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Apps to Help Students Stay Safe

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It’s back to school time and as we send our students to school with books and other necessary supplies, it might be helpful to keep in mind several technology solutions that can help students stay healthy and safe on campus. Among these technology solutions are a number of mobile apps that are being developed by…

Surgeon agrees to treat HIV-positive patients after losing federal funding

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A California surgeon has voluntarily entered into a Post-Termination Compliance Agreement with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office for Civil Rights (OCR) to restore his eligibility to receive federal funding from HHS. The surgeon’s funding was terminated after OCR and the HHS Departmental Appeals Board concluded that he intentionally discriminated against…

Join World Hepatitis Day at the White House – July 30: A Call to Action for Public Health Leadership

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Every year, on July 28th, we commemorate World Hepatitis Day and elevate the public health response to a disease that impacts more than 400 million people globally. It has been an honor to serve as Assistant Secretary of Health (ASH) at the US Department of Health and Human Services for the past five years. This…

Join the White House World Hepatitis Day Event Live Broadcast on July 30

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Every year, we commemorate World Hepatitis Day (WHD) and re-commit to addressing viral hepatitis, a disease that affects approximately 400 million people worldwide, killing an estimated 1.4 million people each year according to the World Health Organization . Despite serious consequences including liver cancer and liver failure, viral hepatitis remains a “silent killer” and many people…

FACT SHEET: Progress in Four Years of the National HIV/AIDS Strategy

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On July 15, 2010, President Obama released the first comprehensive National HIV/AIDS Strategy, which envisions that “the United States will become a place where new HIV infections are rare and when they do occur, every person, regardless of age, gender, race/ethnicity, sexual orientation, or socio-economic circumstance, will have unfettered access to high quality, life-extending care, free from stigma and…

Do You Qualify for Coverage during the Special Enrollment Period?

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Still have questions about what qualifies you for a Special Enrollment Period to get coverage through the Health Insurance Marketplace? In this new video Mayra Alvarez  of The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) discusses the life events that qualify individuals for enrolling in coverage before the next Open Enrollment period begins in November 2014. Read…

HHS announces auto-enrollment plans for current Marketplace consumers for 2015

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Today, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) expects to announce its plans for helping existing Marketplace consumers get auto-enrolled for next year. These plans would give existing consumers a simple way to remain in the same plan next year unless they want to shop for another plan and choose to make changes. “As…

Pride in our Progress

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Since Pride Month 2013, much has happened that we can be proud of. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), the Department of Health and Human Services, and the entire nation have made enormous progress regarding the health and welfare of America’s Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) community. These changes include the expansion…