October 5, 2012
Statement from HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius on National Physician Assistant Week
I am pleased to recognize October 6 through 12 as National Physician Assistants Week and to acknowledge the important role PAs play in our nation’s health care system.
October 4, 2012
Medicare Fraud Strike Force Charges 91 Individuals for Approximately $430 Million in False Billing
Medicare Fraud Strike Force operations in seven cities have led to charges against 91 individuals – including doctors, nurses and other licensed medical professionals – for their alleged participation in Medicare fraud schemes involving approximately $429.2 million in false billing, Attorney General Eric Holder and Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius announced today.
October 4, 2012
HHS announces awards for organ donation and transplantation
Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) officials today presented awards to 404 hospitals, 38 organ procurement organizations (OPOs), and 174 transplant programs for their success in increasing the number of organs available and transplanted.
October 1, 2012
Statement from HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius on Breast Cancer Awareness Month
In October, during National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, we remember those who have lost their lives to breast cancer, and those who are battling it now, by recommitting ourselves to their fight and spreading the word of the importance of prevention and early detection.
September 27, 2012
HHS continues to support state efforts to build Affordable Insurance Exchanges
Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius today awarded a new round of Affordable Insurance Exchange Establishment Grants to Arkansas, Colorado, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Minnesota, and the District of Columbia. These awards will give states the flexibility and resources needed to create new health insurance marketplaces, known as Exchanges, for their residents.
September 27, 2012
Affordable Care Act funds to enhance quality of care at community health centers
Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius today announced new grants that will improve the quality of care at community health centers and ensure more women are screened for cervical cancer. The grants will help 810 community health centers become patient-centered medical homes (PCMHs) and increase their rates of cervical cancer screening.
September 25, 2012
Health care law increases number of mental and behavioral health providers
Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius today announced a new program, made possible by the Affordable Care Act, which will boost the number of social workers and psychologists who work with Americans in rural areas, military personnel, veterans, and their families.
September 24, 2012
Health care law ensures consumers get clear, consistent information about health coverage
Because of the health care law, millions of Americans will have access to standardized, easy-to-understand information about health plan benefits and coverage. Insurance companies and employers are now required to provide consumers in the private health insurance market with a brief summary of what a health insurance policy or employer plan covers, called a Summary of Benefits and Coverage (SBC).
September 21, 2012
Through the Affordable Care Act, Americans with Medicare will save $5,000 through 2022
Because of the health care law – the Affordable Care Act – the average person with traditional Medicare will save $5,000 from 2010 to 2022, according to a report today from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
September 19, 2012
Medicare Advantage remains strong
Enrollment in the Medicare Advantage (MA) program is projected to increase by 11 percent in the next year and premiums will remain steady, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius announced today. Since the Affordable Care Act was passed in 2010, Medicare Advantage premiums have fallen by 10 percent and enrollment has risen by 28 percent.