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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…

Join Us for the White House Hepatitis Testing Day Event

Hepatitis Testing Day - May 19 2015

Tomorrow, the White House will recognize National Hepatitis Testing Day for the first time. The full event will be livestreamed at www.WhiteHouse.gov/LIVE starting at 10:00 a.m. EDT. This action-packed event will feature Director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy Michael Botticelli, Acting Assistant Secretary for Health Karen DeSalvo, presentation of HHS awards of…

New! HHS Viral Hepatitis Twitter Handle

Hepatitis Awareness Month logo - cropped May 18 2016

May is Hepatitis Awareness Month. To coincide with May 19th’s Hepatitis Testing Day observance, the Office of HIV/AIDS and Infectious Disease Policy (OHAIDP) at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has launched a new Twitter account: @HHS_ViralHep . The new Twitter handle will extend OHAIDP’s efforts to share federal hepatitis resources, build upon…

Secretary’s Minority AIDS Initiative Fund Supports SAMHSA Effort to Enhance Syringe Services Partnerships

Tim Harrison - cropped May 2016

The Secretary’s Minority AIDS Initiative Fund (SMAIF) supports efforts to prevent new HIV infections and reduce drop-offs along the HIV care continuum for racial and ethnic minorities who bear a disproportionate burden of HIV disease. With SMAIF resources, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) recently announced the availability of supplemental funding to…

With new data, states can better focus HIV prevention for gay, bisexual, and other men who have sex with men

CDC HIV prevention in the south - cropped May 2016

As CDC reported [PDF 2.3 MB] in December, our nation is making substantial but uneven progress on HIV prevention for gay, bisexual, and other men who have sex with men (MSM). Over the past decade, new HIV diagnoses declined significantly among white MSM, but increased among Latino MSM. Among black MSM, the sharp increases we…

Making government information more accessible

WCAG - Accessibility - cropped May 2016

The federal government relies on technology to carry out its business and deliver information to citizens – and that means ALL citizens, including more than 13 million in the United States who have at least one disability. Nearly every federal employee plays a role in supporting accessibility. For more than 15 years, the Section 508…

Join the White House 2016 National Hepatitis Testing Day Event via Live Webcast on May 19

Hepatitis Testing Day - May 19 2015

Next Thursday May 19th, the White House will host a National Hepatitis Testing Day observance, and you can watch the event live. It will be webcast live at www.WhiteHouse.gov/LIVE from 10:00–12:30 p.m. EDT. The event underscores the administration’s commitment to advancing the fight against viral hepatitis infections in the United States. It is co-hosted by…