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HHS Secretary Sebelius statement observing LGBT Pride Month

Kathleen Sebelius

At the Department of Health and Human Services, we are committed to ensuring that members of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) community have access to quality, affordable health care and enjoy the same rights and protections that all Americans expect and deserve. This year, as we celebrate LGBT Pride Month, we take a…

New USPSTF Recommendation on Hepatitis B Screening for People at High-Risk

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On Monday, May 26th, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (Task Force)  published its final recommendation statement on screening for hepatitis B virus (HBV) infection in individuals at high risk. This recommendation includes adults and adolescents who are not pregnant and who have not been vaccinated, as well as other individuals at high risk for…

Commemorating International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia

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Today of all days, we are reminded that the cause of justice can and must triumph over hatred and prejudice. This is a day of action for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) communities and their allies all over the world. It is time to reaffirm our commitment to the equality and dignity of all…

Webinar Invitation: The ACA and LGBT Individuals—Delivering Culturally Competent Quality Care in Clinical Settings

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On May 20, 2014, the Office of HIV/AIDS and Infectious Disease Policy (OHAIDP) will host a webinar to present best practices in caring for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) clients in the clinical setting, particularly those at risk for or living with HIV/AIDS and viral hepatitis. The Affordable Care Act (ACA) is providing new…

Black Voices: Youth are Reigniting the Flame

Anthony Roberts, Jr.

The Young Black Gay Men’s Leadership Initiative (YBGLI)  seeks to change the status quo surrounding the issues that disproportionately affect young Black gay men of color. On April 2-4, 2014 the Initiative held its second Policy & Advocacy Summit (PAS), planned and facilitated by the Organizing Committee (OC) comprised of nine young Black gay men under…

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…