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2016 National Ryan White Conference on HIV Care and Treatment: Day One Recap

81% of RWAP clients are virally supressed

More than 2,400 HIV care and treatment leaders, Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program recipients, stakeholders, and those on the front lines providing direct care to people living with HIV convened in Washington, DC yesterday for the kickoff of the 2016 National Ryan White Conference on HIV Care & Treatment.  The theme for this year’s Health Resources…

The Evolution of Ryan White HIV/Care

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Rapid change does not typically drive progress in health care. Historically, proven interventions are adopted over decades under the best of circumstances, like life-saving Vitamin A for children with measles or Beta-blockers to improve survival after a heart attack. HIV care stands nearly alone in terms of the speed with which a deadly disease became…

On the Horizon

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Summary: Find out what’s going on with ONAP in the next few months — and how you can contribute! The next few months are an important time for our community to gather, reflect on the progress of recent years, and continue moving forward. With many opportunities to connect, ONAP will continue to emphasize the National…

Patient Benefits Coordinator Helps Tribal Members Enroll in Health Coverage

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Jody Guardipee, a Patient Benefits Coordinator at Blackfeet Community Hospital in northwest Montana, knows firsthand that educating tribal members about their health care choices is key to building healthy families and healthy communities. Jody talks to patients daily on the benefits of enrolling in Medicaid, Medicare, or private insurance through the Affordable Care Act’s Health…

CDC Data Should Spur Action to Protect the Health and Wellbeing of Lesbian, Gay, and Bisexual Youth

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CDC recently released the first nationally representative data on the health risks of lesbian, gay, and bisexual (LGB) high school students. These data show that the approximately 1.3 million LGB youth in this country experience physical and sexual violence and bullying at levels 2 to 3 times higher than their heterosexual peers. Data from CDC’s…

The Affordable Care Act: The Essential Role of Community Health Centers

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Editor’s Note: Learn more! Read about HHS’ new awards for health centers to improve care coordination and become patient-centered medical homes, and download a HRSA Health Center Program fact sheet [PDF 255 KB] on Health Centers and the ACA. Health centers have played an essential role in the implementation of the Affordable Care Act and continue…

Ending LGBT Clinical Bias

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Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people continue to experience discrimination in health care – underscoring the need for a dramatic shift in attitudes for a long-stigmatized minority and more behavioral health specialists working in primary care clinics. Not only does providing primary and behavioral health services in a single setting improve patient outcomes, said HRSA…

Lose your health insurance? You may be able to enroll now

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If you recently lost health insurance coverage, you may be able to enroll in Marketplace coverage with a Special Enrollment Period. Health insurance losses that may qualify for a Special Enrollment Period Loss of job-based insurance: You may qualify if your employer stopped offering health insurance, or you left a job where you had health…