New! CMS Releases Sickle Cell Disease Action Plan

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) continues to recognize the challenges faced by members of the Sickle Cell Disease (SCD) community and is releasing a new Sickle Cell Disease Action Plan to address and eliminate barriers within CMS programs. The actions in this plan are designed to improve health outcomes and reduce health disparities for individuals living with SCD.

The burden of this disease, particularly for people enrolled in CMS programs, underscores the importance for CMS to use existing levers to take action on opportunities and solutions. The Action Plan builds on the Health Equity pillar of the CMS Strategic Plan and the goals under the CMS Framework for Health Equity. It also aligns with the mission and vision of the CMS National Quality Strategy and the CMS Behavioral Health Strategy’s goal to ensure effective pain treatment and management.

For more information about Sickle Cell Disease and related work that is happening across the agency, check out the resources below and review this recent blog from CMS Administrator Chiquita Brooks-LaSure and Acting CMS OMH Director Dr. Aditi Mallick.


Learn more about other activities surrounding SCD from agencies across the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS):