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ICYMI – White House’s Brooks Discusses 2016 Priorities for Implementing the National HIV/AIDS Strategy

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In case you missed it, in a recent blog post and series of brief video conversations , Mr. Douglas Brooks, MSW, Director of the White House Office of National AIDS Policy (ONAP), shared his thoughts about priorities for advancing the National HIV/AIDS Strategy in 2016. In his video conversations with OMB’s Jamal Brown, Mr. Brooks…

Justice Department Settles with Alabama Moving Company Over Hepatitis-C Discrimination

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The Justice Department reached an agreement today with Kemper Moving Systems Inc., a Huntsville, Alabama, franchise of Two Men and a Truck, to resolve allegations that the moving company violated the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) when it refused service because of a customer’s Hepatitis-C. Under the terms of a two-year consent decree filed today…

FDA approves Zepatier for treatment of chronic hepatitis C genotypes 1 and 4

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The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today approved Zepatier (elbasvir and grazoprevir) with or without ribavirin for the treatment of chronic hepatitis C virus (HCV) genotypes 1 and 4 infections in adult patients. Hepatitis C is a viral disease that causes inflammation of the liver that can lead to diminished liver function or liver failure….

What Drives Me? Getting to an AIDS-Free Generation

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Recently, I had the chance to sit down with my good friend and colleague, Jamal Brown, Press Secretary for the White House Office of Management and Budget, to talk about priorities for achieving the goals of the National HIV/AIDS Strategy through 2016 and my personal connection to HIV/AIDS work. Check out our chat here:

The Open Enrollment Clock is Ticking: Help Eligible Individuals Get Covered by Jan. 31

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Uninsured Americans have until January 31 to enroll in a 2016 qualified health plan. Many staff at Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program sites and elsewhere are working to assist people living with HIV in getting covered. How many people have enrolled so far? More than 11.6 million people are signed up nationwide through the Health Insurance…

Last chance to sign up for 2016 health coverage is January 31

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Time is running out if you still need health coverage for 2016. Only a few days remain before the final January 31 deadline to enroll at HealthCare.gov. IMPORTANT If you miss the deadline, you may have to wait another year to sign up for coverage and you’ll risk being required to pay a penalty of $695…

Register Today for Webinar on Viral Hepatitis: Opportunities for Faith-based Groups

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NOTE: This webinar has been postponed. Watch this blog for an update on the new date and time. The HHS Center for Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships (Partnership Center) and the Office of HIV/AIDS and Infectious Disease Policy (OHAIDP) are co-sponsoring a webinar before the open enrollment period for 2016 coverage from the Health Insurance Marketplace closes…

Seizing the Opportunity to “End the Scourge of HIV/AIDS

Richard J. Wolitski, Ph.D., Acting Director, Office of HIV/AIDS and Infectious Disease Policy, HHS

“Right now, we’re on track to end the scourge of HIV/AIDS. That’s within our grasp.”—President Barack Obama The power of those words really struck me when I heard President Obama say them in his final State of the Union address last week. I’ve wanted to believe that this was possible for the 30 years I’ve been…