"Senior staff at the Department have worked with the President, Congress, and White House Office of Health Reform Director Nancy-Ann DeParle during the first 100 days of the new Administration to begin laying the groundwork for enacting comprehensive health reform this year, and to implement the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, which includes essential policies to prevent a surge in the number of uninsured Americans and makes positive investments now that will yield health and economic dividends later. Secretary Sebelius is committed to advancing the health of the nation. She shares the President's belief that health reform cannot wait another year, and she will work to continue effective and timely implementation of the health-related provisions of the Recovery Act. In addition, she will embrace the tremendous responsibilities of running the Department of Health and Human Services by working to ensure its divisions, agencies, and programs--ranging from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, the Food and Drug Administration, and the National Institutes of Health to the Administration on Children and Families, the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program, and Head Start--can meet the challenges they face. She will work to rededicate the Department and its agencies to their core mission of promoting health and providing essential services, and by ensuring that science drives important policy decisions."
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