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Tag Archives: HHS

Statement: NASW opposes confirmation of Rep. Tom Price to be Secretary of Health and Human Services

Rep. Tom Price (R-GA)

The National Association of Social Workers (NASW) opposes the Senate confirmation of Rep. Tom Price (R-GA) to become Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) over concerns he will erode health care protections for millions of Americans and support efforts to repeal the Affordable Care Act. HHS is one of the most important federal agencies that oversees ... Read More »

2015 Budget Impact on Economic and Social Justice Programs

President Obama’s 2015 budget created equal measures of excitement and dismay in Congress last week, but NASW was pleased to see that social and economic justice and potential opportunities for the social work profession factored prominently into many areas of the proposal. In the President’s budget, several programs and services created to support vulnerable families receive renewed attention and increased ... Read More »

HHS issues final regulations regarding HIPAA

By Rena Malai, News staff The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has issued a final set of regulations that address several key areas under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA). Under the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act, which was passed in 2009, some existing HIPAA requirements were amended as the ... Read More »

NASW Responds to HHS Essential Health Benefits (EHB) Bulletin with a Call For a Strong National Benefit Package

In December 2011, Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) issued a bulletin on the Essential Health Benefits (EHB), an important component of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (see 12/21/11 blog posting).   This week, NASW submitted its comments (see here) on DHHS’ proposed approach.  NASW made a strong appeal for a comprehensive, uniform set of national health benefits, ... Read More »

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Releases Essential Health Benefits Bulletin to the States

In a surprise move last Friday, HHS released a bulletin announcing its intention to let states determine the scope of essential health benefits to be established under the Affordable Care Act.  The  Essential Health Benefits Package (EHB) forms the basis for insurance coverage offered through the state-based “exchanges,” when they become operational in 2014.  The EHB will determine health care ... Read More »

Invitation To A Conference Call Tour for Faith & Community Leaders

Please join Mayra Alvarez, Director of Public Health Policy, Office of Health Reform and Mara Vanderslice Kelly, Acting Director of the HHS Center for Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships, for a conference call tour in Spanish of CuidadoDeSalud.gov, the first website in Spanish to provide consumers with both public and private health coverage options tailored specifically for their needs in a ... Read More »

EHB Listening Sessions Hosted By HHS

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is hosting regional listening sessions regarding essential health benefits. You are invited to attend the sessions. HHS is committed to receiving broad public input on essential health benefits from all stakeholders. Senior HHS officials will be in attendance to listen to stakeholder feedback. Please see below for the table for further details. ... Read More »

Affordable Care Act 101

A Conference Call Series Discussing the Benefits and Provisions of the Affordable Care Act Hosted By the HHS Center for Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships for  Faith and Community Leaders  Please RSVP by choosing from the dates below. Nov. 1 at 12:30 pm ET Nov. 8 at 3:00 pm ET (With special focus on the Affordable Care Act and Behavioral Health) ... Read More »

HHS announces record number of National Health Service Corps members

On October 13, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius announced that the number of participants in the National Health Service Corps (NHSC) has nearly tripled to more than 10,000 National Corps members nationwide. Established in 1972, the National Health Service Corps, administered by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), has provided health care ... Read More »

HHS Webinar on Home Visiting Programs

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Children’s Bureau is sponsoring a webinar for home visiting programs and partner organizations Thursday, September 22, 2011, titled “Partnerships and Collaboration in Home Visiting:  Critical Issues in Serving Families with Substance Use Disorders”, for 3:00-4:30 pm EST/ 12:00-1:30 pm PST. The webinar intends to address issues regarding the important linkages between ... Read More »