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November


Off to a Solid Start; More Work to be Done: Open Enrollment Week 1 (November 15-21)

Posted November 26, 2014

“Today, we are releasing the first weekly snapshot of Federal Marketplace Open Enrollment activity; we had a solid start, but we have a lot of work to do…” ....Continue Reading →


Yvonne’s #GetCovered Story: Thankful for Coverage

Posted November 26, 2014
By Judy Sarasohn, Public Affairs, Department of Health and Human Services

Hear from Yvonne about why she joined the millions of people who have affordable, quality health insurance because of the Marketplace. ....Continue Reading →


Time to Get Covered

Posted November 25, 2014
By Dr. Nancy Lee, Director, Office on Women’s Health (OWH)

The last thing you want to worry about is finding health coverage that fits your needs and budget. Luckily, the Marketplace opened on November 15! ....Continue Reading →


James’ I’m Covered Story: Plan Pays for Diabetes Complications

Posted November 21, 2014
By James Jackson, 30, Pensacola, Florida

Thanks to the Affordable Care Act, I was able to enroll last January in coverage without worrying about my pre-existing condition. ....Continue Reading →


Rachel’s I’m Covered Story: What it Means to Know My Family and I are Covered

Posted November 20, 2014
By Rachel F, North Carolina

Fortunately, the Marketplace opened for enrollment while I was pregnant, and we found a plan that covers both my husband and me and included maternity coverage. ....Continue Reading →


Anécdota de Carlos para la Campaña “Obtenga Cobertura”: Tener la Oportunidad de Obtener Mi Propio Seguro de Salud Por Primera Vez

Posted November 19, 2014
Por Carlos Mesa, 24, Silver Spring, Maryland

Fue muy fácil de usar el Mercado de seguros. Las personas que me ayudaron a inscribirme fueron muy serviciales. ....Continue Reading →


Medicaid and CHIP Enrollment Grows by over 9.1 Million People

Posted November 19, 2014
By Cindy Mann, Deputy Administrator of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services and Director of the Centers for Medicaid and CHIP Services

Today’s Medicaid enrollment report shows even more great news: over 9.1 million additional people now have coverage through Medicaid and CHIP, many for the very first time. ....Continue Reading →


Carlos’ #GetCovered Story: Getting My Own Health Insurance For the First Time

Posted November 17, 2014
By Carlos Mesa, 24, Silver Spring, Maryland

The Marketplace was very easy to use. The people helping me sign up for health insurance were very helpful. ....Continue Reading →


The Marketplace is Open!

Posted November 15, 2014
By Sylvia Mathews Burwell, HHS Secretary

If you need health insurance, you can sign up for an affordable health plan that meets your needs and fits your budget at HealthCare.gov starting today. ....Continue Reading →


Kyle’s I’m Covered Story: Insurance Helps a Veteran Go Out on His Own

Posted November 10, 2014
By Kyle Evans, Texas

I’m proud of my service. The Affordable Care Act offers me the opportunity to go out and build a financial future and security for my family. ....Continue Reading →


HHS Takes a Look Back and Continues the Path Forward for Advancing LGBT Health & Well-Being

Posted November 6, 2014
By Matthew Heinz, MD, Director of Provider & LGBT Outreach

Over the past year, HHS has taken a number of important steps to continue to advance the equality, health, and well-being of LGBT individuals, families, and communities. ....Continue Reading →


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October


Anne’s I’m Covered Story: Insuring Against the What-Ifs


By Anne Ha, 27, Philadelphia, PA

I’m very glad I got covered, and I’m urging everyone I know who doesn’t have insurance to check out their options at HealthCare.gov. ....Continue Reading →


SHOP Early Access Available to Small Businesses in Five States


By Rhett Buttle, Director, Private Sector Engagement

The Federally-Facilitated Small Business Health Options Program (SHOP) Marketplace Early Access launches today in Delaware, Illinois, Missouri, New Jersey and Ohio. ....Continue Reading →


Investing in Health Care Delivery to Support the Next Generation of Clinical Transformation


By Darren DeWalt, MD, MPH, Director of the Learning and Diffusion Group, CMS Innovation Center and Paul McGann, MD, Co-Director of the Transforming Clinical Practice Initiative

Imagine a health care system that is seamless – one in which patients and health care professionals work together to develop plans that meet all of the patient’s health needs. ....Continue Reading →


Medicaid and CHIP Enrollment Grows by 8.7 Million Additional Americans


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

Today’s Medicaid enrollment report shows even more great news: approximately 8.7 million additional Americans now have coverage through Medicaid and CHIP. ....Continue Reading →


Empowering Women Through Affordable Health Coverage


By Judy Sarasohn, Public Affairs, Department of Health and Human Services

The Affordable Care Act is already working to help millions of women access affordable, quality health care. Open enrollment begins again on November 15.....Continue Reading →


National Health Service Corps strengthens primary care workforce


By Mary K. Wakefield, PhD, RN, Administrator, Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA)

Today, we celebrate the National Health Service Corps through Corps Community Day - which honors the work of our dedicated health care professionals. ....Continue Reading →


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September


From the Desk of the Secretary: The Affordable Care Act Is Working


By Sylvia Mathews Burwell, HHS Secretary

The evidence points to a clear conclusion. The Affordable Care Act is working – and families, businesses, and taxpayers are better off as a result. ....Continue Reading →


The Affordable Care Act Is Working


By Emily Dalton Niles, Public Affairs, Department of Health and Human Services

Earlier this week, Secretary Burwell delivered a special address on the Affordable Care Act at the Brookings Institution. ....Continue Reading →


Miesha’s “I’m Covered” Story: Moving Forward after Foster Care


By Judy Sarasohn, Public Affairs, Department of Health and Human Services

Young adults like Miesha are why the Affordable Care Act made sure kids aging out of the foster care system have health options similar to their peers. ....Continue Reading →


La historia de Jennifer Molina, Estoy cubierta: Tomando el control de mi salud


De Jennifer Molina
Charlotte, Carolina del Norte

Gracias a la Ley del Cuidado de Salud a Bajo Precio, pude elegir una cobertura perfecta para mí. Mi nuevo plan cuesta solamente $21 por mes, después de los créditos fiscales. ....Continue Reading →


Getting More Out of Every Dollar: Improving Health Delivery in America


By HHS Secretary Sylvia Mathews Burwell

Improving our health care delivery system is one of my top priorities here at the Department, and it has been since Day 1. ....Continue Reading →


Jennifer Molina’s I’m Covered Story: Taking Control of My Health


By Jennifer Molina
Charlotte, North Carolina

With the help of the navigator, I found it was a pretty easy process to get covered. I tell my friends: Just look into it. Don’t pass up this opportunity. ....Continue Reading →


A Job Change Doesn’t Have to Mean Losing Health Coverage


By Rhett Buttle, Director, Private Sector Engagement

Under the law, folks with special circumstances, like people who have lost job-based insurance, had or adopted a child, or who have aged off a parent’s insurance plan at 26, may qualify for a special enrollment period. ....Continue Reading →


New Health Coverage Options for American Indians and Alaska Natives


By Jace Killsback

The Marketplace is a huge benefit for Indian Country. I believe this opportunity for my people to have quality, affordable health insurance will give them not just a sense of pride, but also help them feel more connected to the community knowing that their health care needs are being met. ....Continue Reading →


SHOP Early Access in Five States Benefits Small Employers Nationwide


By Rhett Buttle, Director, Private Sector Engagement

Starting in late October, small employers, agents and brokers in Delaware, Illinois, New Jersey, Ohio, and Missouri, will be able to experience some of the key new online functions of the Federally-facilitated Small Business Health Options Program (SHOP), on HealthCare.gov. ....Continue Reading →

Shellie’s I’m Covered Story: Getting CHIP-Ready for School


By Judy Sarasohn, Public Affairs, Department of Health and Human Services

For Shellie Braggs and her kids, back-to-school planning started this past winter. That’s when she got her daughter and son health coverage through CHIP, the Children’s Health Insurance Program. ....Continue Reading →


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August


Born in ’88? You’ll Want to Read This


By Marlon Marshall, Special Assistant to the President and Principal Deputy Director of Public Engagement - The White House, and Jen Mishory, Executive Director - Young Invincibles

Being born in ’88 means that you may be aging off a parent’s insurance plan and have the option of new, low-cost health insurance. ....Continue Reading →


Celebrating America’s Health Centers


By Mary K. Wakefield, Ph.D., R.N., Administrator, Health Resources and Services Administration, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Every August, we celebrate National Health Center Week, recognizing the critical role health centers play in assuring access to high quality, affordable health care services for millions of people no matter where they live or what their income. ....Continue Reading


More than 7.2 Million Additional Americans Covered Under Medicaid and CHIP


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

Medicaid expansion continues to help an unprecedented number of Americans access health coverage for the very first time. ....Continue Reading


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July


HHS Awards $54.6 Million in Affordable Care Act Funds to Expand Mental Health Services


By Mary K. Wakefield, Ph.D., R.N., Administrator Health Resources and Services Administration, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

HHS announces $54.6 million in funding made available through the Affordable Care Act to help health centers expand mental health and substance abuse health care services for more than 450,000 people nationwide in 47 states and Puerto Rico. ....Continue Reading


Medicare and Medicaid Forty-nine Years and Stronger


By Judy Sarasohn, Public Affairs, Department of Health and Human Services

Today marks the 49th anniversary of the signing of Medicare and Medicaid into law. More than 52 million people are now covered by Medicare and more than 60 million people by Medicaid. ....Continue Reading


I'm Covered Stories: For this 26-er, Getting Insured Was a “No-Brainer”


By Judy Sarasohn, Public Affairs, Department of Health and Human Services

When she aged off her parent's plan on her 26th birthday, Amanda was able to find affordable, quality health insurance through the Health Insurance Marketplace. ....Continue Reading


Medicare Trustees Report Shows Significant Improvements for Seniors and Taxpayers


By Jeanne Lambrew, Deputy Assistant to the President for Health Policy and Tim Gronniger, Senior Policy Advisor for the Domestic Policy Council.

Today’s annual report from the Medicare program’s Boards of Trustees brings good news about the program’s financial future: Its Trust Fund will last four more years, to 2030, and projected Part B premiums for 2015 will not increase for the second year in a row. ....Continue Reading


I’m Covered Stories: “Being Covered Means Everything to Me”


By Judy Sarasohn, Public Affairs, Department of Health and Human Services

Yvonne was determined to get control of her health. During open enrollment in the Health Insurance Marketplace earlier this year, she found a silver plan that she liked and could afford. ....Continue Reading


I’m Covered Stories: A Just-in-Time Convert to Health Insurance


By Judy Sarasohn, Public Affairs, Department of Health and Human Services

Robert says it’s important for all Americans, including Latinos, to know they have the right to check out their options for affordable, quality coverage through the Marketplace. ....Continue Reading


Medicaid Enrollment Shows Continued Growth in May


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

Medicaid enrollment continues to increase all across the country, especially in those states that have expanded their Medicaid programs under the Affordable Care Act. ....Continue Reading


I’m Covered Stories: Getting the Facts Herself


By Judy Sarasohn, Public Affairs, Department of Health and Human Services

Ruth was skeptical of the Affordable Care Act. Then she got the facts and got covered. Her new health insurance has already saved her life. ....Continue Reading


I’m Covered Stories: And Baby Makes Three with a Special Enrollment


By Judy Sarasohn, Public Affairs, Department of Health and Human Services

Even though open enrollment doesn’t begin again until November, Stephanie and Justin will be able to get their baby covered when she arrives in September. ....Continue Reading


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June


I’m Covered Stories: A Healthy Respect for a ‘Complicated’ Family


By Judy Sarasohn, Public Affairs, Department of Health and Human Services

Daryn says her family with Celia is a “complicated” one. But those complications did not interfere with enrollment in an affordable, quality Marketplace plan. ....Continue Reading


I’m Covered Stories: A Persistent Dad Wins the Day


By Judy Sarasohn, Public Affairs, Department of Health and Human Services

This is the Father’s Day story of a dad whose nagging convinced his daughter to finally take control of her health. ....Continue Reading


The Power of Prevention


By Dr. Howard K. Koh, Assistant Secretary for Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

It’s never too late to get healthy. The week leading up to Father’s Day can help us focus on “the power of prevention.” This week, National Men’s Health Week, seeks to heighten awareness among providers, policymakers, the media, and men and their families about preventable health problems, early detection and treatment of disease. ....Continue Reading


My Father’s Story: Taking Control of Your Health


By George L. Askew, MD, Chief Medical Officer, Administration for Children and Families (ACF)

I strongly urge men, particularly African-American men and other men of color, to see their primary care doctor. Know your health status, especially your heart health status. It is not just a matter of how you “feel”. ....Continue Reading →


Men: Take Control of Your Health – Present and Future


By Bill Corr, Deputy Secretary of Health and Human Services

National Men’s Health Week, beginning June 9 and lasting through Father’s Day on June 15, is a good time for us to start doing what’s needed to get and stay healthy. ....Continue Reading →


Medicaid Enrollment Shows Continued Growth in April


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

Medicaid enrollment continues to increase all across the country, especially in those states that have expanded their Medicaid programs under the Affordable Care Act. ....Continue Reading →


Affordable Care Act Funds to Expand Services at the Nation's Community Health Centers


By Dr. Mary Wakefield, Ph.D, R.N.

The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) is announcing the availability of $300 million to help the nation’s community health centers continue to expand services to those in need. ....Continue Reading →


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May


The Health Insurance Marketplace Prepares for 2015 and Beyond


By Mandy Cohen, Director, Center for Consumer Information and Insurance Oversight

Today, we issued a final rule promoting affordability, transparency and taking the first step toward providing additional quality related tools for consumers shopping in the Health Insurance Marketplace. ....Continue Reading →


Outreach and Education Campaign Contributes to Enrollment Surge


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

Our outreach and education efforts during this first open enrollment period significantly raised awareness about the Marketplace and its benefits. ....Continue Reading →


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April


Enhancing Health Care Protections for LGBT Individuals


By Matthew Heinz, MD, Director of Provider & LGBT Outreach, and Juliet K. Choi, JD, Chief of Staff & Senior Advisor, Office for Civil Rights

HHS has in place a matrix of powerful protections to ensure that LGBT individuals have equal access to health care and freedom from discrimination. ....Continue Reading →


Medicaid Enrollment Grows By More Than 3 Million


By Kathleen Sebelius, Secretary of Health and Human Services

According to a new CMS report released today, 3 million additional individuals enrolled in Medicaid or CHIP through the end of February 2014 compared to enrollment before the Health Insurance Marketplace opened on October 1, 2013. ....Continue Reading →


7.1 Million Americans Have Enrolled in Private Health Coverage Under the Affordable Care Act


By Lindsay Holst, Director of Online Content for the Office of Digital Strategy, White House

The White House announced that more than 7 million Americans signed up for affordable care through the Health Insurance Marketplace during the Affordable Care Act's open enrollment, which ended on March 31. ....Continue Reading →


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March


Last Day to #GetCovered – Enroll Today!

Today is the last day for consumers to get 2014 coverage. Open enrollment in the Health Insurance Marketplace ends tonight, Monday, March 31.....Continue Reading →


¡Hoy es el último día para Inscribirse! #Asegurate

Hoy es el último día para que los consumidores puedan obtener cobertura para el 2014.....Continue Reading →


From $15,000 Chemo Treatments to $60: My #GetCovered Story


By Kendall Brown
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

You can imagine my relief when I logged onto HealthCare.gov and enrolled in a platinum plan. ....Continue Reading →


6 Million and Counting!


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

As this historic open enrollment period enters its final days, more than 6 million Americans have signed up for coverage through the Health Insurance Marketplaces since October 1, thanks to the Affordable Care Act. ....Continue Reading →


From the Heart: My #GetCovered Story


By Aqualyn Laury
Alexandria, VA

Being able to get health coverage through the Health Insurance Marketplace was a tremendous relief. ....Continue Reading →


Open Enrollment Ends March 31 – Just 5 Days Left to Apply


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

Open Enrollment for the Health Insurance Marketplace ends in only 5 days. There are just 5 days left for consumers to apply for and enroll in quality, affordable coverage. ....Continue Reading →


In Sickness and In Health: My #GetCovered Story


By Sarah Hecht
Chicago, Illinois

I decided to sign up for insurance through the Health Insurance Marketplace because I support the goal of expanding health coverage in this country. ....Continue Reading →


Doing the Work I Want to Do: My #GetCovered Story


By Fawziah Abdel Rahman Qadir
Clifton, N.J.

The Marketplace is really accessible and helpful; it gives you the tools to compare plans and find the one that suits your needs. ....Continue Reading →


7 Reactions to Getting Covered


By Nicholas Garlow, Public Affairs, Department of Health and Human Services

People from all across the country have been telling us their #GetCovered stories and what it means to them. Here’s how they describe what coverage means to them. ....Continue Reading →


Four Big Reasons to Celebrate the Affordable Care Act Turning Four


By Kathleen Sebelius, Secretary of Health and Human Services

March 23rd marks the fourth anniversary of the signing of the Affordable Care Act. Since its enactment, millions of Americans have benefited from the law. ....Continue Reading →


Getting In Tune For My Future: My #GetCovered Story


By Amelia Ciskey
Austin, Texas

After the Marketplace opened, I got some in-person help and then logged onto HealthCare.gov, where I found more options than I imagined would be available. ....Continue Reading →


Join us on March 24th for a "Tribal Day of Action" for Affordable Care Act Enrollment


By Raina Thiele, Associate Director in the White House Office of Intergovernmental Affairs

March 24th is the National Tribal Day of Action on Affordable Care Act enrollment - a perfect opportunity for Indian Country to rally with community partners in health to organize an Affordable Care Act enrollment event. ....Continue Reading →


Good Health Now Runs In the Family: My #GetCovered Story


By Andrea Jahen
Austin, Texas

Andrea found a Silver plan at a reduced premium for only $32 a month that she could afford while going to college and working at the restaurant. ....Continue Reading →


Marketplace Momentum Gathering Across the Country


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

As this historic open enrollment period for the Health Insurance Marketplace enters its final days, we’ve seen the momentum gathering across the county. ....Continue Reading →


I’m no Superman: My #GetCovered Story


By Ernesto Gonzalez
El Paso, Texas

I logged onto HealthCare.gov, checked out my options, and enrolled in a health plan for my wife and me. The coverage is very affordable and fits our needs. ....Continue Reading →


Don’t Let a Sports Injury Keep You Out Of The Game, Get Covered Today


By Kathleen Sebelius, Secretary of Health and Human Services

We are launching an effort to reach college basketball fans young and old during March Madness – to remind them of the importance of having quality, affordable insurance. ....Continue Reading →


I Stopped Gambling With My Life: My #GetCovered Story


By Omar Chavez

Thanks to the Affordable Care Act, I have the peace of mind and security that comes with quality health insurance. ....Continue Reading →


Marketplace Enrollment Hits 5 Million Milestone


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

As this historic open enrollment period enters its final weeks, millions of Americans are finding quality, affordable coverage thanks to the Affordable Care Act. ....Continue Reading →


Protecting My Health For My Son: My #GetCovered Story


By Shelley Davis

Thanks to the new health law and the Health Insurance Marketplace, I got enrolled in a health plan with a reduced premium of only $147 a month and a deductible of $100. ....Continue Reading →


Making Health Care Coverage More Accessible and Equitable For Same-Sex Couples


By Matthew Heinz, MD, Director of Provider & LGBT Outreach

Today, the Department of Health and Human Services took one more step toward making health care coverage more accessible and equitable for married same-sex couples. ....Continue Reading →


Losing the Stress And Uncertainty: My #GetCovered Story


By Kathryn Robison

I logged onto HealthCare.gov and enrolled in a Gold plan. I was eligible for reduced costs, so my premium is less than $52 a month, with a $500 deductible. ....Continue Reading →


HealthCare.gov Answered My Prayers


By Maly Xiong

I went to HealthCare.gov and located the Health Insurance Marketplace program for my state, Minnesota. I was impressed that the application process was so easy and fast – I was approved right away. ....Continue Reading →


I Don’t Have to Worry Anymore: My Affordable, #GetCovered Story


By Angele Bravo

I went on HealthCare.gov and learned that I qualified for a lower premium. I was able to enroll in a Silver health plan and a dental plan for a total of less than $18 a month. ....Continue Reading →


20 Days to Go to Sign Up Through HealthCare.gov


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

Today, we announced that enrollment in the Marketplace continued to rise in February to a five-month total of 4.2 million. ....Continue Reading →


Getting Covered Means I Get to Focus on What Matters: My Kids


By Shellie Braggs

All I had to do was log onto HealthCare.gov and explore my options. I selected a Silver plan – in no more than 15 minutes! ....Continue Reading →


Taking Care of My Health is No Act


By Rachel Brown

For me, getting covered through the Health Insurance Marketplace at HealthCare.gov was quick and easy. ....Continue Reading →


Thank Goodness for Pushy Dads: My #GetCovered Story


By LaNika Wise

I logged onto Healthcare.gov and enrolled in a Silver plan that includes dental. And since I qualify for a reduced premium, the plan costs less than $100 a month. ....Continue Reading →


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February


8.9 Million Determinations for Medicaid and CHIP Eligibility between October and January

Between October and January, more than 8.9 million individuals were determined eligible for Medicaid or CHIP through state agencies and through state-based Marketplaces. ....Continue Reading →


Crime Doesn't Pay

Over these past three years, every dollar we’ve invested to fight fraud and abuse has returned $8.10 to the American taxpayer. ....Continue Reading →


The Most Important Thing That I Do: Amy’s #GetCovered Story

Thanks to the Affordable Care Act, Amy was able to find a plan that fit her needs and her budget. ....Continue Reading →


Another Significant Milestone: Marketplace Enrollment Hits 4 Million

The most recent data indicates that approximately 4 million people have now enrolled in a private health insurance plan through the Federal and State-based Marketplaces since October 1. ....Continue Reading →


Starting the Conversation, Brother2Brother

For some men, young or old, it takes a health crisis to realize they are not invincible. Nearly 23 million men are uninsured today who could get coverage on the Health Insurance Marketplace. ....Continue Reading →


You’re Not Invincible: 6 Reasons You Should #GetCovered

I’m young. I’m healthy. But, I’m not invincible. And neither are you. Accidents can happen to all of us. When they do, health insurance has you covered. Here are six reasons why you should get covered. ....Continue Reading →


Nobody Is Invincible, Least of all Me: My #GetCovered Story

The irony wasn’t lost on me. Here I was, a law student working with the Health, Law and Policy clinic at Florida International University, helping indigent families who have had their lives derailed due to the lack of health insurance, and I didn’t have insurance myself. ....Continue Reading →


On the Road: Helping Friends and Neighbors Get Covered

Secretary Sebelius traveled to Florida and Texas this past weekend to talk to people who are answering the President’s call to help friends and neighbors get covered. ....Continue Reading →


Finally, Some Peace of Mind: My #GetCovered Story


By Betsy Furler

Recently, I was able to enroll my family – my entire family – in quality health coverage through the Health Insurance Marketplace on HealthCare.gov. ....Continue Reading →


My Family’s American Dream and Health Coverage: My #GetCovered Story


By Ali Kurnaz

At my age, it’s easy to think you’re invincible, but you never know what could happen. So when the Health Insurance Marketplace opened for enrollment, I logged onto HealthCare.gov and chose a Platinum plan for myself. ....Continue Reading →


Not Worrying About the What-Ifs: My #GetCovered Story


By Stacy Sylvain

I checked out my options on the Health Insurance Marketplace at HealthCare.gov. I learned that I would be eligible for a lowered premium and enrolled in a gold plan that fits my budget. ....Continue Reading →


Behind the Numbers: Your #GetCovered Stories


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

Through the end of January nearly 3.3 million people signed up to get covered for private insurance through the Health Insurance Marketplace. Behind today’s numbers are the stories from Americans across the country that are enrolling in new affordable health coverage. ....Continue Reading →


Making It Possible For Me to Chase My Dream: My #GetCovered Story


By Stefania Fochi

Having health insurance is going to help me achieve my goals of creating an empanada empire because I will have the peace of mind knowing that I don’t have to spend any time worrying about what if something happens to me. ....Continue Reading →


Getting Covered in the Big Easy Has Never Been Easier

New Orleans is always a great place to visit, and Secretary Kathleen Sebelius had a terrific event there Friday afternoon. ....Continue Reading →


Getting Covered Despite Cancer: Lynn’s #Get Covered Story


By Judy Sarasohn, Public Affairs, Department of Health and Human Services

A Kansas City entrepreneur and single mom of four boys, Lynn Gardner Hinkle is getting covered with financial assistance through the Marketplace. Her coverage becomes effective March 1. ....Continue Reading →


The Health Insurance Marketplace: Giving Moms Peace of Mind


By Dr. Nancy C. Lee, Director, Office on Women’s Health

As the director of the Office on Women’s Health and as a mom, I know that the Marketplace is a powerful tool that will have an impact on millions of Americans, including my son. It can help your son or daughter, too. ....Continue Reading →


Hiring Veterans to Enroll their Uninsured Neighbors: On the Road in Jersey City

We had a terrific event in Jersey City, where Secretary Sebelius met a Navy veteran who’s helping residents enroll in affordable quality health coverage through the Health Insurance Marketplace. ....Continue Reading →


Celebrating Five Years – Achievements of the Children’s Health Insurance Program Reauthorization Act of 2009 (CHIPRA)


By Kathleen Sebelius, Secretary of Health and Human Services

As we reach the 5-year anniversary of this significant legislation, we take stock of what the Children’s Health Insurance Reauthorization Act of 2009 (CHIPRA) envisioned – and celebrate all that has been accomplished. ....Continue Reading →


“No Matter What Happens,” Justin’s Covered For Just $15 a Month


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

When Justin logged on to www.HealthCare.gov for the first time, he was looking to purchase health insurance for the first time as an adult. ....Continue Reading →


In Cleveland, Getting Covered in Three Digits: 2-1-1

We just had a great event today at the Cleveland Public Library, where help getting covered is only a three-digit phone call away: 2-1-1. ....Continue Reading →


A New Day for Missouri: On the Road in Kansas City

Secretary Kathleen Sebelius was in Kansas City, MO., today to help uninsured residents learn about their options for affordable quality health insurance and get covered through the Health Insurance Marketplace. ....Continue Reading →


Trying to Cover Tuition, Family Basics, and Health: Nathaniel’s #GetCovered Story


By Judy Sarasohn, Public Affairs, Department of Health and Human Services

Because of the Affordable Care Act, Nathaniel and his wife found less expensive options for quality health coverage through the Health Insurance Marketplace. ....Continue Reading →


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January


A New Day for Texas: On the Road in Dallas

Secretary Kathleen Sebelius was in Dallas today to help Dallas-Ft. Worth residents learn about their options for affordable quality health insurance and get covered through the Health Insurance Marketplace. ....Continue Reading →


A New Day for Missouri: On the Road in St. Louis

Secretary Kathleen Sebelius was in Missouri today to help St. Louis residents learn about their options for affordable quality health insurance and get covered through the Health Insurance Marketplace. ....Continue Reading →


Putting His Entrepreneurial Skills to Work: Chris’ #GetCovered Story


By Judy Sarasohn, Public Affairs, Department of Health and Human Services

Chris joined the approximately 3 million Americans who have enrolled so far in private coverage through the Health Insurance Marketplace. ....Continue Reading →


A New Day for Florida: On the Road in Jacksonville

Secretary Kathleen Sebelius was in Florida today to help Floridians learn about their options and get covered through the Health Insurance Marketplace. ....Continue Reading →


Milestone: 3 Million in Marketplaces


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

The most recent data indicate that more than 3.0 million people have now enrolled in a private health insurance plan through the Federal and State-based Marketplaces since October 1. ....Continue Reading →


Hunting, Fishing, Welding, and Health Care: James’ #GetCovered Story


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

For James, a 29 year old in Pensacola, FL, a normal week involves hunting, welding, fishing, and before January 1st, worrying about his lack of health insurance. ....Continue Reading →


Medicaid and CHIP Eligibility Determinations Rise in December

Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) eligibility determinations grew throughout the end of 2013, especially in states that have chosen to expand coverage to more of their residents, according to a new CMS report released today. ....Continue Reading →


Focusing on Her Passion: Misty's #GetCovered Story


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

For Misty, affordable health coverage is giving her the freedom to follow her dreams. ....Continue Reading →


LaNika from Michigan


By Kathleen Sebelius, Secretary, Health and Human Services

Greetings from the Great State of Michigan. I just had a wonderful visit with Mayor Mike Duggan here in Detroit who told me about his plans to re-energize the push to get uninsured Detroiters covered through the Health Insurance Marketplace. ....Continue Reading →


Insurance That's High Quality and Affordable? Now That's a Slam Dunk


By Magic Johnson

As an athlete, I understood the value of my health insurance. I knew that in my profession, injuries were common and could happen at any time. ....Continue Reading →


Getting Covered in the Sunshine State


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

I always love coming to Tampa and to Florida, and the reason really isn’t for the sunshine and oranges (although both are great!), but the people. ....Continue Reading →


The Enrollment Story Behind the Numbers


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

Today, we released an update on the enrollment numbers, but the real story today is of those who are enjoying the peace of mind of health coverage—many for the first time.....Continue Reading →


Strengthening Access to Community Living for People with Disabilities and Older Adults


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

Every person should have a chance to live, work, and thrive as a part of their local community. ....Continue Reading →

More Than 2.8 Million Reasons For Hope


By Health & Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius and Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz

Together with the hope and hearts of survivors in every part of our country, we have more than 2.8 million reasons for hope in the fight against breast cancer. ....Continue Reading →


For Korby, Music and Health Insurance Go Hand in Hand


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

Spurred by a friend, Korby visited HealthCare.gov, and says he was “surprised and grateful” to see that he had affordable options. ....Continue Reading →


Noelle’s Story: How HealthCare.gov Helps Her Pursue Her Soccer Passion


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

Noelle plans to take advantage of her new coverage right away—by visiting a doctor in early January and getting the procedure that will alleviate the symptoms of her condition. ....Continue Reading →


Enrolling through HealthCare.gov: “The right thing to do”


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

For Albert Davis, a Houston, Texas, resident, January 1st was special—it was the first day in his life he’d had health insurance, despite working to make his own community healthier. ....Continue Reading →

 

Archived 2014 Blog Posts Related to HealthCare.gov from HHS.gov/DigitalStrategy

Content last reviewed on November 26, 2014