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Affordable Care Act News: Navigator Final Rule Released

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On July 15, 2013, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) took the next step in moving toward implementation of the Health Insurance Marketplaces by finalizing a proposed rule outlining the standards for Navigators, the in-person assisters in Federally-facilitated and State Partnership Marketplaces. The rule identifies training, conflict of interest standards, and standards for…

Affordable Care Act Update

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Healthcare.gov recently launched a new site and services to answer your questions, with a live chat feature. Read about it here. President Obama spoke  earlier today about the Affordable Care Act. Visit Healthcare.gov here.

Roundup of Items on HIV Care Continuum Initiative

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The HIV Care Continuum Initiative was launched this week by the White House to focus ongoing implementation of the National HIV/AIDS Strategy. If you’d like to learn more, here’s a round up of information that has been shared about the initiative: Executive Order from President Obama Video  introducing the HIV Care Continuum Initiative Blog post…

HealthCare.gov Launches New Site and New Services to Answer Your Questions

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This week, the folks at HealthCare.gov showcased new features of their website and the new Health Insurance Marketplace call center now available to help get you ready to shop for the new coverage options in the online marketplaces going live in less than 100 days. In a Google hangout held on July 10, 2013, Julie Bataille…

FDA approves first genotyping test for patients with hepatitis C virus

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The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today approved a test that identifies the genotype of hepatitis C virus (HCV) that a patient is carrying. The Abbott RealTime HCV Genotype II, which can differentiate genotypes 1, 1a, 1b, 2, 3, 4, and 5,using a sample of an infected patient’s blood plasma or serum, will aid health…

Take the Test and Take Control: National HIV Testing Day

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Take control of your health and observe the nineteenth annual National HIV Testing Day (NHTD) by taking an HIV test.  The 2013 NHTD theme, “Take the Test and Take Control,” promotes the importance of HIV testing in detecting, treating, and preventing human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection.  CDC reported that, since the mid-1990’s, the number of…

ADA.gov: National HIV Testing Day is June 27

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June 27 is National HIV Testing Day, a day dedicated to encouraging people to get tested for HIV. An estimated 1.1 million people in the United States live with HIV, and approximately 18% do not know they have the virus. The Civil Rights Division of the Department of Justice urges people to find a National…

SAMHSA Announces New Funding Opportunity for Use of New Media to Prevent Substance Abuse and HIV/AIDS

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The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s (SAMHSA) Center for Substance Abuse Prevention (CSAP) has issued a new funding opportunity announcement (FOA) to support the use of new media to prevent substance abuse and HIV/AIDS among high-risk populations. SAMHSA’s Substance Abuse and HIV/AIDS Prevention and New Media program seeks to decrease stigma and discrimination…

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