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The Next Step – Making the Most of Your Coverage

Headshot of Dr. Cara James, Director of the Office of Minority Health at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services

Millions of Americans are gaining health coverage every year. Between 2013 and 2014, African Americans and Latinos saw the largest declines in uninsured rates[1]. During the 2016 open enrollment period, over 2.2 million individuals of color selected plans through the Marketplace[2]. Getting coverage is a big accomplishment, but it is just the first step. Regardless…

Presidential Proclamation — National Hepatitis Testing Day, 2016

White House logo - April 2016

NATIONAL HEPATITIS TESTING DAY, 2016 BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA A PROCLAMATION In the United States, hepatitis A, B, and C are the most common types of viral hepatitis — affecting between 3.5 and 6.9 million people and claiming the lives of thousands of our fellow Americans each year. Because of…

Statement by Secretary Burwell on the National Health Interview Survey

Sylvia Mathews Burwell - cropped May 19

Today’s report [PDF 664 KB] is further proof that our country has made undeniable and historic strides thanks to the Affordable Care Act. The uninsured rate fell to 9.1 percent in 2015, making it the first year in our nation’s history that fewer than 1 in 10 Americans lacked health insurance, and the report documents the…

HHS finalizes rule to improve health equity under the Affordable Care Act

HHS logo - resized for WP - March 2016

Final rule prohibits discrimination based on race, color, national origin, sex, age or disability; enhances language assistance for individuals with limited English proficiency; and protects individuals with disabilities The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) today issued a final rule to advance health equity and reduce health care disparities. Under the rule, individuals are…

New Issue Brief from Kaiser Family Foundation Examines Impact of ACA on People Living with HIV

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The Kaiser Family Foundation has released a new issue brief, The ACA and People Living with HIV: An Update [PDF 603 KB]. The brief takes a second look at the impact of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) on people with HIV in five states—California, Florida, Georgia, New York, and Texas. Observations are drawn from interviews…

HHS Awards over $260 Million to Health Centers Nationwide to Build and Renovate Facilities to Serve More Patients

HHS logo - resized for WP - March 2016

Today, HHS Secretary Sylvia M. Burwell announced over $260 million in funding to 290 health centers in 45 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico for facility renovation, expansion, or construction. Health centers will use this funding to increase their patient capacity and to provide additional comprehensive primary and preventive health services to medically…

Tools to Help Consumers Understand How to Use Their New Health Care Coverage

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Health insurance can be a bit confusing at first for individuals who are new to health care coverage. However, there are many excellent resources to help consumers understand how to make the most of it. From Coverage to Care (C2C) is an initiative developed by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services to help consumers…

Online Learning Opportunities: Webinars Highlight ACA and Those at Risk for and Living with HIV

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The Affordable Care Act (ACA) has brought access to quality, affordable health care for millions of Americans. Now is a great time to learn more about how the law affects those at risk for and living with HIV, and how to engage and enroll individuals in the health care coverage they need—or use the new…