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Healthcare.gov Improvements

Some recent information from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the White House on the implementation of the Affordable Care Act (ACA): Making Measurable Progress to HealthCare.gov: The HealthCare.gov team continues to work around the clock to improve the HealthCare.gov user experience and is making measurable progress, including improving response time…

OPA Funds New HIV Grants

OPA Facing AIDS

The Department of Health and Human Services Office of Population Affairs (OPA) is pleased to announce the award of $8,145,910 to 18 recipients under the announcement Integrating Routine HIV Testing and Linkage to HIV Care and Treatment in Family Planning Services Grants. These awards were made possible in part by resources from the Secretary’s Minority AIDS…

New Video and Other Resources on the Importance of Quitting Smoking for People Living with HIV

Smoking and HIV

In advance of this week’s observance of the 2013 Great American Smokeout  on Thursday, November 21, we are pleased to introduce a brief new video about the harmful effects of smoking among people living with HIV. Organized annually by the American Cancer Society , the Smokeout encourages smokers to use the date to make a plan…

Viral Hepatitis Policy Meets Practice at the Liver Meeting

Photo of author speaking at meeting

Earlier this month, the “Liver Meeting” – the annual meeting of the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases (AASLD )– took place in Washington, DC. As part of a session re-capping the major viral hepatitis highlights from the conference, I had the pleasure of sharing with several thousand scientists and healthcare professionals from around…

Update: Assistant Secretary for Health Dr. Howard Koh on Faith Communities and World AIDS Day

Howard K. Koh, M.D., M.P.H.

Editor’s Note: The following article comes from the November 15th, 2013 edition of The Partnership Center Newsletter, a publication by the Department of Health and Human Services Center for Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships.  On December 1, 2013, we will mark the 25th observance of World AIDS Day. It offers us an opportunity to honor the past, plan for the future…

Massachusetts HIV/AIDS Plan Aligns with National Strategy to End HIV/AIDS Epidemic

NHAS Strategy in Action Logo

In September 2013, the Massachusetts Department of Public Health’s (MDPH) Office of HIV/AIDS released its latest strategic plan intended to further the state’s long-standing success in combating the HIV epidemic in the Commonwealth. As explained in the plan, advances in HIV prevention, diagnostics and treatment, as well as greater integration of public health and health…

FACT SHEET: New Administration Proposal To Help Consumers Facing Cancellations

White House

“I’ve assigned my team to see what can we do to close some of the holes and gaps in the law, because my intention is to lift up and make sure the insurance that people buy is effective, that it’s actually going to deliver what they think they’re purchasing. Because what we know is, before…

New Greater Than AIDS Portal Developed by the Kaiser Family Foundation Explains the Affordable Care Act for People with HIV

Kaiser ACA Portal

Editor’s Note: The following is a guest blog authored by Tina Hoff, Senior Vice President, Director of the Health Communication and Media Partnerships Program, Jennifer Kates, Ph.D., Vice President and Director of Global Health & HIV Policy, and Talea Miller, Program Officer, Health Communication and Media Partnerships Program from the Kaiser Family Foundation . An…