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More on how We’re Improving HealthCare.gov

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Over the last few days, we’ve shared updates with you on our tech surge and the steps we’re taking to ensure that HealthCare.gov gets better. Starting tomorrow and moving forward, we will also provide updates through regular blogs and CMS press telebriefings. We know how critical affordable health coverage is, and as I’ve committed, we won’t…

Together on the Pathways to Wellness: Recovery and Efforts to Strengthen Viral Hepatitis Services

Ronald Valdiserri

Throughout September’s observance of National Recovery Month, individuals, organizations, and communities across the nation celebrated recovery from mental health issues and addiction challenges. Given the significant role that drug-using behaviors can play in the transmission of viral hepatitis, and the fact that alcohol intake often worsens liver disease among persons with chronic viral hepatitis, National Recovery…

A Technology Surge for HealthCare.gov

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Today, we are announcing key steps the Department is taking as part of a tech surge to continue to improve the consumer experience on HealthCare.gov. First, I am very pleased to announce we are bringing management expert and former CEO and Chairman of two publicly traded companies Jeff Zients on board to work in close…

New Media Communication: Communicating about HIV and Viral Hepatitis in Complex Times

Meico Whitlock

Last month, the National Alliance of State and Territorial AIDS Directors  (NASTAD) attended the fourth annual Plain Talk in Complex Times conference  in Arlington, Virginia. This year’s theme was “Communicating in a Time of Change.” The conference was hosted by the MAXIMUS Center for Health Literacy  in collaboration with the American Public Health Association  (APHA) and brought together leaders…

Doing Better: Making Improvements to HealthCare.gov

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Over the past two and a half weeks, millions of Americans visited HealthCare.gov to look at their new health care options under the Affordable Care Act. In that time, nearly half a million applications for coverage have been submitted from across the nation. This tremendous interest – with over 19 million unique visits to date…

FDA Safety Communication: Reducing the Risk of Hepatitis B Reactivation in Patients Using Two Immune-Suppressing and Anti-Cancer Drugs

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On September 25, 2013, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a Drug Safety Communication announcing that the FDA has approved changes to the prescribing information of the immune-suppressing and anti-cancer drugs Arzerra (ofatumumab) and Rituxan (rituximab) to add new Boxed Warning information about the risk of reactivation of hepatitis B virus (HBV) infection. The…

National Latino AIDS Awareness Day (NLAAD) : “Commit to Speak”/“Comprométete a Hablar”

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Editor’s Note: October 15 was National Latino AIDS Awareness Day (NLAAD). AIDS.gov is providing the blog post below to remember the core messages of NLAAD which is observed annually on October 15th. This year’s NLAAD theme was “Commit to Speak”/“Comprométete a Hablar”. NLAAD reminds our nation of the disproportionate impact of the HIV epidemic on…

Strategy in Action: Organizations Use Storytelling and Training to Deliver HIV/AIDS Prevention Messages to Black MSM

The Strategy in Action. Communities respond to the National HIV/AIDS Strategy

Across the country, organizations are responding in innovative ways to the National HIV/AIDS Strategy’s call to reduce HIV-related disparities and health inequities, including those experienced by African American gay, bisexual, and other men who have sex with men (MSM). African Americans have the most severe burden of HIV of all racial/ethnic groups in the United…