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Affordable Care Act News Round-Up

What is the Marketplace in my state?

The Health Insurance Marketplace is set to open for enrollment next Tuesday, October 1, 2013. Here’s a round-up of the latest news from the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) on the implementation of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) in the lead-up to this important milestone: Significant choice and lower than expected premiums available…

Ending Discrimination in Health Care: New Tools from the Affordable Care Act

Leon Rodriguez

For far too long, many Americans – including men and women, racial and ethnic minorities, individuals with disabilities, members of the LGBT community, and individuals with pre-existing conditions like HIV/AIDS, cancer, or mental health concerns – have not received equal access to health care. While health care providers are making great strides in improving the…

HHS Releases Report on 2012 Progress Implementing the National HIV/AIDS Strategy

Implementation Progress Report

Last Friday, September 20, 2013, the Office of HIV/AIDS and Infectious Disease Policy (OHAIDP) was pleased to host a number of HIV/AIDS leaders from across the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) as well as many non-federal stakeholders as we paused to recognize and reflect on major accomplishments across HHS in implementing the National…

USCA 2013 Federal Plenary on the Affordable Care Act

Grant Colfax USCA Video Still

At the conclusion of their plenary session at the recent 2013 U.S. Conference on AIDS, Dr. Grant Colfax, Director of the White House Office of National AIDS Policy (ONAP) had the opportunity to visit with some of the federal HIV/AIDS leaders who presented during a plenary session that explored how implementation of the Affordable Care…

National Gay Men’s HIV/AIDS Awareness Day 2013 Google+ Hangout On Air

Lamont Scales

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will host a Google+ Hangout On Air in recognition of National Gay Men’s HIV/AIDS Awareness Day (NGMHAAD) on September 25, from 2-3 p.m. ET. Entitled Innovative HIV Prevention Activities for Gay and Bisexual Men, the event topics include a new HIV testing strategy for gay couples called Testing…

Update on Renewal of Viral Hepatitis Action Plan

VHAP Meeting (cropped)

As we announced this past May, federal partners are working to renew and extend the Action Plan for the Prevention, Care and Treatment of Viral Hepatitis for three more years. Since that announcement, several important activities have been undertaken and I wanted to share this update with readers. To inform the renewal of the plan,…

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…