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Republican health plan seen as a major setback for hepatitis C Medicaid patients

Amid a growing hepatitis C epidemic, federal austerity measures seen as a setback to infection control.  By Sony Salzman It’s been nearly 20 years since Read More

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Does providing nutrition information at vending machines reduce calories per item sold?

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The Undocu-Care-Van Heads to Sacramento

I’m excited to join a “Carevan” of immigrants, activists and leaders tonight to head into Sacramento to speak out for health for all. For nearly a week, immigrants and their allies have been tirelessly caravanning from San Diego to Fresno with multiple stops in between to share their stories and advocate for SB 1005, Senator…

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Coming This Month: Health Insurance Marketplace Trainings

By AIDS.govTwo months from today – on October 1, 2013 the online Health Insurance Marketplace will open in every state and the District of Columbia. No matter what state you live in, you’ll be able to use the Marketplace to apply for coverage, compare your options, and enroll. As we get closer to the opening of the Marketplace, growing numbers of people – maybe even you – want to know more about this new way to find health coverage that fits your budget and meets your needs. To help you learn more the Health Insurance Marketplaces, this month and next month, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) are offering a series of online webinars.  Read the descriptions, review the schedules below, and select the free online session that best meets your information needs.

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Affordable Care Act Update

By AIDS.govHealthcare.gov recently launched a new site and services to answer your questions, with a live chat feature. Read about it here. President Obama spoke  earlier today about the Affordable Care Act. Visit Healthcare.gov here.

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HealthCare.gov Launches New Site and New Services to Answer Your Questions

By AIDS.govThis week, the folks at HealthCare.gov showcased new features of their website and the new Health Insurance Marketplace call center now available to help get you ready to shop for the new coverage options in the online marketplaces going live in less than 100 days. In a Google hangout held on July 10, 2013, Julie Bataille from Healthcare.gov was joined by Kristin Rowe-Finkbeiner of MomsRising , an online and grassroots organization working to achieve economic security for families in the United States, for a live conversation about how people can use features of the recently the re-launched HealthCare.gov. (Check out HealthCare.gov on Google+ ) Watch a recording of Julie and Kristin’s conversation on the HealthCare.gov YouTube channel . You’ll hear them answer questions about health care reform posed via Twitter.

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The Future of Health Department HIV and Hepatitis Programs

By Dawn Fukuda, Sc.M., Director, Office of HIV/AIDS, Massachusetts Department of Public Health and Chair, National Alliance of State and Territorial AIDS Directors (NASTAD) Cross-posted from NASTAD BlogDawn Fukuda For perhaps the first time in history, the end of HIV/AIDS and hepatitis is within our reach. Recent notable achievements provide promise for success, among them the release of the National HIV/AIDS Strategy (NHAS) and the Viral Hepatitis Action Plan (VHAP) and the passage of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Collectively, these achievements have catalyzed the beginning of a radical transformation in our healthcare systems for communities impacted by HIV and hepatitis. In particular, the ACA represents an opportunity for the country to expand access to HIV/AIDS and hepatitis prevention, medical care, and health promotion services in profound and impactful ways. The systems-level changes advanced in the legislation also require state health departments to reassess their role in the context of an evolving health care system and the other sources of financing that may become available to support what have historically been public health functions—this is particularly the case for HIV/AIDS and viral hepatitis prevention and care services.

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CMS Announces Opportunity to Apply for Marketplace Navigator Grants

“Navigator” program will help consumers understand new coverage options as they enroll in new Marketplaces Editor’s Note: Yesterday, CMS released the Navigators Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) below. “Navigators” are individuals and entities that will provide unbiased information to consumers about health insurance, the new Health Insurance Marketplace, qualified health plans, and public programs including Medicaid…

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New Resource on How Health Reform Supports Viral Hepatitis Prevention,…

The Affordable Care Act offers significant opportunities to advance efforts towards the goals set out in the Action Plan for the Prevention, Care and Treatment of Viral Hepatitis, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) road map to increase viral hepatitis awareness and knowledge among health care providers and communities, and to improve…

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New Affordable Care Act Fact Sheet Available in Spanish

For updated information on the Affordable Care Act and people living with HIV, read this fact sheet in English (PDF) and Spanish (PDF) and blog post.

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National Latino HIV/AIDS Awareness Day (NLAAD) – Monday (October 15)

By Mayra E. Alvarez, M.H.A., Director of Public Health Policy, Office of Health Reform, U.S. Department of Health and Human ServicesMayra E. Alvarez Between September 15 and October 15, we remember and honor the great contributions and legacy of Latino Americans to this country. Their contributions are part of the fabric that makes up the rich diversity of this nation

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U.S. Conference on AIDS – More Highlights from Day 2

By AIDS.govAt the annual U.S. Conference on AIDS on Monday, Dr. Grant Colfax, Director of the White House Office of National AIDS Policy (ONAP), offered a plenary speech on the implementation of the National HIV/AIDS Strategy. Describing the NHAS as a road map for all public and private stakeholders, he highlighted a number of its key facets, including: Engaging multiple federal agencies and the programs they support in its implementation; Emphasis on aligning resources where the epidemic is most concentrated and in populations with greatest disparities; Applying evidence-based approaches; and Focusing on improving coordination and efficiency across and within Federal, state, local and tribal governments Continuing the conversation from the conference’s first plenary, Dr. Colfax discussed the impact of HIV/AIDS on women in the United States, observing that they now account for 23 percent of new infections and that Black and Latina women are disproportionately affected.  Further, he noted that gay and bisexual men continue to comprise the largest proportion—nearly two-thirds—of new HIV infections in this country.

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U.S. Conference on AIDS – Highlights from Day 1

By Vera Yakovchenko, MPH, Public Health Analyst, Office of HIV/AIDS and Infectious Disease Policy, U.S. Department of Health and Human ServicesThe annual U.S. Conference on AIDS (USCA) opened on Sunday, September 30, 2012. Among the highlights were two plenary sessions engaging the audience of over 2,000 in exploring important topics related to aligning efforts to end the HIV/AIDS epidemic. Spotlight on HIV/AIDS among Women Photo credit: Ben Carter/NMAC “Not without women will we turn the tide on HIV/AIDS,” declared the first plenary session’s facilitator, Ms

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A Day to Act on HIV and Viral Hepatitis in the Asian and Pacific Islander…

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