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HHS Issues Latest Health Care Press Releases

The United States Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has issued its latest press releases on health care topics, which you can read and access below.


Statement by HHS Secretary Xavier Becerra on the President’s Fiscal Year 2022 Budget

May 28, 2021


"HHS is at the center of many challenges facing our country today— the COVID-19 pandemic, mental and other behavioral health challenges, the opioid addiction crisis, racial inequality, and more."  Read full news release




Statement on the Swearing-In of Chiquita Brooks-LaSure as Administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services

May 27, 2021


Today, following a bipartisan confirmation by the United States Senate, HHS Secretary Xavier Becerra formally swore in Chiquita Brooks-LaSure as Administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS).  Read full news release





CMS Encourages Companies to Promote Quality, Affordable Health Coverage for Gig Workers

May 26, 2021


CMS is encouraging online platform companies to share information with gig workers on their ability to enroll in affordable, quality, health coverage during the 2021 Marketplace Special Enrollment Period (SEP).  Read full news release




U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Announces Additional Biden Administration Staff Appointments

May 25, 2021


HHS announced additional Biden Administration appointments: “HHS has made incredible progress expanding vaccine access, lowering health care premiums, and leading the advocacy charge for the American Families Plan,” said HHS Chief of Staff Sean McCluskie.  Read full news release





OCR Provides Technical Assistance to the State of Arizona to Ensure Crisis Standards of Care Protect Against Age and Disability Discrimination

May 25, 2021


The United States Office for Civil Rights (OCR) has resolved a complaint against the State of Arizona involving its crisis standards of care ("CSC") guidelines.  Read full news release




COVID-19 Vaccines for Children and Teens



Did you hear?  Everyone 12 years and older is now eligible to get a COVID-19 vaccine.  Help protect your family and make a plan to get everyone who’s eligible vaccinated against COVID-19 as soon as you can.  Learn more »



Clinical Laboratory Pays $25,000 to Settle Potential HIPAA Security Rule Violations

May 25, 2021


Peachstate Health Management, LLC, doing business as AEON Clinical Laboratories (Peachstate), has agreed to pay $25,000 to OCR and to implement a corrective action plan to settle potential violations of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) Security Rule.  Read full news release




HHS to Dedicate $4.8 Billion from American Rescue Plan to COVID-19 Testing for the Uninsured

May 25, 2021


HHS, through the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), is announcing that it is dedicating $4.8 billion from the American Rescue Plan (ARP) to support the HRSA COVID-19 Uninsured Program.  Read full news release





Secretary Becerra Delivers Remarks to the 74th World Health Assembly

May 25, 2021


Assembly President, Director General Tedros, fellow ministers, and distinguished leaders: On behalf of the United States, I want to extend our thanks to the leadership of the World Health Organization and the staff who have worked tirelessly for the health and well-being of all humanity.  Read full news release




Vaccine Eligibility update




Did you know you can now text your zip code to GETVAX (438829) in English or VACUNA (822862) in Spanish to find out where COVID-19 vaccines are available near you.  Learn more at vaccines.gov »