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LGBT Health Awareness Week – Addressing LGBT Health Disparities Across the Board

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When President Obama, joined by leaders throughout his Administration and in Congress, fought to pass the Affordable Care Act, he did it for one overwhelming reason: to ensure that every American has access to quality, affordable health care. He did it knowing that there were – and continue to be – groups facing significant health…

Delivery System Reform: Making Health Care Work Better for Everyone

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Summary: The Affordable Care Act gives us the tools to build a health care system that puts patients at the center. In the six years since President Obama signed the Affordable Care Act, we’ve made important progress to bring more access to quality, affordable health care. Today, 20 million more Americans have insurance because of…

HHS awards $94 million to health centers to help treat the prescription opioid abuse and heroin epidemic in America

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Today, Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Sylvia M. Burwell announced $94 million in Affordable Care Act funding to 271 health centers in 45 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico to improve and expand the delivery of substance abuse services in health centers, with a specific focus on treatment of opioid use disorders…

20 million people have gained health insurance coverage because of the Affordable Care Act, new estimates show

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More than 6 million uninsured young adults have gained health insurance coverage since 2010 A new report released today finds that the provisions of the Affordable Care Act have resulted in an estimated 20 million people gaining health insurance coverage between the passage of the law in 2010 and early 2016—an historic reduction in the…

Women and HIV: Essential Reads!

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For the March 10 observance of  National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day (NWGHAAD), here are recent developments in HIV prevention, care and treatment, research, and policy to inform your conversations around women’s health. Vaginal Ring Provides Partial Protection from HIV in Large Multinational Trial (February 22, 2016): This post shares the results of NIH-funded…

Celebrating the Legacies of Black History and the Quest for Better Health

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As we continue to celebrate Black History Month and the legacy of black history as part of our American history, we reflect upon the legacy of the National Urban League which has been saving our cities for over a century, focusing on the economic empowerment of African Americans and other underserved communities. With its 90…

Have a “qualifying life event”? You may be eligible for a Special Enrollment Period.

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Open Enrollment for a 2016 Marketplace health plan is over. But in some cases, you may still be able to get health insurance for 2016. If you experience a qualifying event for health insurance — like getting married, having a baby, or losing other coverage — you may be eligible for a Special Enrollment Period….

No health coverage in 2015? Find out if you have to pay a fee.

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Most people who didn’t have qualifying health coverage in 2015 must either pay a fee or get a “health coverage exemption.” Exemptions are available based on a number of circumstances, like certain hardships, some life events, health coverage or financial status, and membership in some groups. If you qualify and get an exemption, you don’t have to pay the…