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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…

The Content Corner: Four Ways to Help Your Content Stand Out

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Editor’s Note: As more organizations use digital tools to reach their audiences, it’s vital to create engaging content that stands out. Recently we’ve experimented with Twitter polls, listicles, sharing infographics that explain data and, gifs . Today we share DigitalGov’s tips from January 2016, that we have often referred others to this year. We hope it will…

HRSA Funding Opportunity to Support Leadership Training for People Living with HIV

Antigone Dempsey Headshot 2 - cropped May 2016

Hodgins thinks that one young voice is not enough. “Testing empowered me,” she says. “It can empower other young people [living with HIV]…we need to get together so our voices can be heard.” —Antigone Hodgins Dempsey, Your daughter’s voice , Mother Jones Nov/Dec 1993 The quote above was from an interview that I did at…

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…

At the Forefront of Public Health: The Cherokee Nation’s Hepatitis C Elimination Program and the Indian Health Service’s Hepatitis C Testing Program

Hepatitis Testing Day - May 19 2015

May is Hepatitis Awareness Month, which brings needed attention to two leading causes of liver disease and liver cancer: hepatitis B and hepatitis C. In the United States, American Indians and Alaska Natives (AI/AN) have the highest incidence of hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection and the highest incidence of HCV-associated deaths among all racial/ethnic populations….

Introducing New HHS Viral Hepatitis Site

Viral Hepatitis Website

Today we are pleased to launch a new HHS viral hepatitis website that will support our work across federal agencies and with partners across the nation to fight viral hepatitis.  This is an important step in our efforts to raise greater awareness about viral hepatitis prevention, testing, care and – in the case of hepatitis…

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

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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…