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USCA 2013 Federal Plenary on the Affordable Care Act

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At the conclusion of their plenary session at the recent 2013 U.S. Conference on AIDS, Dr. Grant Colfax, Director of the White House Office of National AIDS Policy (ONAP) had the opportunity to visit with some of the federal HIV/AIDS leaders who presented during a plenary session that explored how implementation of the Affordable Care…

Obamacare and LGBT Health

Kathleen Sebelius

Throughout the administration, we operate on the fundamental belief that every American deserves equal opportunity, equal protection, and equal rights under the law. That’s why the Affordable Care Act is so important for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) Americans. The health care law prevents health insurance companies from charging anyone a higher premium just…

Recognizing National HIV/AIDS and Aging Awareness Day 2013

National HIV/AIDS and Aging Awareness Day new logo

Today is National HIV/AIDS and Aging Awareness Day (NHAAAD). This year’s theme for NHAAAD is Aging is a part of life: HIV doesn’t have to be. Whether you are 50+ and living with HIV yourself, or you are taking care of someone older who does, NHAAAD provides an opportunity to bring attention to the complex…

The Affordable Care Act and American Indians and Alaska Natives

Dr. Yvette Roubideaux

Editor’s Note: Those of us working to address the HIV/AIDS epidemic in the U.S. join Dr. Roubideaux and all our partners in Native communities across the country in promoting access to quality health care as part of ongoing efforts to ensure that the estimated 3,194 American Indians and Alaska Natives living with HIV and all…

U.S. Conference on AIDS 2013 – Highlights from Final Day

Moises Agosoto

The 2013 U.S. Conference on AIDS (USCA) came to a close yesterday with a plenary session on the implementation of the Affordable Care Act, a much discussed topic throughout the four-day conference. Among the observations shared by a diverse panel were: The healthcare law extends important civil rights protections that can be helpful in addressing…

U.S. Conference on AIDS 2013 – Highlights from Day 3

Mondo

Some of yesterday’s highlights from the 2013 U.S. Conference on AIDS (USCA): The Importance of Patient-Provider Conversations Addressing a vital aspect of retention in HIV care during a plenary session, acclaimed photographer Duane Cramer and fashion designer Mondo Guerra from Project Runway—both of whom are living with HIV— highlighted the importance of continued open and…

U.S. Conference on AIDS 2013 – Highlights from Day 2

Phill Wilson

The annual U.S. Conference on AIDS (USCA) continued yesterday, Monday, September 9, 2013, in New Orleans with a rich series of sessions on topics addressing many aspects of the HIV care continuum. The Engagement Challenge: Step-Up and Lead President Obama’s July 2013 Executive Order creating the HIV Care Continuum Initiative called upon federal agencies and…

U.S. Conference on AIDS 2013 – Highlights from Day 1

USCA Federal Panel

The annual U.S. Conference on AIDS (USCA) opened yesterday, Sunday, September 8, 2013 in New Orleans. Organized by the National Minority AIDS Council (NMAC), the conference has drawn more than 1,700 stakeholders from all fronts of the HIV/AIDS epidemic—from case managers and physicians, to public health workers and advocates, people living with HIV/AIDS, and policymakers…