Aug, 08 2018

A More Modern Newsroom for You

Seema Verma
Administrator, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services

America’s journalists work hard every day to inform their audiences. At CMS, we recognize that the journalists who cover our agency—and our efforts to transform the healthcare system—need accurate, up-to-date information and they need it quickly.

Over the past year, we’ve been working hard to modernize our press operations. We have heard from you and we have listened. As part of this effort, starting today, you will see we’ve improved the usability and updated the look of our online Newsroom web page, which includes press releases, statements, speeches, blogs, and fact sheets put out by our media relations team. This update does not impact other areas of the CMS.gov website, or our other websites, such as HealthCare.gov. These changes will make it easier for you to find the information you’re looking for and the background you need.

Many thanks to the journalists and others who provided us feedback, and especially those who participated in the usability testing of our site that led to this update. We greatly appreciate your help.

Improved usability

We heard from you that our Newsroom should be easier to use, and we agree. For a better experience, we’ve made CMS data and background, press contacts, and other information quickly accessible. We’ve also built a more robust search tool that will help serve your needs.

Give the new search functionality a try. You’ll see autocomplete suggestions and other enhancements that will make it so much easier to find what you need. It’ll also be clearer which search results page you’re on. 

We also wanted to assure you we’re handling your questions. Now, when you send us a question through the Media Inquiry form, you’ll get an email to let you know we received it.

New look

Beyond functionality, we heard the online Newsroom seemed dated, so we’ve refreshed the graphics and color to give the pages a more modern look and feel.

We’ve made many improvements, but nothing has been removed from the newsroom section. You’ll still be able to get the same information that’s always been available in our Newsroom—just more quickly and easily.

Innovation and customer service are core tenets of my Administration, and they will continue to be, so we’ll keep improving CMS.gov over time. The updated newsroom section is just a first. . Thank you for your work to inform the public about our programs and initiatives.