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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…

Statement by Secretary Kathleen Sebelius on African American History Month

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Today, we celebrate the beginning of African American History Month, a time for all Americans to recognize the countless contributions African Americans have made to our nation, including major advances in scientific research and public health. During African American History Month, we draw inspiration from the courage of trailblazers like Dr. Rebecca Lee Crumpler, the…

Six out of Ten Uninsured African Americans May Be Eligible for Medicaid, CHIP or Tax Credits in the Health Insurance Marketplace

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Editor’s Note: People living with HIV need quality, affordable health coverage to help them stay healthy and live longer. Yet, nearly 30% of people living with HIV currently have no health insurance. Many of these individuals are African Americans, who are disproportionately impacted by the HIV epidemic. As this new HHS report notes: 95% of uninsured African…

Health centers to help uninsured Americans gain affordable health insurance coverage

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$58 million to provide expanded enrollment assistance Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius today announced $58 million in grants to 1,157 health centers across the nation currently working to enroll uninsured Americans in new health insurance coverage options made available by the Affordable Care Act. With these funds, health centers can expand their…

Secretary Sebelius’ Statement for World AIDS Day 2013

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When the World Health Organization established the first World AIDS Day on December 1, 1988, treatment options for people living with HIV were practically nonexistent, and AIDS was almost invariably fatal. Hope was in short supply, and there seemed to be little reason for optimism. I am grateful that the world is a very different…

Administration issues final mental health and substance use disorder parity rule

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Editor’s Note: The National HIV/AIDS Strategy calls for increased support for people living with HIV/AIDS who have co-occurring conditions such as mental illness and drug or alcohol addiction, as part of a concerted national effort to get and keep people living with HIV into care. This final mental health and substance use disorder parity rule,…

HHS awards Affordable Care Act funds to expand access to care

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Funding supports new primary care sites in 236 communities to serve more than 1.25 million additional patients The U.S. Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius today announced $150 million in awards under the Affordable Care Act to support 236 new health center sites across the country. These investments will help care for approximately…

World Hepatitis Day Statement

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News Release FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE July 26, 2013 Contact: HHS Press Office (202) 690-6343 World Hepatitis Day Statement by HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius and HHS Assistant Secretary for Health Dr. Howard Koh   On World Hepatitis Day, we reaffirm our commitment to combating the “silent epidemic” of viral hepatitis. Globally, one in 12 people has…

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