Kathleen Sebelius was sworn in as the 21st Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) on April 28, 2009. Since taking office, Secretary Sebelius has led ambitious efforts to improve America’s health and enhance the delivery of human services to some of the nation’s most vulnerable populations, including young children, those with disabilities, and the elderly.
As part of the historic Affordable Care Act, she is implementing reforms that have ended many of the insurance industry’s worst abuses and will help 34 million uninsured Americans get health coverage. She is also working with doctors, nurses, hospital leaders, employers, and patients to slow the growth in health care costs through better care and better health.
Under Secretary Sebelius’s leadership, HHS is committed to innovation, from promoting public- private collaboration to bring life-saving medicines to market, to building a 21st century food safety system that prevents outbreaks before they occur, to collaborating with the Department of Education, to help states increase the quality of early childhood education programs, and give parents more information to make the best choices for their children.
Secretary Sebelius served as Governor of Kansas from 2003 until her Cabinet appointment in April, 2009, and was named one of America’s Top Five Governors by Time Magazine.
Secretary Kathleen Sebelius's Posts
- June 8, 2012 at 2:27 PM EDT
The percentage of young adults who are uninsured continues to decline, indicating that the Affordable Care Act is helping families across the country get better access to health care and more peace of mind.
- May 17, 2012 at 2:25 PM EDT
The Obama administration has announced an historic $156 million commitment to address what is needed to confront Alzheimer’s disease. The National Plan to Address Alzheimer’s Disease is a roadmap that will help us meet our goal to prevent and effectively treat Alzheimer’s disease by 2025
- May 11, 2012 at 12:04 PM EDT
Thanks to the Affordable Care Act, insurance companies that did not spend at least 80 cents of every dollar paid in premiums in 2011 owe rebates to their their customers. According to early estimates from the Kaiser Family Foundation, insurance companies will provide 15.8 million Americans with $1.3 billion in rebates.
- May 8, 2012 at 10:15 AM EDT
The first 26 Innovation Awards recognize projects that are tailored to the needs of patients by local doctors, hospitals, and other leaders in their communities and will help build the strong, effective, affordable health care system of the future..
- February 23, 2012 at 12:49 PM EDT
The Pre-Existing Condition Insurance Plan is helping 50,000 people with medical conditions access the health care they need but have been unable to afford without health insurance
- February 16, 2012 at 4:00 PM EDT
A new report reveals that 86 million Americans have benefited from the Affordable Care Act's prevention coverage improvements.
- February 9, 2012 at 12:38 PM EDT
In response to an aging population and a disease that afflicts 5.1 million Americans – devastating the lives of the individuals suffering from it and placing strain on their families and loved ones – the Administration proposes a historic $156 million investment to combat Alzheimer's disease.
- February 2, 2012 at 12:25 PM EDT
In 2011, about 3.6 million people with Medicare benefited from donut hole discounts—saving a total of $2.1 billion, or an average of $604 per person.
- January 12, 2012 at 2:00 PM EDT
HHS is using the "rate review" tool that is part of the Affordable Care Act to highlight unreasonably high rate increases that would affect nearly 10,000 residents across five states
- December 28, 2011 at 1:06 PM EDT
Here are eight important ways that you or your family might have benefited from the health law in 2011.
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