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The Affordable Care Act: The Essential Role of Community Health Centers

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Editor’s Note: Learn more! Read about HHS’ new awards for health centers to improve care coordination and become patient-centered medical homes, and download a HRSA Health Center Program fact sheet [PDF 255 KB] on Health Centers and the ACA. Health centers have played an essential role in the implementation of the Affordable Care Act and continue…

Ending LGBT Clinical Bias

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Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people continue to experience discrimination in health care – underscoring the need for a dramatic shift in attitudes for a long-stigmatized minority and more behavioral health specialists working in primary care clinics. Not only does providing primary and behavioral health services in a single setting improve patient outcomes, said HRSA…

Lose your health insurance? You may be able to enroll now

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If you recently lost health insurance coverage, you may be able to enroll in Marketplace coverage with a Special Enrollment Period. Health insurance losses that may qualify for a Special Enrollment Period Loss of job-based insurance: You may qualify if your employer stopped offering health insurance, or you left a job where you had health…

The Role of PrEP in HIV Prevention for Black Women: Power in Service

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Editor’s Note: We are pleased to bring you this guest blog post from the Black Women’s Health Imperative. Be sure to check out their Let’s Talk About PrEP campaign. “When I dare to be powerful, to use my strength in the service of my vision, then it becomes less and less important whether I am…

Putting HIV Science into Practice: What Public Health Educators Must Do

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Since the very first international AIDS meeting took place in Atlanta in 1985, these gatherings have provided an important venue for exploring the science surrounding the global AIDS epidemic. What do we know about the virus? What steps can we take to prevent its spread and reach those who are most vulnerable to infection? How…

FDA Seeks Public Comment on Blood Donor Deferral Policy

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Editor’s Note:Here is a guest blog from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). On July 26, 2016, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a notice in the Federal Register titled “Blood Donor Deferral Policy for Reducing the Risk of Human Immunodeficiency Virus Transmission by Blood and Blood Products.” FDA issued a Final Guidance in…

The White House – New Release: Data on National HIV/AIDS Strategy Indicators

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Summary: On the anniversary of our National HIV/AIDS Strategy, ONAP is releasing the latest available data on the Strategy’s indicators of progress. Summary of New Data Today, on the anniversary of the National HIV/AIDS Strategy, ONAP is releasing an updated version of the Indicator Supplement [PDF 481 KB], which outlines everything you want to know…

Having a baby? You may be able to get or change health insurance outside Open Enrollment

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If you recently had or adopted a baby, you may qualify for a Special Enrollment Period. This means you can apply and enroll in or change Marketplace health plans outside Open Enrollment. When you enroll in a plan during a Special Enrollment Period, your new health coverage can begin the day your baby is born…