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LGBT Outreach for Marketplace Special Enrollment Periods

Even though Open Enrollment has ended, certain life events qualify individuals to enroll in a Marketplace health plan outside Open Enrollment (learn more about the life events that qualify you for a Special Enrollment Period in the Health Insurance). As part of ongoing efforts to raise awareness of what life events qualify individuals for special…

Pride in our Progress

Since Pride Month 2013, much has happened that we can be proud of. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), the Department of Health and Human Services, and the entire nation have made enormous progress regarding the health and welfare of America’s Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) community. These changes include the expansion…

HHS Secretary Sebelius statement observing LGBT Pride Month

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

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

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

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

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

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…