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An Invitation to Health Care Providers to “Break the Silence” around Viral Hepatitis

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As part of our continued effort to increase awareness about the updated Action Plan for the Prevention, Care, and Treatment of Viral Hepatitis (2014-2016), Assistant Secretary for Health Dr. Howard Koh and Deputy Assistant Secretary for Health Dr. Ronald Valdiserri have co-authored an “Ideas and Opinions”  piece for the April 29, 2014 issue of the Annals…

May Is Hepatitis Awareness Month

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Throughout May, during this year’s observance of Hepatitis Awareness Month, federal colleagues from across the U.S. Departments of Health and Human Services, Housing and Urban Development, Justice, and Veterans Affairs will be engaged in a variety of activities to increase awareness—among the public and healthcare providers—about viral hepatitis. Federal partners will be working to raise…

HUD Awards $29 Million To 26 Local HIV-AIDS Housing Programs

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Funding supports stable housing for individuals and families at risk for homelessness The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announced $29 million in grants to assist more than 1,200 extremely low-income persons and families living with HIV/AIDS annually. This funding will provide these households with a stable living environment, which is essential to…

A Re-examination of HIV-Specific Criminal Laws

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A recently published review of HIV-specific state criminal laws by colleagues from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) examines the prevalence and characteristics of laws that criminalize potential HIV exposure in the 50 states and the District of Columbia and discusses the implications of these laws…

Fighting a Silent Epidemic: Viral Hepatitis in the African American Community

J. Nadine Gracia

Editor’s note: During the observance of Minority Health Month, we are pleased to share a guest post from Dr. Nadine Gracia highlighting activities to address one of the racial/ethnic health disparities in viral hepatitis. Viral hepatitis is sometimes referred to as a silent epidemic, one that leads to more than 17,000 deaths in the U.S….

How to use your new Medicaid or CHIP coverage

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Now that you’ve joined the millions of Americans enrolled in the Medicaid program or the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), it’s important to use your new coverage. If you have questions, contact your state Medicaid or CHIP agency. When you visit these two pages, just scroll down and select your state from the menu at the bottom. Here are…

Opportunity for Public Comment: Proposed Additions to the List of Conditions Captured by Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services’ Chronic Conditions Warehouse Include HIV/AIDS

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On April 17, 2014, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a request for public comment on a list of conditions and their related identification algorithms, which CMS proposes to add to its Chronic Conditions Warehouse (CCW). The public comment period will close on April 25, 2014. The CCW is a database designed…

Women Living with HIV and Healthy Pregnancies

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Many women living with HIV wonder if they can have healthy pregnancies. Happily, the answer is yes: With good medical care, women with HIV can have healthy, HIV-negative babies and be strong and healthy parents. The first step is for women who are HIV-positive to have a candid talk with their HIV provider about whether…