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Affordable Care Act Funds to Create Jobs, Improve Health
August 29, 2011 1:30 PM by Lisa Algeo
Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius last week awarded up to $137 million, partly supported by the Affordable Care Act, to states to strengthen the public health infrastructure and provide jobs in core areas of public health. Awarded Read More...
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HHS Awards $40 Million in Grants to Sign Up Children for Health Coverage
August 22, 2011 2:04 PM by Lisa Algeo
Last week, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced $40 million in grants for efforts to identify and enroll children eligible for Medicaid and the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP). Grants were awarded to 39 state agencies, Read More...
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New Affordable Care Act Policy Helps Consumers Better Understand, Compare Benefits and Coverage
August 18, 2011 1:16 PM by Lisa Algeo
Yesterday, the Departments of Health and Human Services (HHS), Labor, and the Treasury proposed new rules under the Affordable Care Act that will enable consumers to easily understand their health coverage and determine the best health insurance options Read More...
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Affordable Care Act Grants Will Create Jobs & Improve Quality of Care, Public Health
August 16, 2011 8:50 AM by Lisa Algeo
Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius yesterday awarded $49 million in grants, partly supported by the Affordable Care Act, to improve the quality of health care and strengthen the public health infrastructure. Awarded to all 50 Read More...
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HHS, Treasury take new steps to help states build Affordable Insurance Exchanges
August 12, 2011 2:10 PM by Lisa Algeo
The Departments of Health and Human Services and Treasury today took the next steps to establish Affordable Insurance Exchanges – one-stop marketplaces where consumers can choose a private health insurance plan that fits their health needs and have the Read More...
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HHS awards Affordable Care Act funds to expand access to health care
August 10, 2011 5:36 PM by Lisa Algeo
HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius today announced awards of $28.8 million to 67 community health center programs across the country. These funds, made available by the Affordable Care Act, will help to establish new health service delivery sites to care Read More...
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Medicare Provides Assistance to Help Low-Income Beneficiaries Get Big Savings on Prescription Drug Costs
August 9, 2011 11:04 AM by Lisa Algeo
Some Medicare beneficiaries could qualify for assistance with their prescription drug costs, and be eligible this year to pay no more than $2.50 for generic drugs and $6.30 for each brand name drug. The steps and requirements beneficiaries can take to Read More...
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CMS launches tools and initiatives to help improve American health care quality
August 5, 2011 2:32 PM by Lisa Algeo
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced a new tool for patients and caregivers and other enhanced initiatives today to empower consumers to make informed choices about their health care, and to help improve the quality of care Read More...
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Medicare prescription drug premiums will not increase, more seniors receiving free preventive care, discounts in the donut hole
August 4, 2011 12:53 PM by Lisa Algeo
Medicare average prescription drug premiums will not increase in 2012. The announcement from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) comes as more people with Medicare are receiving discounts on prescription drug costs and no-cost preventive Read More...
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Medicare payment rule promotes improved inpatient care
August 3, 2011 8:58 AM by Lisa Algeo
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) today issued a final rule that will update Medicare payment policies and rates for hospitals in fiscal year (FY) 2012. The final rule, which will affect Medicare payments to general acute care hospitals Read More...
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Affordable Care Act Ensures Women Receive Preventive Services at No Additional Cost
August 2, 2011 8:45 AM by Lisa Algeo
Affordable Care Act Ensures Women Receive Preventive Services at No Additional Cost Sun, 31 Jul 2011 00:01:00 -0500 Historic new guidelines that will ensure women receive preventive health services at no additional cost were announced today by the U.S. Read More...
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