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No health coverage in 2015? Find out if you have to pay a fee.

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Most people who didn’t have qualifying health coverage in 2015 must either pay a fee or get a “health coverage exemption.” Exemptions are available based on a number of circumstances, like certain hardships, some life events, health coverage or financial status, and membership in some groups. If you qualify and get an exemption, you don’t have to pay the…

Improving Access to Mental Health Services

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Editor’s Note: Mental health and substance use disorders can put individuals at greater risk for HIV infection and, for those living with HIV, can make engagement in HIV care and adherence to treatment more challenging. Visit our HIV/AIDS Basics page for more information on mental health and HIV. Summary: The President’s FY 2017 Budget proposes…

Addressing the Burden of HIV Infection in Young Black Men

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February 7th marked the annual observance of National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day (NBHAAD) . Led by the Strategic Leadership Council, this initiative was designed to increase HIV education, testing, community involvement, and treatment among black communities across the nation. Even with this national health observance and other efforts, findings from a new CDC study support the…

HepCure: Free Hepatitis C App Available for Patients and Providers to Connect and Cure

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimate that more than half of all people living with hepatitis C in the U.S. are unaware of their infection and only 9% have been successfully treated and cured, despite the availability of well-tolerated curative treatments for the past several years. A major priority of the Action Plan…

In Appreciation of Dr. Ron Valdiserri’s 27 Years of Federal Service

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At the end of 2015, we bid farewell to Dr. Ron Valdiserri, who retired from an exemplary career in Federal service. Over many years, Ron played key roles in the Federal responses to HIV and viral hepatitis, most recently as Deputy Assistant Secretary for Health, Infectious Diseases, and the Director of the HHS Office of…

Form 1095-A and your 2015 federal income taxes

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If you (or anyone in your household) had a Marketplace health plan for 2015, keep an eye out for Form 1095-A, Health Insurance Marketplace Statement in the mail. It should arrive through the U.S. mail by mid-February, and it’ll also appear online in your Marketplace account. You’ll need it to file your 2015 federal income…

The President’s Budget, Investing in our Updated National HIV/AIDS Strategy

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Summary: How does President Obama’s final budget request prioritize the needs of people living with and at high risk of HIV? Yesterday, the President released his Fiscal Year 2017 Budget in which he shows our continued focus on the biggest challenges facing the Nation, not just for the coming year but for decades to come….

Enhancing the Lives of Americans Living With HIV/AIDS, and Fighting the HIV/AIDS Epidemic

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Editor’s Note: President Obama released his Fiscal Year 2017 budget proposal today. The White House also issued this fact sheet to highlight the budget’s investment in domestic HIV/AIDS activities across federal departments and agencies. Meeting Our Greatest Challenges: The President’s Fiscal Year 2017 Budget Under the President’s leadership, we have turned our economy around and…