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Acting HHS Assistant Secretary for Health: Statement on National Minority Health Month

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Contact: OASH Press Office 202-205-0143 ashmedia@hhs.gov This April, as a nation we commemorate National Minority Health Month with a focus on how we are working to accelerate health equity for the nation. During National Minority Health Month 2016, we will mark the 30th anniversary of the HHS Office of Minority Health to highlight Administration and HHS…

Saving Lives and Improving Health Care through Innovation in Organ Donations and Transplants

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There are currently more than 120,000 people on the waiting list for an organ in the United States. Twenty-two people a day die waiting. But today, we’re taking one step forward to change that. In honor of National Donate Life Month, the President issued a Proclamation that solidifies his Administration’s commitment to shortening the organ waiting list,…

4 essentials for managing your health insurance plan

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If you’re enrolled in a 2016 health insurance plan, here’s what you need to know to about getting the full benefit of your health coverage and keeping it up to date. 4 health insurance tips to use all year Pay your first month’s premium to your plan if you haven’t already. You must pay it…

“How do you measure the life of a woman or a man?”

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That lyric from the Broadway musical Rent played over again and again in my head as I sat down to write this blog about the work that my friend Douglas Brooks has done at The White House. Our accomplishments in life are measured and weighed in many different ways. Douglas’ life story is still being…

The White House – Presidential Proclamation: National Public Health Week, 2016

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National Public Health Week, 2016 By the President of the United States of America A Proclamation During National Public Health Week, we join together to enhance public health ‑‑ the foundation of our security and well-being ‑‑ here at home and around the world. By supporting health professionals and embracing our obligations to promote public health and…

Next Open Enrollment Period

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Open Enrollment for 2016 health coverage through the Health Insurance Marketplace ended January 31, 2016. If you didn’t enroll by then, you can enroll in a health insurance plan for 2016 only if you qualify for a Special Enrollment Period or for Medicaid or CHIP. (See if you can get or change 2016 health coverage.)…

LGBT Health Awareness Week – Addressing LGBT Health Disparities Across the Board

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When President Obama, joined by leaders throughout his Administration and in Congress, fought to pass the Affordable Care Act, he did it for one overwhelming reason: to ensure that every American has access to quality, affordable health care. He did it knowing that there were – and continue to be – groups facing significant health…

Delivery System Reform: Making Health Care Work Better for Everyone

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Summary: The Affordable Care Act gives us the tools to build a health care system that puts patients at the center. In the six years since President Obama signed the Affordable Care Act, we’ve made important progress to bring more access to quality, affordable health care. Today, 20 million more Americans have insurance because of…