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Promising Approaches to Improving Outcomes along the HCV Continuum of Care

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There is a great deal of work being done across the country to improve care for those infected with hepatitis C. This work has been reinvigorated in recent years by new tools that hold great promise, including new HCV treatments that have the potential to cure over 90% of all individuals with HCV infection as…

HHS & NIH Seek Public Comments on LGBT Health

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There are two opportunities to offer public comment on plans to better understand and improve the health and wellness of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) Americans. These federal plans include but extend beyond HIV, addressing many other health concerns of the LGBT community. NIH LGBT Research Strategic Plan The National Institutes of Health (NIH)…

HHS awards $2.2 billion in grants for HIV/AIDS care and medications

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Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia M. Burwell announced today that more than $2.2 billion in Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program grants was awarded in fiscal year (FY) 2015 to cities, states and local community-based organizations. This funding supports a coordinated and comprehensive system of care to ensure that more than half a million people living…

#GetCovered: Share Your Story

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The Affordable Care Act (ACA) has helped millions of Americans—including people at risk for and living with HIV and/or viral hepatitis—access the health care coverage they need to stay healthy. Now, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) wants to hear from you. Whether you’ve just enrolled in health coverage through the Health…

FY’15 Secretary’s Minority AIDS Initiative Fund Awards

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With Fiscal Year 2015 (FY15) just concluded, I wanted to share highlights of the awards made under the Secretary’s Minority AIDS Initiative Fund (SMAIF), which are supporting many activities that will unfold during FY16.  A total of $52.2 million was awarded to support 31 initiatives across 10 HHS Operating Divisions (OpDivs) and Staff Offices to…

Every Dose, Every Day (TM): New Tool to Improve Medication Adherence

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Editor’s Note: The Centers for Disease Control has developed a new digital toolkit to promote medical adherence. This online resource includes a mobile app and can be used by providers as well as people living with HIV. CDC recently published the Every Dose, Every DayTM toolkit online. This toolkit offers assistance to both health care…

10 million people expected to have Marketplace coverage at end of 2016

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HHS aims to sign up more than 1 out of every 4 uninsured consumers eligible for coverage U.S. Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Sylvia M. Burwell announced today that she expects 10 million individuals to be enrolled in coverage through the Health Insurance Marketplaces and paying their premiums – so-called effectuated coverage – at…

Integrating Hepatitis Services into HIV Programs: NACCHO Shares the Local Health Department Perspective at USCA

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On September 10-13, the 19th Annual United States Conference on AIDS (USCA)  was held in Washington, DC. USCA brings together public health workers, advocates, policy makers, and people living with HIV to share strategies and ideas for how to tackle the HIV epidemic. The conference theme, “The numbers don’t lie: It’s time to end disparities,”…