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Improving the health of mothers and their children is a primary goal of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Protecting, promoting, and supporting breastfeeding, with its many known benefits for infants, children, and mothers, is a key strategy toward this goal. There are many ways that states support mothers and babies to breastfeed, and(More)
am honored to present the nation's first ever National Prevention and Health Promotion Strategy (National Prevention Strategy). This strategy is a critical component of the Affordable Care Act, and it provides an opportunity for us to become a more healthy and fit nation. The National Prevention Council comprises 17 heads of departments, agencies, and(More)
Introduction and Background " It is time to refocus, reinforce, and repeat the message that health disparities exist and that health equity benefits everyone. " Medical advances and new technologies have provided people in America with the potential for longer, healthier lives more than ever before. However, persistent and well-documented health disparities(More)
Dear Secretary Sebelius: Our undersigned organizations appreciate the opportunity to provide comments on the Department of Health and Human Service's (HHS) interim final rule OCIIO-9992-IFC, published on July 23,2010 in the Federal Register, regarding the regulations implementing the rules for group health plans and health insurance coverage in the group(More)
On behalf of the American Thoracic Society (ATS), thank you for the opportunity to comment on the Department of Health and Human Service's proposed rule on essential health benefits (EHB) for health insurance exchanges. The ATS is an international educational and scientific multidisciplinary society of 15,000 members focused on respiratory, critical care(More)
Today, the health of Americans and the health of people around the world are more closely linked than ever before. Although the chief mission of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is to enhance the health and well being of all Americans, it is critically important that we cooperate with other nations and international organizations to reduce(More)