As part of the historic Affordable Care Act, she implemented reforms that ended many of the insurance industry’s worst abuses and helped millions of uninsured Americans get health coverage. She also worked with doctors, nurses, hospital leaders, employers, and patients to slow the growth in health care costs through better care and better health.
Under her leadership, Secretary Sebelius ensured that HHS was 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
- March 18, 2013 at 7:58 PM EDT
The Affordable Care Act brings an end to some of the worst insurance industry practices that have kept affordable health coverage out of reach for millions of Americans, especially when they needed it most. Under the health care law, consumers can be confident that their insurance will protect them if they get sick and their families won’t be crushed by medical bills.
- January 17, 2013 at 12:39 PM EDT
Learn more about the new Health Insurance Marketplace, which will kick in come October and mark the beginning of new health insurance and tax credits for millions of Americans.
- September 11, 2012 at 12:18 PM EDT
According to a new report, consumers saved more $2 billion in the past year, thanks to new rules that protect people from insurance industry abuses
- July 31, 2012 at 2:42 PM EDT
On August 1, 2012, women will have access to eight new health care services at no out-of-pocket cost to keep them healthier and to catch potentially serious conditions at an earlier, more treatable stage.
- June 22, 2012 at 1:46 PM EDT
Thirteen years ago today, a landmark Supreme Court decision established that people with disabilities have the right to live in the community with the proper services and supports, rather than being unnecessarily institutionalized
- 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