Statement from HHS Secretary Xavier Becerra on National Hispanic Heritage Month
Today, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Xavier Becerra issued the following statement to mark the beginning of National Hispanic Heritage Month:
“Every Hispanic Heritage Month, I am reminded of the profound ways America has shaped my life. Reflecting on my parents' journey from Mexico to the United States, I continue to be deeply touched by their tenacity. They embraced this land's principles wholeheartedly, worked tirelessly, sought no favors, abided by its rules, and nurtured their four children with opportunities they never had. Thanks to them, as Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, I now have the chance to give back knowing that countless families, like mine, are hopeful for a brighter future for their children. This is what Hispanic Heritage Month means to me.
Like my parents, there are millions of Hispanics across the country who also seek no favors. They work tirelessly and tenaciously, abide by this nation’s rules, and they nurture their children with opportunities that they themselves could only dream of. Our mission at HHS is to help make those dreams a reality by extending access to good health and wellbeing.
So it is with great pride that this Hispanic Heritage Month I can say that thanks to President Biden, Hispanics purchasing Marketplace coverage are paying less in premiums. Hispanics with Medicare are benefiting from the $35 cap on insulin and saving on free, recommended vaccines. And the Hispanic community now has more resources at their disposal to receive mental health support.
Durante este Mes de la Herencia Hispana trabajamos para ayudarnos unos a otros. Asegurándonos que todos sean parte de nuestro viaje colectivo hacia un mejor mañana.
This and every Hispanic Heritage Month lets work so that everyone is part of our collective journey towards a brighter tomorrow.”