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Obamacare and LGBT Health

Kathleen Sebelius

Throughout the administration, we operate on the fundamental belief that every American deserves equal opportunity, equal protection, and equal rights under the law. That’s why the Affordable Care Act is so important for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) Americans. The health care law prevents health insurance companies from charging anyone a higher premium just…

Recognizing National HIV/AIDS and Aging Awareness Day 2013

National HIV/AIDS and Aging Awareness Day new logo

Today is National HIV/AIDS and Aging Awareness Day (NHAAAD). This year’s theme for NHAAAD is Aging is a part of life: HIV doesn’t have to be. Whether you are 50+ and living with HIV yourself, or you are taking care of someone older who does, NHAAAD provides an opportunity to bring attention to the complex…

A Day with HIV Photo Sharing Project

David in Hero shirt

Editor’s note: For more information on photo sharing sites and how they are being used in the HIV community, please visit our new media toolkit.  Three years ago, we here at Positively Aware  magazine launched A Day with HIV , our anti-stigma photo campaign. With more than 50,000 new HIV infections each year in the U.S….

HHS to Hold Meeting on NHAS Progress

A National HIV/AIDS Strategy for the United States

On Friday, September 20, from 9:00am – 12:00pm, the Office of HIV/AIDS and Infectious Disease Policy (OHAIDP) will host a review of HHS progress made during 2012 to achieve the goals of the National HIV/AIDS Strategy (NHAS). This event will take place in the Auditorium of the Hubert Humphrey Building, at 200 Independence Avenue SW,…

CMS Invites Public Comment as it Considers National Coverage Determination for HCV Screening Under Medicare

CMS

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has initiated a National Coverage Determination (NCD) process for screening for hepatitis C virus (HCV) in adults. An NCD is a national policy statement granting, limiting, or excluding Medicare coverage for a specific medical item or service. CMS is allowed to add coverage of “additional preventive services”…

NCHHSTP Atlas to Feature County-Level Data, CDC Hosts Webinar

Gustavo Aquino

Next week, CDC will launch the new version of the National Center for HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis, STD, and TB Prevention’s (NCHHSTP) Atlas, which will feature county-level HIV and STD data. This online data visualization tool for CDC surveillance will offer users the opportunity to view more localized epidemiologic data for HIV and sexually transmitted diseases…

The Affordable Care Act and American Indians and Alaska Natives

Dr. Yvette Roubideaux

Editor’s Note: Those of us working to address the HIV/AIDS epidemic in the U.S. join Dr. Roubideaux and all our partners in Native communities across the country in promoting access to quality health care as part of ongoing efforts to ensure that the estimated 3,194 American Indians and Alaska Natives living with HIV and all…

U.S. Conference on AIDS 2013 – Highlights from Final Day

Moises Agosoto

The 2013 U.S. Conference on AIDS (USCA) came to a close yesterday with a plenary session on the implementation of the Affordable Care Act, a much discussed topic throughout the four-day conference. Among the observations shared by a diverse panel were: The healthcare law extends important civil rights protections that can be helpful in addressing…