Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)

Last Updated: August 27, 2020

Written by the Open Caregiving Team. Editorial review by Joyce O. Murphy RN, MSN.

What is the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)?

The Department of Health and Human Services is a branch of the federal government that administers programs in medicine, public health, health tech, and social services for American Citizens. Some of their notable programs include: Medicare, Medicaid, and SNAP (Food Stamps).

What services does HHS offer to caregivers?

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) administers 115 programs and services designed to help people with low income, disabilities, military families, and aging adults. Some programs that can help caregivers are:

Health Insurance:

Social Services

Prevention and Wellness

Providers & Facilities

Public Health & Safety

Which HHS programs are best for me?

Find the best HHS benefits for you using the Benefits.gov questionnaire or read more about their featured topic sites.

Is HHS local or federal?

HHS is a branch of the federal government that administers services at the county, local, state and federal levels. These programs are run through government agencies or private sector partners.

Does HHS offer programs for caregivers?

Review the HHS collection of resources and information for caregivers on their Caregiver Resources and Long-Term-Care page.

Does HHS offer programs for aging individuals?

HHS offers resource for aging individuals focused on:

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Medicaid

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