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HHS Publishes Rule Requiring Health Plans to Accept 3rd Party Payments from Ryan White

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On March 19, 2014, HHS published an interim final rule in the Federal Register that requires issuers of qualified health plans (QHPs), including stand-alone dental plans (SADPs), offered through the ACA’s Health Insurance Marketplaces to accept premium and cost-sharing payments made on behalf of enrollees by the Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program, other Federal and State…

Celebrity mothers encourage young people to #GetCovered

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Last week, we blogged about Grammy Award-winning artist Alicia Keys work related to women and HIV/AIDS. Today, we encourage you to watch Alicia’s mother, Terria Joseph, talk about what having health coverage for her child means to her. She speaks about the benefits of the Affordable Care Act along with other celebrity mothers. Open enrollment…

Health Insurance Marketplace Enrollment Ends in 2 Weeks: Help Spread the Word!

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The promise of quality, affordable health care is quickly becoming reality for more and more Americans. Coverage under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) has already begun for millions of individuals who have enrolled, and more people are signing up every day. With marked improvements to the Healthcare.gov website and various ways to sign up, now is…

White House Issues Budget Fact Sheets

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The White House Office of Management and Budget has issued a series of fact sheets on key issues for fiscal year 2015. This year, HIV is highlighted in two items within the “Supporting the LGBT Community” budget fact sheet: Expanding Access to HIV/AIDS Treatment, Care, and Prevention Supporting Housing Assistance for People Living with HIV/AIDS Access the full…

CMS Issues Clarification Regarding Third Party Payment of Premiums

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On November 4, 2013, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a frequently asked question (FAQ) [PDF 112 KB] related to third-party payments of premiums for qualified health plans (QHPs) in the Health Insurance Marketplace. Since then, questions have arisen whether this FAQ applies to payments of premiums and cost sharing made on behalf of…

U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Seeks Comment on its Draft Recommendation Statement on Hepatitis B Screening for High-Risk Adults

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This week, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force  (USPSTF) issued its draft recommendation statement pertaining to hepatitis B screening, recommending screening people who are at high risk for hepatitis B infection. Before finalizing the recommendation, the USPSTF is inviting public comments on the draft statement until March 10, 2014. The Task Force is an independent group…

Nominations Sought for CDC/HRSA Advisory Committee on HIV, Viral Hepatitis and STD Prevention and Treatment

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is soliciting nominations for possible membership on the CDC/HRSA Advisory Committee on HIV, Viral Hepatitis and STD Prevention and Treatment (CHAC). The 18-member Advisory Committee provides advice to the HHS Secretary, CDC’s Director, and HRSA’s Administrator on objectives, strategies, policies, and priorities for HIV, Viral Hepatitis, and…

Black Voices: From the Community, For the Community

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At AIDS.gov, we ask that all HIV organizations assess to see how new media can extend the reach of their work. Today, we are fortunate to share with you voices from the community of men dedicated to using new media to amplify the response to HIV among black MSM. The need for a targeted response…