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Transitions at OHAIDP

As I prepare to leave the Office of HIV/AIDS and Infectious Disease Policy (OHAIDP) and federal service at the end of December, I am pleased to inform you that the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health has announced that Richard Wolitski, PhD, has been appointed OHAIDP’s Acting Director effective January 11, 2016. With over 25 years…

LGBT People Need to Take Advantage of Obamacare

When 25-year-old Carl Anderson was diagnosed with HIV, he learned just how important health care coverage can be. Soon after his diagnosis, Carl became uninsured, and he realized he’d have to face the staggering costs of his treatment on his own. Like Carl, many lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender Americans are disproportionately uninsured or underinsured….

The Marketplace is Open: Continuing Our Progress for the LGBT community

Summary: This Administration has made historic progress for the LGBT community, and by ensuring a successful open enrollment together, we can do even more. I am proud to serve in the Obama Administration because of the work the President, the Secretary, and this Administration have done, and will continue to do, to create a more…

2015 National HIV Prevention Conference – Closing Reflections

As the 2015 National HIV Prevention Conference came to a close earlier this week in Atlanta, we heard from the CDC Director, Dr. Tom Frieden. He highlighted some of the ideas he and colleagues shared in a recent New England Journal of Medicine commentary, “Applying Public Health Principles to the HIV Epidemic — How Are…

Input Sought from Viral Hepatitis Community Stakeholders on Activities in 2014-2015

In the years since 2011, when the Department of Health and Human Services released the first national Viral Hepatitis Action Plan, much of the Federal work to move towards the goals identified in the plan has been described in reports like the recently released 2014 Federal Implementation Progress Report as well as in posts shared…

National HIV Prevention Conference: Day 4 Recap

The final plenary of NHPC 2015 focused on the issues of sexual health for youth, the need to deliver effective HIV prevention messages, and the role social media can play in public health outreach. The session also featured closing remarks by CDC Director Dr. Thomas Frieden and retiring HHS Deputy Assistant Secretary for Health, Dr….

National LGBT2S Tribal Day of Action

Today is a special day. Today is the first National Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Two Spirit (LGBT2S) Tribal Day of Action on the Affordable Care Act. On this day, as we encourage outreach and education across Indian country, we also remind ourselves and those we serve that everyone deserves to benefit from the new…

Carl’s #GetCovered Story: No Longer Gambling with His Life

I’m 25 years old and work for a human resources contractor in the oil and gas industry. It’s a good job, but it doesn’t come with health insurance benefits. That really stressed me out. You see, I’m HIV+ and my 30-day supply of pills cost $1,500. I couldn’t afford that so I started rationing my…