HHS is the acronym for the Department of Health and Human Services. It is the U.S. government’s principal agency for protecting and regulating the health of all Americans and for providing essential human services. It has jurisdiction over 11 operating divisions and regulatory agencies including: Administration of Children and Families (ACF); Administration on Aging (AoA); the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS); the Food and Drug Administration (FDA); and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). HHS is headed by a Cabinet-level secretary who is appointed by the president of the United States and confirmed by the U.S. Senate.
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