an Affordable Care Act enrollment event put on by State Representative Rashida Tlaib. The event provided an opportunity for Detroiters to ask question about the benefits of the Affordable Care Act, and for those without insurance, how to get covered. ....Continue Reading →


Americans of All Ages Are Eager for Affordable Coverage


By Kathleen Sebelius, Secretary of Health and Human Services

One of the things we’ve learned since October 1 is that the demand for affordable health coverage is very, very high. And, in fact, a new Commonwealth Fund survey confirms just how eager Americans are to purchase coverage through the new Health Insurance Marketplace. ....Continue Reading →


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October


Clearing up the Facts


By Kathleen Sebelius, Secretary of Health and Human Services

Today, more than 3 out of every 4 Americans get insurance from an employer, Medicare, Medicaid, or the Veterans Benefits Administration. Americans who purchase insurance on their own, however, generally buy coverage in the individual insurance market. ....Continue Reading →


A Clear Path Forward for HealthCare.gov


By Julie Bataille, Director of Communications, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services

Earlier this week, we announced that management expert and former CEO and Chairman of two publicly traded companies would lend his expertise to our efforts to improve the consumer experience on HealthCare.gov. Based on our assessment, we now have a clear path forward. ....Continue Reading →


Getting Help Enrolling in the Health Insurance Marketplace is Only a Phone Call Away


By Kathleen Sebelius, Secretary of Health and Human Services

Over the past three weeks, millions of you have visited HealthCare.gov to see the health coverage options available on the new Health Insurance Marketplace. This tremendous response confirms that the American people are looking for quality, affordable health coverage. ....Continue Reading →


How the Affordable Care Act Improves the Lives of American Women


By Kathleen Sebelius, Secretary of Health and Human Services

Today, we join our White House colleagues in celebrating National Breast Cancer Awareness month; and almost four weeks into the launch of the Health Insurance Marketplace, I’m reminded of the tremendous impact the Affordable Care Act has on the lives of American women. ....Continue Reading →


Deborah’s Story: Finding Affordable Coverage with a Pre-Existing Condition


By Salim Zymet, Digital Advisor, Department of Health and Human Services

Deborah L, a New Hampshire native, is a recent enrollee in the Health Insurance Marketplace. Deborah “couldn’t be happier” that she now has coverage that will begin January 1st, 2014. ....Continue Reading →


4 Ways to Apply for Coverage on the Health Insurance Marketplace


By Kathleen Sebelius, Secretary of Health and Human Services

It has been three weeks since the start of the new Health Insurance Marketplace, where Americans, regardless of income or health status, can find quality, affordable health coverage. ....Continue Reading →


Daniel’s Story: Finding Affordable Coverage for $70 a Month


By Salim Zymet, Digital Advisor, Department of Health and Human Services

Enrolling just a day after the Health Insurance Marketplace opened, Daniel, a 22 year old from Orlando, Florida, is one of the millions of Americans eligible for affordable health coverage through the Health Insurance Marketplace. ....Continue Reading →


On the Road in Ohio, Day 2: Columbus


By Kathleen Sebelius, Secretary of Health and Human Services

This morning, after a great event in Cincinnati yesterday, I was honored to be joined by Mark Mayes and Gloria McCauley in Columbus, Ohio, who shared their personal stories with me at the Columbus Metropolitan Library, one of the nation’s historic and top-ranked libraries. ....Continue Reading →


On the Road in Ohio

It’s always good to go home. Today, I spent the morning in my hometown Cincinnati spreading the word about the new Health Insurance Marketplace. At an event held at Cincinnati State Technical and Community College, I was joined by Mayor Mark Mallory, Hamilton County Commissioner Todd Portune, and Dr. O’dell Owen, the college’s president. ....Continue Reading →


Because Everyone Deserves Options…

For years, millions of Americans have been denied the security and peace of mind that comes with having health insurance. This has meant that far too many families have a story similar to the one Cathy shared with us. ....Continue Reading →


Because It Protects My Family...

Being a parent is hard enough without having to worry about how you’d get the medical care you need if you got sick or injured. But the new Health Insurance Marketplace can help by bringing quality, affordable coverage that fits your needs within reach. ....Continue Reading →


Because It Makes You Secure...

The Health Insurance Marketplace brings quality, affordable, health care coverage within reach. ....Continue Reading →


Because It Strengthens Our Communities...

The Health Insurance Marketplace helps keep citizens healthy and productive  ....Continue Reading →


We’re Hearing About the Healthcare Law in Action –

The new Health Insurance Marketplace opened for business in every state on Tuesday. ....Continue Reading →


Because You’re Not Invincible…

The Health Insurance Marketplace helps people like you and Malik ....Continue Reading →


What Does the Health Insurance Marketplace Mean for You?

Today the Health Insurance Marketplace opened for business, creating a new and better way for Americans to shop for insurance. ....Continue Reading →


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September


Moms Champions

I want to make sure moms across the country understand the new opportunities for their families as we approach the beginning of open enrollment in the Health Insurance Marketplace. ....Continue Reading →


Find Local Help

There’s a new way to get help with your application for coverage in the Health Insurance Marketplace. ....Continue Reading →


Delivering on the Affordable Care Act: Marketplace Premiums Lower than Expected


By Jeanne Lambrew, Deputy Assistant, White House Office of Health Reform

At the center of the ACA is the premise that we need to make health care more affordable and accessible, and a new report demonstrates just how affordable insurance will be. ....Continue Reading →


Countdown to Coverage


By Kathleen Sebelius, Secretary of Health and Human Services

Today we’ve reached yet another milestone on the road to affordable health care: 100 days to coverage. ....Continue Reading →


Protecting Consumers Against Fraud in the Health Insurance Marketplace


By Kathleen Sebelius, Secretary of Health and Human Services

As we observe Healthcare Fraud Prevention and Awareness Month in September – and beyond – let this be crystal clear to everyone: Consumer fraud has no place in the Health Insurance Marketplace, which opens for enrollment in October. ....Continue Reading →


Obamacare and LGBT Health


By Kathleen Sebelius, Secretary of Health and Human Services

The health care law prevents insurance companies from charging anyone a higher premium just because they happen to be lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender. ....Continue Reading →


Improving the Public’s Health through the Affordable Care Act


By Kathleen Sebelius, Secretary of Health and Human Services

The Administration is helping to ensure every American has the opportunity to be healthy because we know that the nation’s public health affects and connects us all. ....Continue Reading →


Working with Pharmacies across America


By Kathleen Sebelius, Secretary of Health and Human Services

Pharmacies across America are stepping up to help you understand and get ready for the Health Insurance Marketplace. ....Continue Reading →


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August


Invest in Yourself, Get Coverage


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

We never know when we’ll need insurance. An injury, illness or accident can strike anyone, at any time. ....Continue Reading →


Our 'Fierce Urgency of Now'


By Kathleen Sebelius, Secretary of Health and Human Services

When Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. spoke at the March on Washington, he described a “fierce urgency of now.” He reminded a divided nation that we need one another, and that we are stronger when we march forward, together. ....Continue Reading →


The Affordable Care Act and American Indians and Alaska Natives


By Dr. Yvette Roubideaux, Acting Director, Indian Health Service

We encourage every American Indian and Alaska Native to enroll in the Health Insurance Marketplace starting October 1, 2013 to see what benefits are available to them. ....Continue Reading →


What the Affordable Care Act Means to Communities of Color


By Dr. J. Nadine Gracia, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Minority Health

There are many ways we can measure the impact of the ACA – from the more than 500,000 previously uninsured African American young adults who have gained coverage from a parent’s health plan, to the 10.2 million uninsured Latinos who will be eligible for coverage through the Marketplace. ....Continue Reading →


Affordable Care Act: Creating Health Access for Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders


By Howard K. Koh, M.D., MPH Assistant Secretary for Health

Every one of us knows someone- a friend, a relative, or maybe a patient- who couldn’t receive the care they needed because they lacked insurance. Thankfully, this will start to change on October 1, 2013, when people can sign up for coverage through the Health Insurance Marketplace , with benefits beginning as early as January 1, 2014. ....Continue Reading →


The Marketplace is Only a Call, Click, or Conversation Away


By Kathleen Sebelius, Secretary of Health and Human Services

The Marketplace is training information specialists, known as Navigators, assistance personnel, or certified application counselors, to answers your coverage questions. ....Continue Reading →


The Affordable Care Act: Speaking to Women’s Unique Health Needs


By Nancy C. Lee, M.D. Deputy Assistant Secretary for Health – Women's Health Director, Office on Women's Health

More than three years ago, the most important women’s health legislation in my lifetime was passed into law—the Affordable Care Act. This law lowers the costs of health care for women, increases access to quality health care, and pays attention to the distinct health needs of women and families. As women, we often make health care decisions for ourselves and for our families, so it is important that we know how the health care law benefits us.  ....Continue Reading →


A Mom’s Trusted Voice on Health Insurance


by Kathleen Sebelius, Secretary of Health and Human Services

As a mother and grandmother, I know how a mom’s voice is critical to maintaining the health of her family—and that’s true even after her kids have grown up into young adults.    ....Continue Reading →


Next Steps in Implementation of the Health Insurance Marketplace


by Kathleen Sebelius, Secretary of Health and Human Services

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is working every day to implement the health care law that’s already helping millions of Americans. And come October 1, it will help millions more when the Health Insurance Marketplace opens in every state.    ....Continue Reading →


Health Care Changes: A New Tool for Small Business Owners


by Karen Mills, SBA Administrators

We’re excited to announce a new, streamlined health care tool for businesses -- Business.USA.gov.    ....Continue Reading →


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July


Strengthening Medicare and Medicaid Today and for Tomorrow


by Kathleen Sebelius, Secretary of Health and Human Services

My 92-year-old father first ran for public office after he finished his military service in World War II.    ....Continue Reading →


Marketplace Competition at Work:  Examples of the Health Care Law Lowering Premiums


By Richard Kronick, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Health Policy

The ACA brings an unprecedented level of transparency and competition to the health insurance market by requiring insurers to justify rate increases of 10 percent or more.    ....Continue Reading →


The Affordable Care Act is on Track


by Kathleen Sebelius, Secretary of Health and Human Services

Here’s a great graphic about how we’re on track with the Affordable Care Act. It’s signed, sealed, and it’s delivering – on time.    ....Continue Reading →


Myth vs. Fact: Health Insurance Marketplace on Track


by Marilyn Tavenner, Administrator, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services

Last Friday, we put out final regulations on how the eligibility for the Health Insurance Marketplace will work. These regulations aim to streamline your experience enrolling in the Health Insurance Marketplace and ensure your state can more easily verify your employer-based coverage and income levels for the first year of operations.    ....Continue Reading →


The Health Care Law and Progress in Prevention


by Kathleen Sebelius, Secretary of Health and Human Services

Three years ago, the Affordable Care Act ushered in a new day for health care, especially for prevention. Americans have gained stronger, more reliable health care coverage to help them get healthy and stay healthy. For those with private insurance coverage, which is more than 100 million Americans, cancer screenings, blood pressure readings, flu shots, and other essential preventive care services are now available without any out-of-pocket costs.   ....Continue Reading →


4 ways to stay healthy on the Fourth of July


by Kathleen Sebelius, Secretary of Health and Human Services

As we celebrate Independence Day, it is important to remember that the health care law gives you independence to choose a plan that meets your needs in the Health Insurance Marketplace.  ....Continue Reading →


Strengthening Our Commitment to Veterans’ Health


by Kathleen Sebelius, Secretary of Health and Human Services, and Congressman Emanuel Cleaver

As Americans gather to celebrate our nation’s independence, we wanted to share how honored we are to have recently met with more than 200 veterans and their families in Missouri. ....Continue Reading →


Families: Get Together This Summer and Talk Health


by Kathleen Sebelius, Secretary of Health and Human Services

Your next summer reunion not only offers the opportunity for great food and catching up, it also is a great time to learn how the health care law can help everyone in your family. ....Continue Reading →


Connecting Kids to Coverage


by Cindy Mann, Deputy Administrator of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services and Director of the Centers for Medicaid and CHIP Services

Today, I’m thrilled that we are awarding nearly $32 million to support Connecting Kids to Coverage Outreach and Enrollment Grants ....Continue Reading →


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June


Improving Health for LGBT Americans


by Jason Young, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Public Affairs/Health Care

HHS is committed to promoting the health and well-being of all Americans, including LGBT Americans. And the ACA provides a foundation for achieving that goal. ....Continue Reading →


Get Ready for the Health Insurance Marketplace


by Kathleen Sebelius, Secretary Of Health And Human Services

This is an historic time for millions of Americans who don’t have health insurance or need better and more affordable options. ....Continue Reading →


On Target for Opening the New Health Insurance Marketplace


by Kathleen Sebelius, Secretary Of Health And Human Services

We are on target for open enrollment, and looking forward to several milestones over the coming months to accomplish this important task. ....Continue Reading →


Men: Don’t Wait for a Wakeup Call When it Comes to Your Health


by Bill Corr, Deputy Secretary Of Health And Human Services

National Men’s Health Week is a good time for us to start taking responsibility and doing what’s needed to stay healthy and active. ....Continue Reading →


Commentary: On Being Young and Wanting Health Insurance


by Malik Hassan

When you're young and healthy, you don't think about insurance - or you don't think about it until something goes wrong and you need it. ....Continue Reading →


Black men: Here’s your wake-up call


By Anton J. Gunn, Director of External Affairs

For too many of us, it takes a sudden wake-up call to make us realize we’re not invincible. And tragically, for some, that call comes too late. ....Continue Reading →


Celebrating Innovation at the Fourth Annual Health Datapalooza Conference


by Kathleen Sebelius, Secretary of Health and Human Services

Three years ago, the Department of Health and Human Services kicked off the Health Data Initiative with 45 people gathered in a conference room. This week marks the fourth edition of what has come to be known as ‘Datapalooza,’ which has grown to include nearly 2,000 tech developers, health care professionals, researchers, policy makers, and business leaders from around the world. ....Continue Reading →


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May


Affordable Care Act saves young adults millions in emergency room care

by Kathleen Sebelius, Secretary of Health and Human Services

Thanks to the Affordable Care Act, 3.1 million previously uninsured young adults have health coverage through their parents’ plans. The New England Journal of Medicine recently published a first look at how health insurance coverage is protecting young adults and their families from the costs of a serious medical emergency. ....Continue Reading →


Good News on Innovation and Health Care


by Kathleen Sebelius, Secretary of Health and Human Services

Data that supports medical decision-making and collaboration are spurring innovation necessary to deliver improved health care. ....Continue Reading →


Class of 2013: Graduate with Peace of Mind


by Kathleen Sebelius, Secretary of Health and Human Services

This is a time when you’re making big decisions about the future. You might be embarking on a new career, transitioning to a different city, and thinking about the start of this next exciting stage in life. ....Continue Reading →


Privately Insured Americans to Learn about the Health Insurance Marketplaces


by Kathleen Sebelius, Secretary of Health and Human Services

Over the course of the year, businesses and health insurers will send Americans information about coverage through the Marketplace. ....Continue Reading →


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April


A Simpler Way to Apply for Health Care


by Kathleen Sebelius, Secretary of Health and Human Services

We have finalized the application that identifies what insurance programs you are eligible for and discounts to help pay for it. ....Continue Reading →


The FY2014 Budget: Strengthening Health and Opportunity for all Americans


by Kathleen Sebelius, Secretary of Health and Human Services

The budget for HHS provides investments that create healthier and safer families, stronger communities and a thriving America. ....Continue Reading →


A Healthy Choice For America’s Small Businesses


by Meredith K. Olafson, Senior Policy Advisor, SBA

In 2014, employers will be able to choose a plan through a new Health Insurance Marketplace. ....Continue Reading →


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March


Affordable Care Act at 3: Looking Forward and Expanding Access


by Kathleen Sebelius, Secretary of Health and Human Services

Thanks to the health care law, qualified individuals will have access to quality insurance through the Health Insurance Marketplace. ....Continue Reading →


Affordable Care Act at 3: Increased Savings for Seniors


by Kathleen Sebelius, Secretary of Health and Human Services

Thanks to the health law, more than 6.3 million seniors and people with disabilities on Medicare saved over $6.1B on prescriptions. ....Continue Reading →


Affordable Care Act at 3: Paying for Quality Saves Health Care Dollars


by Kathleen Sebelius, Secretary of Health and Human Services

The Affordable Care Act includes steps to improve the quality of health care and lower costs for you and for our nation as a whole. ....Continue Reading →


Affordable Care Act at 3: Holding Insurance Companies Accountable


by Kathleen Sebelius, Secretary of Health and Human Services

Before the Affordable Care Act, premiums rose rapidly, straining budgets of families and businesses. The health care law is working to bring affordability and fairness to the marketplace. ....Continue Reading →


Affordable Care Act at 3: Abby’s Story


by Abby Schanfield

I remember the day the health care law passed three years ago. The law made history, and changed the course of my life. ....Continue Reading →


Affordable Care Act at 3: Consumer Protections


by Kathleen Sebelius, Secretary of Health and Human Services

The health care law brings an end to some of the worst insurance industry practices that have kept affordable coverage out of reach for millions of Americans. ....Continue Reading →


Affordable Care Act, Jobs, and Employer-Sponsored Insurance: A Look at the Evidence


by Kathleen Sebelius, Secretary of Health and Human Services

Since the Affordable Care Act became law in 2010, health care cost growth has been lower than in the past – and lower than was projected when the law passed almost three years ago. ....Continue Reading →


Affordable Care Act is Working to Bring Down Health Care Costs


by Kathleen Sebelius, Secretary of Health and Human Services

The law includes innovative tools to drive down health care costs.  It incentivizes efficient care, supports a robust health information technology infrastructure, and fights fraud and waste. ....Continue Reading →


Good News on Health Care Spending


by Kathleen Sebelius, Secretary of Health and Human Services

For years, health care costs rose faster than inflation. Now, the slowing growth of health care spending is being recognized by independent analysts. ....Continue Reading →


How the Health Care Law Protects You


by Kathleen Sebelius, Secretary of Health and Human Services

National Consumer Protection Week starts today, so it’s the perfect time to talk about new rights and protections under the health care law. ....Continue Reading →


New Report Shows Slower Medicaid Spending Growth


by Richard Kronick, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Health Policy

The 2012 Medicaid Actuarial Report released today contains good news. It shows that Medicaid benefits spending is estimated to have decreased by 1.9% from 2011 to 2012. ....Continue Reading →


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February


Holding Insurance Companies Accountable for High Premium Increases


by Kathleen Sebelius, Secretary of Health and Human Services

A new report released today shows that the health care law is helping to moderate premium hikes. ....Continue Reading →


States Prepare for the Health Insurance Marketplace


by Kathleen Sebelius, Secretary of Health and Human Services

No matter where a qualified consumer lives, he or she will have access to coverage through a Marketplace. ....Continue Reading →


HealthMap Vaccine Finder: Helping Adults Find the Vaccines They Need


by Dr. Howard K. Koh, Assistant Secretary for Health

The HealthMap Vaccine Finder helps you locate nearby providers that offer the flu vaccine and 10 other vaccinations routinely recommended for adults. ....Continue Reading →


Health Care Law Saves Seniors Billions on Prescription Drugs


by Kathleen Sebelius, Secretary of Health and Human Services

The Affordable Care Act provides lower costs on prescription drugs and improved benefits for millions seniors and people with disabilities on Medicare. ....Continue Reading →


More than Valentine’s Day: Taking Care of Our Hearts


by Kathleen Sebelius, Secretary of Health and Human Services

February is American Heart Month, which makes this a good time to talk about the ways the Affordable Care Act helps us take better care of our hearts. ....Continue Reading →


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January 


Help From the Affordable Care Act to Quit Smoking and Live Longer


by Dr. Howard K. Koh, Assistant Secretary for Health

Quitting smoking by age 35 may add 10 years to your life, according to a new article in the New England Journal of Medicine. And quitting even in middle age can increase your life expectancy by as many as six years. In fact, non-smokers are twice as likely to live to age 80 compared to smokers. ....Continue Reading →


Countdown to Affordable Health Insurance


by Kathleen Sebelius, Secretary of Health and Human Services

January is the perfect month for looking forward to new and great things around the corner. I’m feeling that way about the new Health Insurance Marketplace. Anticipation is building, and this month we start an important countdown, first to October 1, 2013, when open enrollment begins, and continuing on to January 1, 2014, the start of new health insurance coverage for millions of Americans. ....Continue Reading →


More Good News on Medicare


by Kathleen Sebelius, Secretary of Health and Human Services

We continue to get good news on Medicare. Today, a new analysis shows the growth in Medicare spending per beneficiary has continued at a historically slow pace. ....Continue Reading →


Growth of Health Care Spending Remains at Historic Low


by Kathleen Sebelius, Secretary of Health and Human Services

Today, we got some very good news when the official numbers for health care spending were released. ....Continue Reading →


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