In This Issue

Posted in: News, News 2017

Friday is the final day that you can buy health insurance on the federal marketplace, HealthCare.gov. Please make sure to purchase your health insurance today. We strongly urge you not wait until Thursday or Friday, when the website may be jammed and unresponsive. In this issue, we run two pieces from our friends at Kaiser …

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 ‘I’ve Never Been This Busy’: As Marketplace Deadline Nears, Navigators Feel The Pinch

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When Monica Spalding got the renewal letter from her health insurance company with premium details for the upcoming year, she couldn’t believe her eyes. The insurer estimated that the share of the monthly premium that she and her husband would owe for their marketplace silver plan would go up from the current $28 a month to …

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Desperate For Coverage: Are Short-Term Plans Better Than None At All?

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Enrollment 2018 When one of Cindy Holtzman’s clients told the Woodstock, Ga., broker he was considering dropping his Affordable Care Act plan because next year’s cost approached $23,000 for his family of four, she suggested a new option: a back-to-back set of four, 90-day short-term plans, which would effectively give them a modicum of medical …

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Texans With HIV Cope With Homes And Medicines Ruined By Hurricane Harvey

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Angelia Soloman watched out the window of her ranch house in northeastern Houston as the floodwaters rose up to the windowsills. She huddled inside with her three adopted children (ages 12 to 15), a nephew and her 68-year-old mother. “They were looking and crying, like, ‘We’re gonna lose everything,’” said Soloman. “And I’m like, ‘No, …

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States — And 9M Kids — ‘In A Bind’ As Congress Dawdles On CHIP Funding

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Last week, Colorado became the first state to notify families that children who receive health insurance through the Children’s Health Insurance Program are in danger of losing their coverage. Nearly 9 million children are insured through CHIP, which covers mostly working-class families. The program has bipartisan support in both the House and Senate, but Congress let federal funding …

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FDA Approves First Two-Drug Regimen for Certain Patients with HIV

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Director’s Note from Richard Wolitski, Ph.D., Director, HHS Office of HIV/AIDS and Infectious Disease Policy: This news from FDA last week is important since it provides an additional treatment option for many people living with HIV. Even with more than 40 FDA-approved HIV medications, there remains a need for continued research into improved HIV treatment …

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In This Issue

Posted in: News, News 2017

In the middle of the night, under cover of darkness, Republicans in the U.S. senate approved a disastrous tax bill, crafted in secret back rooms that will give large tax cuts to the wealthiest of Americans, like Donald Trump and his family; ballooned the national deficit, threatened health care coverage for 13 million men, women, …

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New Online Tool Helps PrEP Users Assess Marketplace Coverage Options

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To help individuals using PrEP who are also seeking to get or renew coverage in the Health Insurance Marketplace during the current open enrollment period, NASTAD recently launched PrEPcost.org . The site is an online health plan finder that helps PrEP users or navigators identify and compare access to PrEP in Marketplace coverage options. PrEP, …

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Marketplace Confusion Opens Door To Questions About Skinny Plans

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Consumers coping with the high cost of health insurance are the target market for new plans claiming to be lower-cost alternatives to the Affordable Care Act that fulfill the law’s requirement for health coverage. But experts and regulators warn consumers to be cautious — and are raising red flags about one set of limited benefit …

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Coming Out. Coming In. Always in a State of Becoming

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The question to the room was, “Can coming out be a good thing?” in reference to one’s HIV status or identity. I cleared my throat and readied my answer, but then the moderator stated, “We are out of time!” The delay created an opportunity for me to gather my thoughts about this topic, which is …

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