HIV Policy & Programs

Having a major life event? You may qualify for a Special Enrollment Period


Thinking about moving, getting married, having a baby, or changing jobs? When you make big decisions in life, you may be eligible to buy or change Health Insurance Marketplace coverage outside the yearly Open Enrollment Period. If you’ve had a qualifying major life event, you have 60 days from the life event to enroll in…

White House’s Douglas Brooks Discusses the National HIV/AIDS Strategy: Updated to 2020 (Video)

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In this new video, Mr. Douglas Brooks, Director of the White House Office of National AIDS Policy, discusses with efforts underway to develop a five-year update to the National HIV/AIDS Strategy, which will be released on July 30, 2015. In this brief video, Mr. Douglas Brooks discusses the process underway to update the National…

Progress Towards Better Healthcare for American Indians and Alaska Natives

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As I prepare to leave HHS, I’m reflecting on the tremendous gains we’ve made for the healthcare of American Indians and Alaska Natives. I joined the Indian Health Service (IHS) knowing that there was much work to do and there were no quick fixes available. Tribes wanted the federal government to uphold the responsibility for…

SCOTUS decision supports LGBT behavioral health

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Friday, we celebrated a historic occasion, as the Supreme Court ruled in Obergefell v. Hodges that the Constitution requires LGBT couples be allowed to marry no matter where they live, and marriages performed in one state must be recognized in every other. This ruling is particularly well-timed as it provides us with a poignant ending for…

CDC awards $216 million to community-based organizations to deliver the most-effective HIV prevention strategies to those in greatest need

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced today that it has awarded $216 million over five years to 90 community-based organizations (CBOs) nationwide to deliver effective HIV prevention strategies to those at greatest risk, including people of color, men who have sex with men (MSM), transgender individuals, and people who inject drugs. “The organizations…

STORIFY: Digital resources for HIV testing beyond #NHTD


June 27 was the 20th observance of National HIV Testing Day (NHTD). Organizations and individuals across the HIV community use this annual observance to amplify resources that encourage HIV testing as the first step to living healthy. Topsy, a social media analytics tool you can track Twitter conversations and data, stated that the #NHTD hashtag …

Ryan White and HIV Testing Day

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The proportion of HIV-infected individuals who know their status has improved in recent years, demonstrating progress toward objectives set forth in the National HIV/AIDS Strategy and the HIV care continuum, both of which include the goal of expanded testing to reduce further transmission and link infected individuals to life-saving HIV/AIDS care. Being on treatment has the…

White House’s Douglas Brooks Discusses Updating the National HIV/AIDS Strategy


Recently, I had the chance to speak with Mr. Douglas Brooks, MSW, Director of the White House Office of National AIDS Policy, about the update to the National HIV/AIDS Strategy he and his team have been developing. Below are his remarks. “Nearly five years ago, President Obama released our country’s first comprehensive National HIV/AIDS Strategy….