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Join the HHS World Hepatitis Day Observance on Tuesday, July 28

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This July 28th marks the 6th annual World Hepatitis Day (WHD), an opportunity to raise awareness about viral hepatitis and come together to share our successes and strategize about our challenges. Importantly, WHD provides a platform to mobilize greater support for our continued work toward better surveillance and prevention programs and improved access to diagnosis…

CMS Office of Minority Health Releases Updated Index of Marketplace, Medicare and Medicaid Resources in Multiple Languages

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Office of Minority Health (CMS OMH) has released an updated Index of CMS Resources by Language [PDF 2.9MB]. This resource provides English and non-English speakers access to information about the Health Insurance Marketplace, Medicare and Medicaid in 19 different languages. Each language includes key messages, public service announcements (PSAs),…

A New Digital Tool for Treating STDs and Preventing HIV

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Sexually transmitted diseases (STD) continue to threaten the health and well-being of millions of Americans. Last month, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released its updated STD Treatment Guidelines, which have played a critical role for 30 years in advising healthcare providers on the best ways to diagnose and treat these infections….

Save the Date: National HIV/AIDS Strategy: Updated to 2020 – Live Stream

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On Thursday, July 30, 2015, the White House and AIDS.gov will live stream the release of the National HIV/AIDS Strategy: Updated to 2020 during an event in Atlanta, Georgia. The Strategy has reinvigorated the collective national response to HIV. It has changed the way Americans talk about HIV, as well as the ways they plan…

Spotlight on HIV and Aging

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Next week, the 2015 White House Conference on Aging puts a spotlight on healthy aging. Held each decade since the 1960s, the conference brings together older Americans, caregivers, government officials, and business and community leaders to discuss a vision for healthy aging in the next decade. For many of us, that vision includes healthy aging, support,…

Having a major life event? You may qualify for a Special Enrollment Period

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Thinking about moving, getting married, having a baby, or changing jobs? When you make big decisions in life, you may be eligible to buy or change Health Insurance Marketplace coverage outside the yearly Open Enrollment Period. If you’ve had a qualifying major life event, you have 60 days from the life event to enroll in…

White House’s Douglas Brooks Discusses the National HIV/AIDS Strategy: Updated to 2020 (Video)

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In this new video, Mr. Douglas Brooks, Director of the White House Office of National AIDS Policy, discusses with AIDS.gov efforts underway to develop a five-year update to the National HIV/AIDS Strategy, which will be released on July 30, 2015. In this brief video, Mr. Douglas Brooks discusses the process underway to update the National…

Progress Towards Better Healthcare for American Indians and Alaska Natives

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As I prepare to leave HHS, I’m reflecting on the tremendous gains we’ve made for the healthcare of American Indians and Alaska Natives. I joined the Indian Health Service (IHS) knowing that there was much work to do and there were no quick fixes available. Tribes wanted the federal government to uphold the responsibility for…