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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.


Latest U.S. Department of Health & Human Services News Releases



HHS Overdose Prevention Strategy



COVID-19 International Travel Guidance


Did you hear?  All international air passengers, regardless of vaccination status, must show a negative COVID-19 test taken no more than 1 day before travel to the United States.  Learn more »




HHS News Releases Week of December 5, 2021



Statement by HHS Secretary Xavier Becerra on Release of Department’s Division-Level COVID-19 Vaccination Data

December 3, 2021


As a follow up to the Office of Management and Budget’s (OMB) release last week of federal COVID-19 vaccination data for HHS and other federal agencies, today HHS released vaccination data for its Divisions, which show that some have exceeded the Department’s vaccination rate of more than *97 percent.  Read full news release





HHS Strengthens Prevention of Human Trafficking and Support for Survivors in National Action Plan to Combat Human Trafficking

December 3, 2021


Today, the White House released the National Action Plan to Combat Human Trafficking, recognizing the impact of human trafficking on public health, public safety, and national security.  Read full news release




New HHS Study Shows 63-Fold Increase in Medicare Telehealth Utilization During the Pandemic

December 3, 2021


A new report from HHS found that massive increases in the use of telehealth helped maintain some health care access during the COVID-19 pandemic, with specialists like behavioral health providers seeing the highest telehealth utilization relative to other providers.  Read full news release





HHS Seeks Public Comments to Advance Equity and Reduce Disparities in Organ Transplantation, Improve Life-Saving Donations, and Dialysis Facility Quality of Care

December 1, 2021


HHS, through the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), issued a Request for Information (RFI) to solicit stakeholder and public feedback that will be used to inform potential changes and future rulemaking to improve the organ transplantation system and seek to enhance the quality of life of those living with organ failure.  Read full news release




Secretary Becerra Delivers Remarks at White House World AIDS Day Event

December 1, 2021


President Biden and HHS Secretary Becerra deliver remarks to commemorate World AIDS Day, launch the National HIV/AIDS Strategy, and kick off the Global Fund Replenishment process.  Read full news release





HHS launches website for the 405(d) Aligning Health Care Industry Security Approaches Program

December 1, 2021


HHS, through the Office of Chief Information Officer (OCIO) and Office of Information Security (OIS), launched a Web site for the HHS 405(d) Aligning Health Care Industry Security Approaches Program.  Read full news release




Statements by HHS Leaders Commemorating World AIDS Day on December 1, 2021

December 1, 2021


HHS joins the international community in commemorating World AIDS Day 2021.  The theme for this year’s observance is "Ending the HIV Epidemic: Equitable Access, Everyone’s Voice."  Read full news release





Five enforcement actions hold healthcare providers accountable for HIPAA Right of Access

November 30, 2021


The Office for Civil Rights (OCR) announced the resolution of five investigations in its Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) Right of Access Initiative, bringing the total number of these enforcement actions to twenty-five since the initiative began.  Read full news release




Secretary Becerra Delivers Remarks to the World Health Assembly Special Session

November 29, 2021


Esteemed Officers of The Assembly, Director General Tedros, Distinguished Colleagues: I’m honored to join you today and rightfully begin by extending my thanks to the women and men of the WHO and to our resilient frontline workers protecting the health of our communities.  Read full news release





Readout of HHS Secretary Becerra’s Bilateral Meeting with South African Minister of Health

November 28, 2021


HHS Secretary Xavier Becerra spoke today with South African Minister of Health Mathumr Joseph Phaahla.  Read full news release




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COVID-19 Vaccine Booster Eligibility Update


Did you know?  If you’re 18 or older and got your Pfizer or Moderna 2nd dose more than 6 months ago, or got your Johnson & Johnson dose more than 2 months ago, you’re now eligible for a booster.  Find vaccines near you at vaccines.gov.  Learn more »