Health Care Blog
- Posted byon February 26, 2014 at 6:26 PM EDT
Crime doesn’t pay when it comes to defrauding Medicare or Medicaid. But our crime-fighting efforts do.
Over these past three years, every dollar we’ve invested to fight fraud and abuse has returned $8.10 to the American taxpayer. We recovered a record-breaking $4.3 billion last year and $19.2 billion over the last five years.
Today, we released a joint HHS-Justice Department report that tells more of this story. Click here to read it.
- Posted byon February 21, 2014 at 6:43 PM EDT
Millions of Americans have already signed up for affordable health insurance through HealthCare.gov.
But millions more are eligible for new or improved coverage. And if you're one of them, make sure you get covered before March 31st.
President Obama recorded a message just for you -- watch it now, then go to HealthCare.gov. Make sure you stick around for the end for a special surprise:
- Posted byon February 21, 2014 at 10:47 AM EDT
As a former NBA point guard, I know a thing or two about assists. And with just over a month of open enrollment left, I know how important it is to assist one another and reach out to friends, family, and neighbors to let them know that they need to get covered.
In my city of Sacramento and across the country, millions of Americans have already taken the time to look out for their health and enroll in coverage.
But we still have lots of work left to do in the coming weeks to make sure everyone out there knows their options and gets the health insurance they need.
As an athlete and mayor, I know how important it is to prepare for the unexpected. It’s important for folks to get covered so they can get the care they need without losing everything they’ve worked hard for.
Take a look at my video and visit HealthCare.gov to explore your options and sign up for coverage. Folks can still enroll through March 31, so help get the word out to people in your community that it’s not too late to get covered.
New Funding to Increase Access to Mental Health Services and New Protections Under the Health Care LawPosted byon February 18, 2014 at 8:22 PM EDT
So far this year, the Administration has taken three key steps as part of our ongoing effort to increase access to mental health services.
First, the President signed an omnibus appropriations bill, securing $115 million for new mental health initiatives that the President and Vice President proposed in January 2013 as part of their comprehensive plan to reduce gun violence. This funding will have a real impact in communities across the country, where it will be used to train more mental health professionals and help educators and other adults who work with youth recognize the early signs of mental health problems and refer young people to appropriate help when needed. The funds will also be used for a new initiative which will support innovative state-based approaches to making sure young people ages 16 to 25 who are at high risk for mental illness don’t fall through the cracks of our mental health system when they leave school or home.
Second, on January 31, with funding from the Affordable Care Act, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services made $50 million available to help Community Health Centers across the country establish or expand mental and behavioral health services for people living with mental illness or addiction. Using these funds, Health Centers can hire new mental health professionals and add mental health and substance use disorder services. This new funding was first announced by Vice President Biden last December. At that time, the Vice President also announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture has set a new goal of financing $50 million for the construction, expansion, or improvement of mental health facilities in rural areas over the next three years.
Mobilizing for a Healthier Future: Participate in the Jewish Community Day of Action for Health Care Coverage on February 18thPosted byon February 18, 2014 at 9:48 AM EDT
The number 18 is a powerful number in Jewish heritage. It represents “chai,” meaning life. Today, taking care of ourselves and others so that we all live love and healthy lives is more important than ever. The Jewish community has always placed a high importance on mental, spiritual, and physical health. Whether it’s your mother’s matzoball soup when you’re sick or helping someone from your temple get the care they need, maintaining good health for a long life is a core Jewish value.
In order to ensure that every person, regardless of gender or age or preexisting condition, has access to our nation’s healthcare system, we are getting the word out on how Americans and their families can access health affordable, quality health insurance between now and March 31 in the federal and state health insurance Marketplaces. Since October 1, more than 3 million people have enrolled in a private insurance program through the Marketplaces, and over 6.3 million have enrolled in Medicaid or CHIP through state agencies or state-based marketplaces. It’s impossible to know when illness could strike, and it’s crucial that every American have some form of health insurance. That’s why we’re making a big push to educate about enrolling in the healthcare exchanges for everyone we know.
On February 18th, in partnership with the National Council of Jewish Women (NCJW), we’re calling on congregations, Jewish advocacy and social service organizations, and anyone in the Jewish community who is interest to participate in the Jewish Community Day of Action for Health Care Coverage. Here are 18 ways that you or the organizations you belong to or work with can participate in the Day of Action, which is all about ensuring a healthy future for Americans and their families, including in the American Jewish community. We hope you will join us!
18 Ways to Participate in February 18th Day of Action
- Post on Facebook to remind your friends of key dates and facts about enrolling in the health insurance marketplace. Visit www.facebook.com/healthcare.gov for ideas.
- Write an article for your organization newsletter or member bulletin.
- Put up posters around your community that provides information about how, why, and by when to get covered in the marketplace.
- Talk to a young person in your life about the benefits of health insurance. Tell them how 5 in 10 young adults could pay $50 or less per month for coverage, less than most cell phone bills!
- Post on Twitter using the hashtag, #GetCovered and let people know they can access the marketplace (1) online at www.healthcare.gov; (2) by phone at 1-800-318-2596, (3) in person at www.localhelp.healthcare.gov, (4) or by mail at http://1.usa.gov/1bcLknf.
- Host a Shabbat dinner or house party, and talk about why getting covered is important to you.
- Send an email to a local list serve as a friendly reminder that the enrollment deadline is coming up on March 31, about the financial assistance available to many who enroll, and why you care that people on the list have the information they need to access quality, affordable coverage.
- Publish an ad in your local newspaper about key benefits of coverage in the marketplace.
- Plan a text study that explores Jewish perspectives on health care access, caring for our bodies, and caring for our neighbors.
- Reach out to media outlets at local community colleges and universities.
- Drop off palm cards about health coverage at your local synagogue, child care center, gym, or other local business.
- Sign up for NCJW’s distance learning conference call, “When Chicken Soup Isn’t Enough: Helping Our Communities Get Covered,” to learn more about the benefits of marketplace coverage. Go to NCJW’s website for more information.
- Prepare a “Mitzvah Day” for your congregation before March 31. Work with another organization already involved in outreach to uninsured residents in your community to help raise awareness about how coverage works and how to access an affordable, quality plan in the marketplace.
- Write an op-ed encouraging reads to sign up for health insurance. ! Especially if you are a member of the clergy or an organizational leader, your voice inspires others to learn more about health coverage.
- Partner with local college student clubs to set up an information table on campus at venues such as the student center, cafeteria, or near the bookstore.
- Post a widget or badge on your organization or business website.
- Host a viewing party for an educational webinar about the marketplace provided by the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnership Center. Webinars are available in English and Spanish. Learn more and see the upcoming schedule at http://www.hhs.gov/partnerships/resources/aca_101-invite.html.
- Posted byon February 14, 2014 at 4:57 PM EDT
Yesterday, First Lady Michelle Obama sent the message below to the White House email list, urging Americans across the country to visit HealthCare.gov and get covered.
Didn't get the email? Join millions of other Americans and make sure you're in the loop.
As a mom, I know life gets busy. Most folks already have way too much on their plates -- they shouldn't have to worry about health care coverage, too.
We all deserve the security that comes from having health coverage that's there for us -- that we can count on when we need it most.
And if you're already covered, make sure the people you love are covered, too.
Millions of moms, dads, and Americans across the country have already picked out affordable plans that work for them. They've done this because they know that life throws you plenty of curveballs. That's what getting covered is all about: being ready for whatever comes your way.
This isn't about politics -- it's about peace of mind for you and for your family.
And if you're already covered, I need your help: Forward this message to a friend or loved one who needs to see it and make sure they've signed up for health insurance, too.
Our health -- and the health of our families -- depends on it.
First Lady Michelle Obama