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Government reviews positive healthcare trends in 2010

Posted On Mon, January 3, 2011

When Americans look back at 2010, it's the hope of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services that they will remember it as a year of vast improvements in the country's healthcare system.

Tougher marketing regulations have been imposed on cigarette companies along with increased measures to ensure food safety. The year also marks the beginning of the controversial Affordable Care Act, which requires most Americans to have health insurance by 2014.

HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius says the recent legislation is a step in the right direction towards improving the nation's health.

"I'm proud of these accomplishments and the men and women in our department who made them possible and remain firmly committed to our mission to provide critical health and human services to the people of this nation."

While statistics shows there have been many positive healthcare trends in the country, there still stands a great deal of work left to be accomplished. Recent data released by the Kaiser Foundation shows that 50 million Americans lack health insurance coverage. However, a number of states were recently awarded bonus funds from the government for successfully enrolling more children in Medicaid.

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