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About 137 million individuals with private insurance are guaranteed access to free preventive services

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Nationwide, about 137 million individuals, including 55 million women and 28 million children, have private health insurance that covers recommended preventive services without cost sharing, according to a new ASPE Data Point from the Department of Health and Human Services. Under the Affordable Care Act, most health plans are required to provide coverage for recommended…

New ACA Guidance Addresses Preventive Services Coverage Requirements for Transgender Individuals

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The U.S. Departments of Health and Human Services, Labor, and the Treasury issued new guidance on May 11th, clarifying consumers’ rights to coverage of preventive services under the Affordable Care Act, including the rights of transgender individuals who have historically experienced inequities in access to health care services. The ACA requires that a set of…

HHS announces $101 million in Affordable Care Act funding to 164 new community health centers

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Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia M. Burwell announced on May 5 approximately $101 million in Affordable Care Act funding to 164 new health center sites in 33 states and two U.S. Territories for the delivery of comprehensive primary health care services in communities that need them most.  These new health centers are projected to…

Today is Deadline to #GetCovered During Tax Season Special Enrollment Period

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The Health Insurance Marketplace is providing individuals and families who paid the fee for not having health coverage when they filed their 2014 taxes with one more chance to get covered for the remainder of 2015. You must enroll by today, April 30, if you want to get covered. Earlier this week, HHS shared message,…

April 30 Is Deadline for Tax Season Special Enrollment Period for Gaining Health Coverage through Marketplace

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The Health Insurance Marketplace is providing individuals and families who paid the fee for not having health coverage when they filed their 2014 taxes with one last chance to get covered for 2015. Earlier this week, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a statement reminding people that April 30, 2015 is the…

Stop STIs: Six Steps to Safer Sex

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Whether you call them sexually transmitted infections (STIs) or sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), one thing is true: Women are at risk of infection. Not only does a woman’s anatomy make her vulnerable to STIs, women are less likely to have symptoms than men. Untreated STIs can lead to serious health issues, including infertility, cancer, and…

CMS Announces Opportunity to Apply for Navigator Grants in Federally-facilitated and State Partnership Marketplaces

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Navigator awards extend to three years to provide stability and assistance to consumers as they enroll in coverage The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced today the availability of funding to support Navigators in Federally-facilitated Marketplaces (FFM), including State Partnership Marketplaces. The Affordable Care Act is working for millions of Americans who are…

Mental Health Parity Proposed Rule for Medicaid and CHIP

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Editor’s Note: The National HIV/AIDS Strategy calls for increased support for people living with HIV/AIDS who have co-occurring conditions such as mental illness and drug or alcohol addiction, as part of a concerted national effort to get and keep people living with HIV into care. This proposed rule, as well as provisions in the Affordable…