USA Today: HHS starts features to help consumers learn insurance

By: Kelly Kennedy A new website will help explain the insurance marketplaces, called exchanges, where Americans will start buying health insurance Oct. 1 under the Affordable Care Act. (Photo: Tim Boyles, Getty Images) STORY HIGHLIGHTS Insurance policy prices will be available by September, Sebelius said Cost information will clear up speculation about how law affects … Continue reading

The Washington Post: HHS is shielding Obamacare outreach from sequester cuts

By Sarah Kliff, Published: August 5 at 2:05 pmE-mail the writer Welcome to Health Reform Watch, Sarah Kliff’s regular look at how the Affordable Care Act is changing the American health-care system — and being changed by it. You can reach Sarah with questions, comments and suggestions here. Check back every Monday, Wednesday and Friday afternoon for the … Continue reading

Healthwatch: HHS releases final rules for ObamaCare ‘navigators’

By Sam Baker – 07/12/13 05:25 PM ET     The Health and Human Services Department on Friday finalized rules for the “navigators” who will help people make sense of their options under ObamaCare. In a 145-page regulation, HHS finalized standards for training and certifying navigators. Navigators will provide in-person assistance to people trying to figure out … Continue reading

California Healthline: HHS Distributes $6.2M in Grants To Boost Enrollment in Medi-Cal

On Tuesday, HHS announced the distribution of nearly $32 million in grants to help enroll children in Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program, $6.2 million of which went to several California organizations, KPCC’s “KPCC News” reports. Medi-Cal is California’s Medicaid program (O’Neill, “KPCC News,” KPCC, 7/2). Funding Details The funding was provided through the Affordable Care … Continue reading

California Healthline: HHS Issues Final Rule on Individual Mandate Penalty Exemptions

On Wednesday, the Obama administration issued a final rule detailing how individuals could obtain exemptions from penalties for noncompliance with the Affordable Care Act’s individual mandate, Modern Healthcare reports (Modern Healthcare, 6/26). Final Rule Details Under the 139-page final rule, U.S. residents who are exempt from the penalties include: Low-income individuals who cannot afford coverage; Undocumented immigrants; Indian tribal members … Continue reading

Washington Post: Sebelius defends Obamacare fundraising

By Sarah Kliff, Published: June 4, 2013 at 11:20 am  Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius disclosed new details on Tuesday about her efforts to raise money for a nonprofit group promoting the administration’s health care overhaul. Sebelius told members of Congress that she has made five outreach calls on behalf of Enroll America, a new … Continue reading

Washington Post: Budget request denied, Sebelius turns to health executives to finance Obamacare

WASHINGTON, DC - DECEMBER 19: U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius listens during a news conference December 19, 2011 at the Department of Health and Human Services in Washington, DC. Sebelius announced that thirty-two health care organizations from across the country will participate in a new Accountable Care Organization (ACOs) initiative which encourage primary care doctors, specialists, hospitals and other caregivers to provide better, more coordinated care for people with Medicare and could save up to $1.1 billion over five years.

By Sarah Kliff, Published: May 10, 2013 at 4:12 pm Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius has gone, hat in hand, to health industry officials, asking them to make large financial donations to help with the effort to implement President Obama’s landmark health-care law, two people familiar with the outreach said. Her unusual fundraising push comes … Continue reading

HHS: Health centers to help uninsured individuals gain affordable health insurance coverage

Obama administration provides $150 million for health centers to offer enrollment assistance nationwide Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius today announced new funding to help more uninsured Americans enroll in new health insurance coverage options made available by the Affordable Care Act.  Approximately $150 million will help community health centers provide in-person enrollment assistance … Continue reading

Clinical Innovation + Technology: CMS/HHS collaboration with Archimedes to enable ‘unprecedented’ data access

Laura Pedulli May 02, 2013   The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) will collaborate with Archimedes—a Calif.-based Kaiser Permanente innovation healthcare modeling and analytics company—to supply “unprecedented” access to synthetic CMS claims data, according to Archimedes’ May 1 announcement. Under the collaboration, Archimedes’ ARCHeS Simulation … Continue reading

California Healthline: Sebelius Says HHS ‘On Track’ To Implement ACA Insurance Exchanges

WASHINGTON, DC - DECEMBER 19: U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius listens during a news conference December 19, 2011 at the Department of Health and Human Services in Washington, DC. Sebelius announced that thirty-two health care organizations from across the country will participate in a new Accountable Care Organization (ACOs) initiative which encourage primary care doctors, specialists, hospitals and other caregivers to provide better, more coordinated care for people with Medicare and could save up to $1.1 billion over five years.

On Thursday, HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius assured House lawmakers that her department is “on track” to implement the Affordable Care Act’s health insurance exchanges, one day after she offered the same assurance to a Senate panel, Modern Healthcare reports. Sebelius was testifying before the House Energy and Commerce Health Subcommittee, which convened a hearing on HHS’ budget under President … Continue reading

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