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Social Work and HIV/AIDS

Sanford E. Gaylord

Social workers have always been critical to our nation’s response to HIV. In working to connect newly diagnosed people to HIV care and to help people to stay in care, social workers are now helping to make the goals of the National HIV/AIDS Strategy (NHAS) real. Social workers, like others, also have a role in…

Stakeholder Input Vital to Extension of Viral Hepatitis Action Plan

Daniel Raymond

The recent announcement by Assistant Secretary for Health Dr. Howard Koh that the federal government’s Action Plan for the Prevention, Care and Treatment of Viral Hepatitis will be renewed for another three years is welcome news, as is the invitation from HHS for stakeholders to offer input on what should be included, expanded, or changed…

Increasing Flexibility for Ryan White Grantees Making 75/25 Core Medical Services Waiver Requests

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Last week, HRSA published a Final Notice in the Federal Register, and invited comments, amending the uniform standards for requesting a core medical services waiver for fiscal year (FY) 2014 and beyond. This revision provides Ryan White grantees more flexibility in the timeframe for applying for waivers. The change in the standards will allow grantees…

The Future of Health Department HIV and Hepatitis Programs

Dawn Fukaad

    For perhaps the first time in history, the end of HIV/AIDS and hepatitis is within our reach. Recent notable achievements provide promise for success, among them the release of the National HIV/AIDS Strategy (NHAS) and the Viral Hepatitis Action Plan (VHAP) and the passage of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Collectively, these achievements have…

$1 Billion Health Care Innovation Awards Initiative Includes Opportunities for Models to Improve Care for PLWHA

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Last week, U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius announced a nearly $1 billion initiative that will fund grant awards and evaluation to build on the Obama administration’s work to transform the health care system by delivering better care and lowering costs for taxpayers and patients. The Health Care Innovation Awards are funded by…

A Simpler Way to Apply for Health Care

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Today, we take one more step toward meeting the promise of helping millions of Americans access quality, affordable health coverage. We have finalized the application you can complete later this year to learn what health insurance programs you are eligible for and the discounts to help pay for it. Starting in October, it will be…

White House to Host Baltimore Meeting

National HIV/AIDS Strategy: More Information

As we posted last week, the White House Office of National AIDS Policy (ONAP) has been hosting a series of regional meetings to discuss implementation of the National HIV/AIDS Strategy (NHAS) and the Affordable Care Act (ACA). This blog post from Grant Colfax, ONAP Director, provides information on those meetings. The next meeting will take…

CMS Announces Opportunity to Apply for Marketplace Navigator Grants

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“Navigator” program will help consumers understand new coverage options as they enroll in new Marketplaces Editor’s Note: On April 9, CMS released the Navigators Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) below. “Navigators” are individuals and entities that will provide unbiased information to consumers about health insurance, the new Health Insurance Marketplace, qualified health plans, and public programs…