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Progress Towards Better Healthcare for American Indians and Alaska Natives

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As I prepare to leave HHS, I’m reflecting on the tremendous gains we’ve made for the healthcare of American Indians and Alaska Natives. I joined the Indian Health Service (IHS) knowing that there was much work to do and there were no quick fixes available. Tribes wanted the federal government to uphold the responsibility for…

Statement by HHS Secretary Sylvia M. Burwell on the Affordable Care Act

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Today’s Supreme Court decision confirms that the Affordable Care Act’s tax credits are available to all eligible Americans no matter where they live. Americans in all 50 states and the District of Columbia can continue to rely on the security and peace of mind that come with affordable, quality health care coverage. Over six million…

Celebrating LGBT Pride Month

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Danny Garvin was a twenty-year-old living in New York City when he saw something happening at the Stonewall Inn. Over the next six days, he would be drawn into the riots that would inspire a generation of Americans to mobilize for equal rights for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals. He later described those June…

New Issue Brief on ACA and People Living with HIV from Kaiser Family Foundation

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The Kaiser Family Foundation has released a new issue brief, The ACA and People Living with HIV: Profiles from the Field. Featuring in-depth profiles of 12 people living with HIV, the document highlights how the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) coverage expansions impacted their access to coverage and care. According to the Issue Brief’s authors, while some…

New Tool Available to Fight Insurance Discrimination Against Persons Living with HIV Infection

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Discrimination against persons living with HIV (PLWH) can take many forms in health care. Issues that have been raised include health insurers’ charging higher premiums for those with pre-existing conditions and their use of structured prescription drug benefits that limit access to HIV medical care and antiretroviral medications. Recently, the Harvard University Law School’s Center…

Invest In Your “Healthy Self” (and Post a #HealthySelfie While You’re At It)

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Today, the Obama administration is launching the “Healthy Self” campaign to encourage healthy lifestyles and connect people to the coverage and care they need. But first let us tell you about Alicia. A wife and mother of two from Houston, Alicia knows how important her health is, not only for her, but for the people…

Raise. Your. Voice.

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Did you know that more than 43 million adults in our country struggled with mental illness in the past year? Half  of us will meet the criteria for a diagnosable mental health condition at some point in our lives; one quarter by the age of 14. And more than 20 million [PDF 932 KB] adults have an alcohol or drug…

CMS Seeks Input on Proposed Out-of-Pocket Comparison Tool

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is developing an Out-of-Pocket (OOP) Cost Comparison Tool to help consumers make more informed choices about their health insurance coverage and help them pick a plan that will best meet their needs. The proposed tool will allow shoppers in the Federally-facilitated Marketplaces (FFMs) to see estimates of…