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2014 National Men’s Health Week and Father’s Day

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Editor’s Note: National Men’s Health Week is important to everyone in the HIV community. We encourage our readers to learn more about this observance. A statement by Deputy Secretary Bill Corr National Men’s Health Week, June 9-15, which concludes with Father’s Day, is a good time to focus on how men can take control of…

HHS Secretary Sebelius statement observing LGBT Pride Month

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At the Department of Health and Human Services, we are committed to ensuring that members of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) community have access to quality, affordable health care and enjoy the same rights and protections that all Americans expect and deserve. This year, as we celebrate LGBT Pride Month, we take a…

Enrollment in the Health Insurance Marketplace totals over 8 million people

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More than 4.8 million additional Medicaid/CHIP enrollments Enrollment in the Health Insurance Marketplace surged to eight million at the end of the first enrollment period, HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius announced today. The final enrollment reporting period spans from October 1, 2013, to March 31, 2014, and includes “in line” and other enrollment activity (such as…

HHS announces important Medicare information for people in same-sex marriages

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Today, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced that the Social Security Administration (SSA) is now able to process requests for Medicare Part A and Part B Special Enrollment Periods, and reductions in Part B and premium Part A late enrollment penalties for certain eligible people in same-sex marriages. This is another step…

Statement by Secretary Kathleen Sebelius on African American History Month

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Today, we celebrate the beginning of African American History Month, a time for all Americans to recognize the countless contributions African Americans have made to our nation, including major advances in scientific research and public health. During African American History Month, we draw inspiration from the courage of trailblazers like Dr. Rebecca Lee Crumpler, the…

Six out of Ten Uninsured African Americans May Be Eligible for Medicaid, CHIP or Tax Credits in the Health Insurance Marketplace

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Editor’s Note: People living with HIV need quality, affordable health coverage to help them stay healthy and live longer. Yet, nearly 30% of people living with HIV currently have no health insurance. Many of these individuals are African Americans, who are disproportionately impacted by the HIV epidemic. As this new HHS report notes: 95% of uninsured African…

Health centers to help uninsured Americans gain affordable health insurance coverage

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$58 million to provide expanded enrollment assistance Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius today announced $58 million in grants to 1,157 health centers across the nation currently working to enroll uninsured Americans in new health insurance coverage options made available by the Affordable Care Act. With these funds, health centers can expand their…

Secretary Sebelius’ Statement for World AIDS Day 2013

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When the World Health Organization established the first World AIDS Day on December 1, 1988, treatment options for people living with HIV were practically nonexistent, and AIDS was almost invariably fatal. Hope was in short supply, and there seemed to be little reason for optimism. I am grateful that the world is a very different…