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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…

Sexual Health Resources Available for STD Awareness Month

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April is STD Awareness Month, an annual observance to raise public awareness about the impact of sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) on the lives of Americans and the importance of preventing, testing for, and treating STDs. There is a strong connection between STDs and HIV, as the behaviors and circumstances that put people at risk for…

Take Action to be Ready and Resilient

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April 30 is America’s first PrepareAthon!, a national day of action for individuals, organizations, and communities to become better prepared to withstand disasters. The PrepareAthon! is an opportunity for people living with HIV as well as the agencies that serve them to be sure they are well prepared for the emergencies or disasters most likely…

Conversation with Douglas Brooks, New Director of ONAP

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He had only been on the job for a week, but when Mr. Douglas Brooks stopped by HHS last week to attend the launch of the updated Viral Hepatitis Action Plan, we sat down with him for a brief conversation. President Obama appointed Mr. Brooks to serve as Director of the Office of National AIDS Policy (ONAP)…

Open Enrollment is over: Here are some options

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Open Enrollment in the Health Insurance Marketplace is closed for 2014, but you may still have options to get health coverage this year. And if you joined the millions of Americans who have already signed up for Marketplace coverage, we can help you learn how to use it. Your options after March 31, 2014 The next open…

Black Voices: Youth are Reigniting the Flame

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The Young Black Gay Men’s Leadership Initiative (YBGLI)  seeks to change the status quo surrounding the issues that disproportionately affect young Black gay men of color. On April 2-4, 2014 the Initiative held its second Policy & Advocacy Summit (PAS), planned and facilitated by the Organizing Committee (OC) comprised of nine young Black gay men under…

Affordable Care Act Enrollment Tips: Qualifying Life Events

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The initial open enrollment period in the Health Insurance Marketplace closed on March 31, 2014 and the next open enrollment period will be between November 15, 2014 and February 15, 2015. But did you know that some life events may qualify you to enroll in private health insurance coverage through the Marketplace outside of the…