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The mission of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is to help provide the building blocks that Americans need to live healthy, successful lives.  We fulfill that mission every day by providing millions of children, families, and seniors with access to high-quality health care, helping people to find jobs and parents to find affordable child care, helping people with disabilities and seniors get the support they need to live in their communities, keeping the food on Americans’ shelves safe, preventing chronic and infectious diseases, and pushing the boundaries of how we diagnose and treat disease. 

A critical priority for the Department is implementation of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and the Health Care Reconciliation Act, collectively referred to as the Affordable Care Act.  The Affordable Care Act puts in place strong consumer protections, makes health insurance more affordable, provides new options for coverage, invests in the health care workforce, and strengthens Medicare. Components of the Affordable Care Act are visible throughout these Strategic Initiatives.

To protect and promote the health and well-being of the U.S., we must always keep an eye on the future – to prepare for the next public health emergency, pursue the next lifesaving cure, and support the development of the next generation of Americans.  But we also must look more closely at existing programs and services and ask:  What needs to be changed?  How can we serve Americans better?  What can be done more efficiently, faster and more transparently?

These priorities reflect both considerations – a clear-eyed view of the investments we need to meet the challenges and opportunities of this decade, and a tough-minded assessment about how we can reform and refocus existing programs to make an even bigger difference in Americans’ lives.

Together, they form a vision for how HHS can contribute to an even stronger, healthier, and more prosperous America in the years to come.