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HHS announces important Medicare information for people in same-sex marriages

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Today, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced that the Social Security Administration (SSA) is now able to process requests for Medicare Part A and Part B Special Enrollment Periods, and reductions in Part B and premium Part A late enrollment penalties for certain eligible people in same-sex marriages. This is another step…

LGBT Health Awareness Week

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This week is the annual observance of LGBT Health Awareness Week and we wanted to share the following two cross-posts: From HHS:  Secretary Kathleen Sebelius’ statement Observing LGBT Health Awareness Week From the White House blog: Dr. Biden Meets with LGBT Americans Benefiting from the Affordable Care Act

Making Health Care Coverage More Accessible and Equitable For Same-Sex Couples

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On March 14, 2014, the Department of Health and Human Services took one more step toward making health care coverage more accessible and equitable for married same-sex couples. Already, thanks to the Affordable Care Act, more than 4.2 million people have signed up for private health insurance plans through the Health Insurance Marketplace. Marketplace plans…

New Toolkit Helps Healthcare Providers Integrate Sexual Health into Patient-Centered Care

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Sexual health is an essential part of every individual’s overall health and well-being, and primary health care professionals should ask about a patient’s sexual history as part of their comprehensive health history during primary care visits. But in busy healthcare practices, it is not uncommon for providers to skip the sexual history unless a patient…

Conversations from CROI 2014: CDC’s Dr. Jonathan Mermin

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While at the 2014 Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections (CROI) this week, I was pleased to sit down with Dr. Jonathan Mermin, Director of CDC’s Center for HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis, STD, and TB Prevention (NCHHSTP). Given that the HIV care continuum has been a topic of significant interest here at the conference, Dr. Mermin…

U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Seeks Comment on its Draft Recommendation Statement on Hepatitis B Screening for High-Risk Adults

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This week, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force  (USPSTF) issued its draft recommendation statement pertaining to hepatitis B screening, recommending screening people who are at high risk for hepatitis B infection. Before finalizing the recommendation, the USPSTF is inviting public comments on the draft statement until March 10, 2014. The Task Force is an independent group…

A Personal Perspective from Dr. Timothy Harrison

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Many of our colleagues in the HIV/AIDS field have both personal and professional commitments to their work formed by diverse life experiences that continue to inspire them. As we observe National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day, we are pleased to share another personal reflection from one such colleague: my longtime officemate Dr. Timothy Harrison. Tim is…

Sharpening Our Focus on Black MSM Vital to Meeting National Goals

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As we observe National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day (NBHAAD) 2014, we are reminded that African Americans face the most severe burden of HIV/AIDS in the United States. Among African Americans, gay, bisexual and other men who have sex with men (Black MSM) are especially hard hit, representing more than half of all estimated new HIV infections…

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