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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



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Mask Travel Guidance


The mask mandate on indoor public transportation was recently lifted.  The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) continues to recommend that people wear masks in indoor transportation settings at this time.  Learn more »




HHS News Releases Week of April 24, 2022



CMS Proposes Updates to Reduce Barriers to Coverage, Simplify Medicare Enrollment and Expand Access

April 22, 2022


The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a proposed rule to update Medicare enrollment and eligibility rules that would expand coverage for people with Medicare and advance health equity.  Read full news release





Fact Sheet: Celebrating Earth Day 2022

April 22, 2022


The Biden-Harris Administration is celebrating Earth Day by focusing on its theme, “invest in our planet”, and is committed to addressing climate change, advancing health equity and pursuing environmental justice - which all depends on a healthy, clean planet.  Read full news release




Statement on the Swearing-In of January Contreras as Assistant Secretary at the Administration for Children and Families at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

April 22, 2022


Thursday, April 21, 2022, following bipartisan confirmation by the U.S. Senate, HHS Secretary Xavier Becerra formally swore in January Contreras as Assistant Secretary at the Administration for Children and Families (ACF).  Read full news release





HHS Launches Pledge Initiative to Mobilize Health Care Sector to Reduce Emissions

April 22, 2022


HHS, in partnership with the White House, is issuing a call to action for health care stakeholders to commit to tackling the climate crisis through a new initiative aimed at reducing emissions across the health care sector.  Read full news release




HHS Awards Over $385 Million to Help Households Lower Cooling and Heating Costs

April 21, 2022


HHS Secretary Xavier Becerra announced the award of more than $385 million to help families and individuals with their energy costs.  Read full news release





HHS Announces $90 Million to Support New Data-Driven Approaches for Health Centers to Identify and Reduce Health Disparities

April 21, 2022


HHS, through the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), announced the availability of nearly $90 million in American Rescue Plan funding to support new data-driven efforts for HRSA Health Center Program-supported health centers and look-alikes (HRSA-designated health centers) to identify and reduce health disparities.  Read full news release




In Nevada, Secretary Becerra Highlighted the Importance of Strengthening the Health Care Workforce, Launching 988, Access to Cancer Screening, and Investing in Youth Mental Health

April 20, 2022


Yesterday, April 19, 2022, in Las Vegas, Nevada, HHS Secretary Xavier Becerra participated in events, site visits, and roundtables underscoring the importance of addressing the health care provider shortage; planning for the launch of 988; increasing cancer screening, prevention, and early detection; improving youth mental health, and housing as a social determinant of health.  Read full news release





HHS Releases New Data and Report on Hospital and Nursing Home Ownership

April 20, 2022


HHS is taking actions to promote competition and transparency in our nation’s health care system that can improve the safety and quality of nursing homes and hospitals.  Read full news release




As Part of President Biden’s Mental Health Strategy, HHS Awards Nearly $105 Million to States and Territories to Strengthen Crisis Call Center Services in Advance of July Transition to 988

April 19, 2022


HHS, through its Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), is awarding nearly $105 million in grant funding, provided by the American Rescue Plan, to 54 states and territories in advance of the transition of the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline from the current 10-digit number to the 988 three-digit dialing code in July.  Read full news release





CMS Proposes Policies to Advance Health Equity and Maternal Health, Support Hospitals

April 18, 2022


The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a proposed rule for inpatient and long-term hospitals that builds on the Biden-Harris Administration’s key priorities to advance health equity and improve maternal health outcomes.  Read full news release




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