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HHS takes next step in advancing health equity through the Affordable Care Act

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Proposed rule implements new protections against sex discrimination; enhances language assistance; protects individuals with disabilities; and extends to insurers participating in Health Insurance Marketplaces. Today, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) issued a proposed rule to advance health equity and reduce disparities in health care.  The proposed rule, Nondiscrimination in Health Programs and…

Free Helpline and App for Hepatitis C Patients Offer Peer Support and Self-Care Tools

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Viral hepatitis is known as the silent epidemic, because it is a disease that is both under-recognized and underdiagnosed. Hepatitis can result from infection with several different viruses, including hepatitis C virus (HCV). The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that nearly 3.2 million people are chronically infected with HCV and that nearly half are…

Articles Highlight Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program Role Providing HIV Care and Treatment Services

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As the Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program (RWHAP) commemorates its 25th this summer, two new articles published this week highlight the critical role the Program has in providing care and treatment services to low income people living with HIV in the United States. According to a new article in the Journal of the American Medical Association,…

Moving? You may qualify for a Special Enrollment Period

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Summer is the most popular season for moving. But there are some things you can’t pack in boxes — like the peace of mind you get from having health insurance. Moving can be stressful, but enrolling in a health plan that suits your new life doesn’t have to be. If you’re moving, whether out of…

The benefits of health insurance through the Marketplace

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No one plans to get sick or hurt, but most people need medical care – like a doctor visit, a prescription drug, a lab test, physical therapy, or counseling – at some point. These services can be expensive. And if something happens that requires surgery or emergency medical care, it’s really important to have coverage….

NEW WHITE HOUSE GUIDANCE – Transparency, Ownership, Accountability: Monitoring the Updated National HIV/AIDS Strategy

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Summary: The Administration releases the Indicator Supplement — a companion document to the recently updated National HIV/AIDS Strategy. Last month, the Administration, led by the Office of National AIDS Policy (ONAP), released the National HIV/AIDS Strategy: Updated to 2020 [PDF 2.3MB] at an event at Morehouse School of Medicine in Atlanta, GA. The Update aims to…

NEW! White House Digital Initiative: “Letters to President Obama”

A letter from Natoma Canfield, an Ohio woman lacking health insurance, hangs on the wall in the hall between the Oval Office and the President Barack Obama's Private Office in the West Wing, June 28, 2012. (Official White House Photo by Lawrence Jackson)

Editor’s Note: The White House has launched a new storytelling initiative on Tumblr, a micro-blogging platform and social networking website, to support efforts to post multimedia and other content on the web (see below). We encourage you to learn more about digital tools by signing up for Virtual Office Hours. Today, the White House is launching…

During National Health Center Week, HHS announces an additional $169 million in Affordable Care Act funding to 266 community health centers

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Contact: HRSA Press Office 301-443-3376 Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia M. Burwell announced on August 11 that $169 million in Affordable Care Act funding to 266 new health center sites in 46 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico for the delivery of comprehensive primary health care services in communities that need them…