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LGBT Americans: Time to Enroll in Health Coverage!

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The 2016 open enrollment season has begun. Through January 31, 2016, you can apply for a 2016 health plan, renew your current plan, or pick a new plan through the Health Insurance Marketplace. This is important news for all Americans, including those who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender (LGBT). On average, LGBT Americans…

Federal Agencies Continue Work to Develop NHAS Action Plan

The White House

Since the National HIV/AIDS Strategy: Updated to 2020 [PDF 2,230 KB] was released in late July, representatives of 10 federal agencies plus the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission have been working within their departments as well as collaboratively across agencies to identify the action steps that will be taken to implement the Strategy. In addition, the Department…

FDA approves new treatment for HIV

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The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today approved Genvoya (a fixed-dose combination tablet containing elvitegravir, cobicistat, emtricitabine, and tenofovir alafenamide) as a complete regimen for the treatment of HIV-1 infection in adults and pediatric patients 12 years of age and older. The CDC estimates that 1.2 million persons ages 13 years and older are living…

Prescription Drugs: Advancing Ideas to Improve Access, Affordability, and Innovation

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Recently, prescription drugs have been in the news a lot, particularly with respect to their cost.  Millions of Americans rely on prescription medications to manage chronic illnesses or treat acute conditions, and drug innovation has resulted in better health outcomes for people across our nation. Because of this, finding ways to improve affordability and access…

World AIDS Day 2015: The Time to Act Is Now

The White House

Summary: The U.S. government theme for World AIDS Day 2015 will be “The Time to Act Is Now” We are pleased to announce the theme for World AIDS Day 2015: The Time to Act Is Now. There is no better time than World AIDS Day to recommit ourselves to achieving an AIDS-free generation. This year,…

Round-Up: 2016 Open Enrollment Begins and Other ACA News

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Over the past week, there have been several important developments with the Affordable Care Act. Montana Becomes the 30th State to Expand Medicaid Secretary Burwell announces that Montana opts to expand Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act, bringing much-needed access to health care coverage to low-income Montanans. Open Enrollment for 2016 Marketplace Coverage Began November…

Data Provide Insight to Improve Adolescents’ Health

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Young adults face the highest rates of sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) in the United States. Here are the eye-opening facts: Young adults aged 15 to 24 account for half of the 20 million new STDs that occur in the U.S. each year. [PDF 1,604 KB] As compared to other groups, women aged 15 to 24…

Preparing for World AIDS Day 2015: Video Message from Dr. Ron Valdiserri

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As the HIV community here in the U.S. and around the globe prepares to commemorate World AIDS Day on December 1, we are pleased to share this video message from Dr. Ronald Valdiserri, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Health, Infectious Diseases and Director of the Office of HIV/AIDS and Infectious Disease Policy for the U.S. Department of…