Centers for Disease Control & Prevention
Posted on September 17, 2014
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) National Center for Health Statistics released the results of its first quarter health insurance survey. The results show that the percentage of uninsured adults dropped to 18.4 percent from 20.4 percent in 2013. However, this modest reduction does not capture the influx of last minute sign-ups in March and is lower than other estimates that used data from later in the year.
A new Census report also examined uninsurance rates finding that forty-two million people in the U.S. lacked any health insurance for the whole of 2013- 13.4 percent of the population. The report breaks down the uninsured rate by race and estimates the proportion of the population insured through private, employer-sponsored, and public insurance. However, this report does not include data from the major expansion of coverage from the Affordable Care Act (ACA) starting in 2014.
Posted on August 14, 2012
Today, the Office of Consumer Information and Insurance Oversight, a division within the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), released the final version of the approval for state-based health insurance Exchanges. An Exchange is an entity that both facilitates the purchase of Qualified Health Plans (QHP) by qualified individuals and provides for the establishment of a Small Business Health Options Program (SHOP), consistent with provisions under the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Exchanges will provide competitive marketplaces for individuals and small employers to directly compare and purchase private health insurance options based on price, quality, and other factors.
Posted on June 21, 2012
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) updated estimates for 15 selected health measures based on data from the 2011 National Health Interview Survey (NHIS) and presented estimates from 1997 through 2010 for comparison in an early release of data from the National Health Interview Survey. The 15 measures included in the present report are…
Posted on October 7, 2011
“Healthy People 2010 Final Review,” released by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), is a progress assessment of the nation’s health goals over the last decade. At a Health Affairs briefing in Washington D.C. just before the release of the Final Review, HHS’s Assistant Secretary for Health, Howard K. Koh, MD, MPH, said that the two principal health goals of the decade were 1) to increase the lifespan and quality of life of Americans, and 2) to reduce health disparities. Secretary Koh reported that the Final Review data show that the first measure, but unfortunately not the second, was achieved. While much progress has been made with regard to 71% of the program’s 2010 targets, the Healthy People Final Review does highlight several critical problem areas, including not only health disparities, but also the obesity rate in America.
For the full “Health People 2010 Final Review,” please refer to the CDC National Center for Health Statistics website.
Posted on November 16, 2010
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is seeking public comment on developing guidance on Health Risk Assessments, which the health reform law requires be included in annual wellness visits for Medicare beneficiaries.
Posted on October 19, 2010
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has announced an invitation to 15 people to serve on a new Advisory Committee on Breast Cancer in Young Women, which was created by the health reform law.
Posted on September 27, 2010
The Department of Health and Human Services has awarded nearly $100 million in grants from the health reform law’s Prevention and Public Health Fund, which will support state and community efforts to fight obesity, increase HIV testing, promote tobacco quit lines, expand mental health and substance abuse programs, and track, monitor and respond to disease outbreaks.
HHS allocates $30 million from Prevention and Public Health Fund to support the National HIV/AIDS Strategy
Posted on September 27, 2010
The Department of Health and Human Services has announced that it will allocate $30 million from the Prevention and Public Health Fund created by the health reform law to HIV prevention efforts under the President’s National HIV/AIDS Strategy. This includes $21.6 million in grants to state and local health departments.
Posted on September 21, 2010
The Department of Health and Human Services has awarded $42.5 million from the Prevention and Public Health Fund created by the health reform law to state, tribal, local, and territorial health departments for 94 separate projects to strengthen public health services. This funding will be distributed cooperatively through the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention under a program named “Strengthening Public Health Infrastructure for Improved Health Outcomes.”