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HHS announces the availability of $100 million in Affordable Care Act funding to expand access to primary care through new community health centers

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HHS Secretary Sylvia Mathews Burwell announced today the availability of $100 million from the Affordable Care Act to support an estimated 150 new health center sites across the country in 2015. New health center sites will increase access to comprehensive, affordable, high quality primary health care services in the communities that need it most. Later…

HHS awards $83.4 million to train new primary care providers

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Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Sylvia Mathews Burwell today announced $83.4 million in Affordable Care Act funding to support primary care residency programs in 60 Teaching Health Centers across the nation. The funding will help train more than 550 residents during the 2014-2015 academic year, increasing the number of residents trained in the previous…

HHS announces auto-enrollment plans for current Marketplace consumers for 2015

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Today, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) expects to announce its plans for helping existing Marketplace consumers get auto-enrolled for next year. These plans would give existing consumers a simple way to remain in the same plan next year unless they want to shop for another plan and choose to make changes. “As…

Observing National HIV Testing Day

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A statement by Assistant Secretary for Health Howard K. Koh, MD, MPH Today, as we recognize National HIV Testing Day (NHTD), it is important to note that nearly 1 in 6 Americans who have HIV do not know they are infected. If you are between the ages of 13-64, or are pregnant, the Centers for…

2014 National Men’s Health Week and Father’s Day

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Editor’s Note: National Men’s Health Week is important to everyone in the HIV community. We encourage our readers to learn more about this observance. A statement by Deputy Secretary Bill Corr National Men’s Health Week, June 9-15, which concludes with Father’s Day, is a good time to focus on how men can take control of…

HHS Secretary Sebelius statement observing LGBT Pride Month

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At the Department of Health and Human Services, we are committed to ensuring that members of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) community have access to quality, affordable health care and enjoy the same rights and protections that all Americans expect and deserve. This year, as we celebrate LGBT Pride Month, we take a…

Enrollment in the Health Insurance Marketplace totals over 8 million people

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More than 4.8 million additional Medicaid/CHIP enrollments Enrollment in the Health Insurance Marketplace surged to eight million at the end of the first enrollment period, HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius announced today. The final enrollment reporting period spans from October 1, 2013, to March 31, 2014, and includes “in line” and other enrollment activity (such as…

HHS announces important Medicare information for people in same-sex marriages

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Today, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced that the Social Security Administration (SSA) is now able to process requests for Medicare Part A and Part B Special Enrollment Periods, and reductions in Part B and premium Part A late enrollment penalties for certain eligible people in same-sex marriages. This is another step…