The National Standards for Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Services, aka CLAS, "will help us build on this ongoing effort to ensure that effective and equitable care is accessible to all," HHS Secretary Sebelius said.
Even as the 2013 budget is technically not completed amid the sequester, HHS and President Obama are looking to 2014 to set priorities for health programs, including increased funding for the CDC, NIH, AHRQ and CMS.
While the state is not expanding Medicaid, the Governor wants to provide integrated physical and behavioral health services managed by "comprehensive care entities." The plan would also streamline administration for providers.
A project linking patients, caregivers and Alzheimer's research centers won the Department's third annual innovation award, as Secretary Sibelius and a Google HR guru talked about the need for collaboration in such a large organization.
Arkansas has received a tentative okay from the Department of Health and Human Services to provide Medicaid beneficiaries with subsidized insurance via the state HIX, part of a broader suite of policy transformations the state is pursuing.