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Webinar now available: Strategies to support homeless and at-risk clients

| August 18, 2015
Webinar now available: Strategies to support homeless and at-risk clients

A recently recorded webinar focusing on strategies for supporting clients to effectively utilize the health care system has now been made available for viewing by HUD’s Office of Special Needs Assistance Programs and the Office of HIV/AIDS Housing. This webinar presents the opportunity to listen to national leaders offering firsthand knowledge and information on how […]

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Health Advocate looks at next steps for the LGBTQ community

| August 14, 2015
Health Advocate looks at next steps for the LGBTQ community

The Supreme Court’s decision to recognize the fundamental right to marriage  is the cause for ongoing celebration all across the county, with the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer (LGBTQ) community marking an exciting victory for a hard-fought battle for equality and justice. With this new ruling, advocates have now started to look into the […]

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The importance of measuring health care quality

| August 12, 2015
The importance of measuring health care quality

In order to fully comprehend how well our health care system is functioning, it is important to measure the quality of health care that is being provided. When the quality of health care is measured, it is possible to find out which providers are consistently delivering good, evidence-based treatment, and which providers and health plans […]

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Sign the petition to protect ACA and Medicaid

| August 10, 2015
Sign the petition to protect ACA and Medicaid

Despite the Supreme Court ruling last month confirming that the Affordable Care Act (ACA) is the law of the land, some members of Congress have vowed to intensify their legislative attacks on the ACA, Medicaid and other health care programs. House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Paul Ryan, R-WI, has stated that House Republicans want […]

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Will there ever be a discrimination-free health insurance system?

| August 7, 2015
Will there ever be a discrimination-free health insurance system?

A recent post on Health Affairs blog, ‘Ensuring A Discrimination-Free Health Insurance System’ by Douglas Jacobs and Robert Restuccia, discusses the need for the Obama administration to take a stronger stand in eliminating discrimination in the health care system. Since the implementation of the Affordable Care Act, millions of Americans with preexisting health conditions now […]

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Updated: AIDS Institute responds to lack of transparency by Assurant Health

| August 5, 2015
Updated: AIDS Institute responds to lack of transparency by Assurant Health

Having transparency in the health care system is absolutely vital. Insurance companies need to make sure their plans are transparent and provide all the information on matters such as premium costs, copays, deductibles and prescription medication costs in order for a buyer to make an informed decision before making a purchase.  However, this is often […]

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Florida requires insurance plans to limit patient cost sharing for HIV Drugs

| August 3, 2015
Florida requires insurance plans to limit patient cost sharing for HIV Drugs

In an effort to bring more transparency into the health care system, the state of Florida is taking positive steps to hold insurance companies more accountable for the quality of plans they offer on the marketplace. The Florida Office of Insurance Regulation has announced there will be limits on patient cost sharing of HIV medications […]

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Check out the new reference chart for ACA special enrollment periods

| July 31, 2015
Check out the new reference chart for ACA special enrollment periods

Although the Marketplace open enrollment period for 2015 has already ended, there are always certain events that may occur in a person’s life throughout the year that can trigger a special enrollment period (SEP), allowing them to newly enroll in a Marketplace plan or change to a different plan. It can be challenging to not […]

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Experts offer recommendations for updating the Ryan White Program

| July 30, 2015
Experts offer recommendations for updating the Ryan White Program

HIV/AIDS policy experts recently issued recommendations for ensuring that the Ryan White Program is updated to be maximally effective in a changing health care environment. Their recommendations include three policy briefs which are designed to help the Obama Administration and congressional leaders conceptualize structural changes to the program as well as help HIV community advocates […]

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What changes will the Supreme Court’s decision on ACA and Marriage Equality bring for LGBTQ community?

| July 29, 2015
What changes will the Supreme Court’s decision on ACA and Marriage Equality bring for LGBTQ community?

Celebration had taken a whole new level when the June 25 Supreme Court decision  upheld a key part of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) which provides health insurance subsidies to all qualifying people. Despite much opposition, ACA remains ‘the law of the land’. Then, on June 26, the Supreme Court ruled that the Constitution guarantees a […]

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