HIV Policy & Programs

Medicare Open Enrollment Underway through December 7


Medicare, the federal health insurance program for people age 65 and older and younger adults with permanent disabilities, is an important source of health coverage for people with HIV.  An estimated 120,000 Medicare beneficiaries are living with HIV. Medicare health and drug plans can make changes each year—things like cost, coverage, and what providers and…

More Than 70 Percent of Consumers Can Find Marketplace Plans for Less than $75 Per Month

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With Start of Window Shopping, Americans Can Now Check Out Options for 2017 Coverage With window shopping beginning today, Health Insurance Marketplace consumers can now visit to check out their options for 2017 coverage in advance of the start of Open Enrollment on November 1. A new report released today shows that 72 percent…

HHS awards $2.3 billion in grants to help Americans access HIV/AIDS care and medications


Today, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced nearly $2.3 billion in Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program grants awarded to cities, states, and local community-based organizations in fiscal year (FY) 2016. This funding supports a coordinated and comprehensive system of care that provides lifesaving HIV health care, support services, and essential medications to…

The CDC’s Gay Dance Video about HIV is Fabulous


The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has taken the unprecedented step of producing a music video to educate gay men about the many HIV prevention options available to them, and it is foot-stomping fabulous. The song, “Collect My Love,” was released last year by The Knocks, and it features vocals by the inimitable…

EEOC Files 2 HIV-related Employment Discrimination Suits

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The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), one of the federal agencies engaged in implementing the National HIV/AIDS Strategy, recently announced that it has filed two HIV discrimination lawsuits. EEOC is responsible for enforcing federal laws against employment discrimination. The suits allege two Texas employers violated federal law by engaging in disability-related discrimination based on HIV…

A personal perspective about new data on behavioral health patterns in the LGB community

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Editor’s Note: Richard Wolitski, Ph.D., Director, Office of HIV/AIDS and Infectious Disease Policy, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services We know that homophobia and discrimination take a toll on the lives and health of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) women and men. Homophobia and discrimination create negative ripple effects that can cause LGBT…

13.8 million Americans expected to select Marketplace plans during the upcoming Open Enrollment

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Secretary Burwell describes improvements in the Health Insurance Marketplace, its role in a better health care system for all Americans, and this year’s data-driven outreach efforts U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Sylvia M. Burwell today announced that she expects 13.8 million individuals to sign up for coverage through the Marketplaces during…

The Power of NLAAD

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October 15  is National Latinx* AIDS Awareness Day (NLAAD), which takes place on the last day of National Hispanic Heritage Month . It’s a good time to review the current impact of HIV on Latinos/Hispanics in the United States and to consider the steps we need to take to end the epidemic in our community….