HRSA eNews December 15, 2016

Open enrollment deadlines

open enrollment deadline dec 15 2016This year’s Health Insurance Marketplace Open Enrollment period runs from November 1, 2016 through January 31, 2017. During this time, people across the country can sign up for health plans that meet their needs.  Individuals cannot be denied coverage based on a pre-existing condition, have annual or lifetime dollar limits on their coverage, or be charged a premium because of factors like their gender.

December 15, 2016 is the last day to enroll in or change plans for coverage to start January 1, 2017.

Visit HealthCare.gov for the latest information on open enrollment. Additionally, resources and materials can be found at Marketplace.cms.gov. Help is available by contacting trained professionals for free and confidential assistance. Call 1-800-318-2596 or find free in-person help in your community by visiting LocalHelp.HealthCare.gov.


 

HHS awards over $50 million for new health center sites

image of a doctor examining a young boy who is in his mother's armsToday, Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Sylvia M. Burwell announced over $50 million in funding to 75 health centers in 23 states, Puerto Rico and the Federated State of Micronesia.

“We expect this competitive New Access Point funding to provide health care to more than 240,000 additional patients. ” said Dr. Mary Wakefield,  Acting Deputy Secretary at HHS. “These new health center sites will contribute significantly to the health of families and communities across the nation.”

Read the news release.


 

Two funding awards to help fight Zika in Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and American Samoa

Health departments to receive $17 million

image of a doctor looking at a medical chart with a female patientHRSA awarded $17 million today to health departments in Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands and American Samoa to provide access to comprehensive health care and support services for children and families affected by Zika virus in these territories.

The funding is being made available under the Zika Response and Preparedness Act.

“The current spread of the Zika virus poses a significant threat to public health, including the health of women, children and families,” said HRSA Acting Administrator Jim Macrae. “This funding will help support a set of services for the maternal and child health population.”

Read the news release.

 

HRSA health centers and primary care associations to receive nearly $40 million

image of a doctor talking with a patient December 8 - HHS Secretary Sylvia M. Burwell announced nearly $39 million in funding to 23 health centers in Puerto Rico, American Samoa and the U.S. Virgin Islands and $1 million to two Primary Care Associations (PCAs) to help combat the Zika virus.

The health center awardees will use this funding over a three-year period to expand the availability of high quality preventive and primary health care services to meet immediate and anticipated Zika-related health care needs, and to enable health centers to expand services in response to urgent and emergent primary health care needs. The PCA awardees will use this funding to provide training and technical assistance to health centers in developing and implementing activities to address Zika-related prevention and primary health care needs.

Read the news release.


 

Ryan White HIV/AIDS program releases second annual client-level data report

a human hiv/aids ribbon - an image from high above of about 100 people wearing red and standing in the shape of the red hiv/aids ribbonDecember 7 – HRSA’s HIV/AIDS Bureau (HAB) published the second annual national Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program client-level data report. This dataset is HAB’s primary source of annual, client-level data collected from more than 2,000 funded grant recipients and subrecipients through the Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program Services Report (RSR).

The Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program Annual Client-Level Data Report, 2015 features RSR data about clients served from 2011 through 2015. It provides an in-depth look at demographics and socio-economic factors among clients served, such as age, race/ethnicity, transmission risk category, federal poverty level, health care coverage, and housing status. In addition, the report provides selected analyses to measure progress toward achieving HIV health outcomes.

Read the report (PDF – 2 MB), or learn more about the Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program.


 

HRSA's year in review

Year in review 2016Have you thought about how many lives HRSA touched in 2016, or how many grants we administered? Follow us on Facebook and Twitter for HRSA’s year in review, and see how our work impacts those we serve. 

Our #YearInReview highlights programs and captures HRSA’s mission: Healthy Communities, Healthy People. For your daily dose of inspiration, follow #YearInReview.

 

 


 

Tribal behavioral health agenda released

tribal behavioral health agenda cover - abstract watercolor artworkHHS announced the release of the Tribal Behavioral Health Agenda (TBHA), a first-of-its-kind collaborative tribal-federal blueprint that highlights the extent to which behavioral health challenges affect Native communities, in addition to strategies and priorities to reduce these problems and improve the behavioral health of American Indians and Alaska Natives.

The Tribal Behavioral Health Agenda blueprint includes the following four tenets:

  • Provides a clear national statement about the extent and impact of behavioral health and related problems on the well-being of tribal communities.
  • Recognizes and supports tribal efforts to incorporate their respective cultural wisdom and traditional practices in programs and services that contribute to improved well-being.
  • Establishes five foundational elements that should be considered and integrated into existing and future program and policy efforts.
  • Elevates priorities and strategies to reduce persistent behavioral health problems for Native youth, families, and communities.

Read the Tribal Behavioral Health Agenda.

 

Date Last Reviewed:  April 2017


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