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Health TV: The 2013 HHS Budget Press Conference

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The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has posted a video of its fiscal year 2013 budget proposal press conference on the Web.

HHS Deputy Secretary Bill Corr started the press conference. 

Other participants included Dr. Thomas Frieden, the director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; Dr. Margaret Hamburg, the Food and Drug Administration commissioner; Mary Wakefield, administrator of the Health Resources and Services Administration; Yvette Roubideaux, administrator of the Indian Health Service; Marilyn Tavenner, the acting administrator of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services; and a number of HHS staffers.

This version of the video starts playing about 7 minutes into the press conference, when the question and answer period started.

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About 25 minutes in, for example, Tavenner — the speaker with the red turtleneck and the hoarse voice — points out that the $860 million HHS has requested for 2013 for exchange development would go only toward creating the federal health insurance distribution exchanges. The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010 (PPACA) already has provided the funding needed to help states set up their exchanges, Tavenner says.

PPACA calls for states to set up exchanges to serve as Web-based health insurance supermarkets for individuals and small businesses. The federal government is supposed to provide exchange services for the residents of states that do not set up exchanges.

Federal fiscal year 2013 will start Oct. 1.