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Rx Opioid Overdose Death Rates (per 100,000) by Age Group: 15-24: 2.6; 25-34:7.5; 35-44: 8.6; 45-54: 10.6; 55-64: 7.5; 65+: 1.6

Prescription drug abuse and heroin use has become a rising and deadly epidemic in America. According to the CDC, since 2000 the rate of drug overdose deaths has increased 137% and this is largely attributed to by opioid overdose. Addressing opioid abuse is a high priority for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Secretary Burwell is committed to accelerating the Department’s work aimed at decreasing opioid overdoses and overall overdose mortality and the prevalence of opioid use disorder. The Secretary’s evidence-based opioid initiative focuses on three targeted areas: informing opioid prescribing practices, increasing the use of naloxone (a drug that reverses the deadly respiratory effects of opioid drug overdose), and expanding the use of Medication-assisted Treatment (MAT) to treat opioid use disorder. In keeping with this mission, HRSA has made, and plans to continue making, a number of investments to support training and expand services throughout the country. 

Learn more about HRSA’s Investments.

a montage of income tax-related items including a form 1040, for w2, and a calendar with april 15 highlightedAs tax filing season begins, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the Treasury Department are once again putting in place resources to help tax filers understand how health care intersects with their taxes. Reporting information about health coverage is still a new process, but it is becoming a routine part of tax season. In order to help address questions individuals may have about their responsibilities, the Administration is highlighting available resources and tools to help make the process as easy as possible.

Learn more at HealthCare.Gov, or see the Fact Sheet from the Treasury Department and HHS.

15 Communities Selected to Participate logo

In July 2015, HHS’ Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) awarded AcademyHealth $2.2 million to lead the Community Health Peer Learning Program (CHP). Through the CHP program, communities will identify data solutions, accelerate local progress, disseminate best practices and learning guides, help inform national strategy around population health challenges, and align with other delivery system reform efforts driving toward better care, smarter spending of health care dollars, and healthier people.

Following a competitive National Call for Applications, AcademyHealth announced the 15 communities - ten Participant Communities and five Subject Matter Expert Communities - selected to participate.

Visit the AcademyHealth website for information on each of the 15 communities selected.  

Treasury department's myRA logo

myRA (my Retirement Account) is a new way to start saving for the future, developed by the United States Department of the Treasury. myRA is a Roth IRA that invests in a new United States Treasury retirement savings bond, which will not lose money. myRA was designed for people without access to employer-sponsored retirement savings plans and for people looking for a simple, safe, and affordable way to start saving for retirement. myRA accounts cost nothing to open, have no fees, and don’t require a minimum amount of savings.

Learn more at myRA.Gov.

Date Last Reviewed:  April 2017

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