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March 28, 2014
In America, 5.7 million children do not have health insurance. That’s a scary number. As a mother and a grandmother, I know the many worries that parents have about their children. We try to protect them from illness and accidents, but so much is beyond our control. Far too many parents face another worry every day: They have not been able to afford insurance that protects their families. At the same time, they know that just one bad accident or illness could lead to devastating medical bills -- even a bankruptcy. No family should have to choose between their children’s prescriptions and the...
May 13, 2013
Secretary Sebelius shared the following message especially for MomsRising members to launch National Women's Health Week. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mp3Fock3hPg&feature=em-upload_owner Learn more about National Women's Health Week here and join MomsRising in playing Healthy Moms BINGO !
November 21, 2011
Cross posted from the White House blog Last Thursday, Americans from across the country began making plans to quit smoking as part of the American Cancer Society’s Great American Smokeout. And we released a video from President Obama congratulating everyone who is participating in this important event and underscoring our Administration’s commitment to fighting tobacco use: President Obama and his Administration are committed to doing all we can to stop kids from smoking and reducing the number of Americans who smoke. And for those of you who are making the commitment to quit, you are not...
November 18, 2011
No child or young person should have to skip a doctor's appointment or go without the medicine they need because their family can't afford it. That shouldn't happen in America, and that's why the Obama Administration made children's health coverage a priority from the start. When President Obama took office, there were 8 million uninsured kids in America, roughly two-thirds of whom were eligible for Medicaid or the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP), but were not enrolled. That was unacceptable. So one of the first bills the President signed was the Children's Health Insurance Program...
August 1, 2011
Everyone wants their family to be healthy. And a key component of this is ensuring that mothers, daughters, and sisters have access to the preventive services they need. When it comes to health, women are often the sole decision maker for their families and the trusted source in circles of friends – and they are also key consumers of health care. Women have unique healthcare needs across their life span and have high rates of chronic disease, including diabetes, heart disease and stroke. Yet while women are more likely to need preventive health care services, they often have less ability to...
May 12, 2011
This week is National Women's Health Week, a time to talk about and promote women's health. This year, we can truly be thankful for a health system that provides better, more affordable care to all Americans -- especially the women that spend so much of their time caring for the health and well being of others. Women often serve as caregivers for their families, putting the needs of their spouses, children, and parents before their own. We encourage our family to eat their vegetables and get enough exercise. And as our parents get older, we make sure they fill their prescriptions. Young, old...
March 23, 2011
It's hard to believe it's been a year since President Obama signed the Affordable Care Act. But in the twelve months since it was signed, the law has already given Americans more freedom and control over their health care choices. The law’s key goals for America’s families: better benefits and better health. The Affordable Care Act created a Patient’s Bill of Rights that put an end to the worst abuses of the insurance industry. It made it illegal for an insurer to drop your coverage when you need it most because of an unintentional error on your paperwork. And for those in new plans, it...
February 4, 2011
Today is an important day for kids and their families all across the country. On this day, we celebrate the second anniversary of the Children's Health Insurance Program Reauthorization Act, which President Obama signed into law, making it possible for this program to continue providing health coverage for uninsured children in families with limited incomes. All children should have access to the preventive services and routine check-ups necessary to stay healthy, and no parent should ever have to worry about how he or she will pay the bills if their child gets sick or injured. With health...
December 31, 2010
For Amanda from Tigard, Oregon, one of the worst things about going without health insurance was worrying that something might happen to her son Jacob when she couldn't afford a doctor. Jacob, now 3, was having vision problems and needed to see an eye doctor. Fortunately, Oregon has begun taking innovative steps to make sure every child who is eligible for the state's health coverage programs signs up. Because Amanda was already receiving nutrition assistance, the state knew she might qualify for Medicaid as well. They sent her a letter with a very short "Express Lane Eligibility" application...
September 23, 2010
In the six months since President Obama signed the Affordable Care Act into law, we have been hard at work implementing the law and focusing on putting consumers ahead of insurance companies. Already, millions of Americans are seeing the benefits: Nearly 4 million employees working for small businesses can benefit from small business tax credits to help employers cover their employees. Thousands of uninsured Americans who had been locked out of the market due to pre-existing conditions have signed up for the Pre-Existing Condition Insurance Plan . More than 2,000 businesses have been accepted...