Obamacare and LGBT Health, Kathleen Sebelius (VIDEO)

Throughout the administration, we operate on the fundamental belief that every American deserves equal opportunity, equal protection, and equal rights under the law. That’s why the Affordable Care Act is so important for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) Americans. The health care law prevents health insurance companies from charging anyone a higher premium just because they happen to be lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender. It also prevents insurers from raising rates or … [Read more...]

Sebelius Approves Plans for Data Collection for HHS HIV Grantees

Secretary Sebelius Approves Plans to Standardize and Streamline Data Collection for HHS HIV Grantees The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) recently reached a significant milestone in our ongoing efforts to standardize and streamline data collection for recipients of federal HIV funds. On June 28, 2013, Secretary of Health and Human Kathleen Sebelius approved plans submitted by nine HHS operating divisions and staff offices to adopt and deploy common core indicators for … [Read more...]

LGBT Health Awareness Week, KATHLEEN SEBELIUS

'Shortly after the Affordable Care Act was enacted, President Obama asked me to identify steps we could take at the Department of Health and Human Services to improve the health and well-being of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) Americans. As we mark the beginning of LGBT Health Awareness Week, I am proud to say that we have been working hard to ensure LGBT Americans have the same rights and protections as other Americans. For example, we have released rules requiring Medicare … [Read more...]

Prevention & Wellness: New Preventive Benefits for Women

New Preventive Benefits for Women   It's a new day for women under the Affordable Care Act. Services to keep you healthy including well-woman visits, support for breastfeeding equipment, domestic violence screening and counseling, contraception, and more will be covered without cost sharing in new health plans starting in August 2012. Giving Women Control Over Their Health Care By Kathleen Sebelius, Secretary of Health and Human Services   Women deserve to have … [Read more...]

Celebrating Community Health Center Week – August 5/11, 2012

Statement: HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius on Community Health Center Week There are 8,500 health center sites across the country, treating more than 20 million people each year. They are the cornerstones of stronger communities. They also boost local economies, adding more than 25,000 jobs in the last three years. This year, as we celebrate Community Health Center Week and its theme of “Powering Healthier Communities,” we keep in mind that for 45 years, community health centers have … [Read more...]

Women’s FREE Health Services, Kathleen Sebelius, Annic Jobin, August 1 @ 1:30PM {EST}

Taking Your Questions on Preventative Care   Starting August 1st, and for the first time ever, women will have access to potentially life-saving preventive care free of charge. Thanks to the health care law, services including well-woman visits, gestational diabetes screening, breastfeeding support and supplies, contraception, domestic violence screening, and more will be covered without cost sharing in new health plans starting August 2012 -- giving women more control over their own … [Read more...]

PACHA Meeting Examines Women and HIV

  PACHA Meeting Examines Women and HIV, Other Issues at Winter Meeting   At the end of last month, the Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS (PACHA) convened for its first meeting of 2012. It was my privilege to lead that meeting, my first as PACHA’s new chairperson. Our agenda was a very full one and the discussions thoughtful, rich, and informative. As we embarked on our work, we were all mindful of and inspired by the President’s historic commitment to end the … [Read more...]

PACHA Meeting Focus on Women and Girls ~ February 28/29

February: PACHA Meeting  28th-29th,  to Focus on Women and Girls     Christopher Bates     The Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS (PACHA) will convene February 28 and 29 in Washington, DC. Among the many items on the agenda for the 45th meeting of the PACHA, two are of particular note: A conversation with Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius on a variety of issues, including the implementation of the National HIV/AIDS … [Read more...]

Council on Women and Girls – Economy, Violence Awareness, and More‏

Friday, September 16, 2011 Weekly Women's Update Welcome to the Council on Women and Girls Weekly Highlights!   Greetings Everyone – This has been an extremely busy week here at The White House and around the country. One week after his speech to a joint session of Congress announcing the American Jobs Act, the President has sent this bill to Capitol Hill and has been traveling the country talking to Americans about what this would mean for job creation, if … [Read more...]

Kathleen Sebelius: Studying and Promoting LGBT Health

  Studying and Promoting LGBT Health     Last week, the Institute of Medicine (IOM) released an important new report about the health of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people. The 276-page report, The Health of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender People: Building a Foundation for Better Understanding, is the result of an 18-month study by a panel of experts commissioned by the IOM at the request of the National Institutes of Health (NIH). NIH asked the panel to evaluate … [Read more...]

HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius celebrating the Second Anniversary of the Recovery Act

  Happy Anniversary HHS.gov/Recovery Programs!     Message from HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius celebrating the Second Anniversary of the Recovery Act   ***  2 Years Later: The Impact of the Recovery Act     February 17, 2011 Today marks two years since President Obama signed the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. This historic law empowered the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to help boost the nation’s economy, create or save jobs, maintain health care services, … [Read more...]

Secretary Kathleen Sebelius Asks HHS to Sustain NHAS Momentum

    Sustain NHAS Momentum     Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius recently sent an important communication to the Department’s leadership regarding HHS-wide efforts to implement the National HIV/AIDS Strategy (NHAS). The message, sent in late January, reiterated that the implementation of the NHAS is a priority for HHS. Secretary Sebelius reminded the heads of her operating divisions and staff divisions that even prior to the release of the NHAS, the HHS Strategic Plan … [Read more...]

HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius – National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day, February 7, 2011‏

    Statement by HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius regarding   National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day,  February 7, 2011      On February 7, the nation will observe the 11th annual National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day. This year also marks the 30th anniversary of the first reports of AIDS in the United States.     Breaking the Silence   Since the beginning of the epidemic, African Americans have been deeply affected by HIV. Black men who have sex with men and black women are particularly … [Read more...]

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