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First-ever CMS Innovation Center pilot project to test improving patients’ health by addressing their social needs

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$157 million in funding will bridge clinical care with social services The Department of Health and Human Services today announced a new funding opportunity of up to $157 million to test whether screening beneficiaries for health-related social needs and associated referrals to and navigation of community-based services will improve quality and affordability in Medicare and…

New EEOC Publication on HIV/AIDS and Employment Discrimination

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To help educate job applicants and employees living with HIV of their employment non-discrimination rights, late last month the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) released a new publication, “What You Should Know About HIV/AIDS and Employment Discrimination.” The EEOC, which enforces federal laws prohibiting employment discrimination, had committed to developing and disseminating such materials…

Make a Resolution to Learn More about the Affordable Care Act: Upcoming Webinars

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The 2016 Health Insurance Marketplace open enrollment period runs until the end of January, and across the country Americans are enrolling in affordable, quality health care coverage. Several upcoming webinars will highlight the open enrollment period and how to engage individuals at risk for and living with HIV, as well as other populations: Affordable Care Act…

HRSA’s Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program Releases First Annual Client-Level Data Report

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The Health Resources and Services Administration’s (HRSA) HIV/AIDS Bureau released today its inaugural publication of national Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program (RWHAP) client-level data collected through the Ryan White Services Report (RSR). This dataset is the HIV/AIDS Bureau’s primary source of annual, de-identified data about the people who received services from the nearly 2,000 funding recipients…

“We Are Family” Highlights Critical Role Support Plays For Those Living with HIV

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When Masonia was diagnosed with HIV, her childhood best friend, Crystal, was one of the first people she told. “I wanted her to know she could talk to me about anything, and I would not judge her,” says Crystal recalling that day. Since that day, Crystal has been a constant source of support for Masonia,…

Approaches to Eliminating Perinatal HBV Transmission – Report from an HHS Technical Consultation

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One of the four overarching goals of the Action Plan for the Prevention, Care, and Treatment of Viral Hepatitis (Action Plan) is the elimination of mother-to-child transmission of HBV. To advance our efforts toward that goal, in September 2015, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) convened a one-day technical consultation, bringing together over…

Giving and Getting the Gift of Health Care

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Summary: This holiday season, Douglas Brooks shares his gratitude for quality health care, living with HIV over the last 25 years. I was diagnosed with HIV 25 years ago. At the time, there was little hope. When I mentioned to my doctor that I was afraid, he, also a gay man, replied: “We all are.” …

CDC Syringe Services Programs Statement

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Congress has given states and local communities, under limited circumstances, the opportunity to use federal funds to support certain components of syringe services programs. These programs provide sterile injection equipment and may also link individuals to services including HIV and hepatitis C testing and care for those infected, substance abuse treatment, and overdose prevention. Outbreaks…