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The Affordable Care Act Makes the Gift of Health Insurance Possible

The Affordable Care Act Makes the Gift of Health Insurance Possible

My mom sat down, went on Healthcare.gov, discovered that she qualified for a tax credit to help her afford quality health insurance, and then found 86 health plans from which to choose. All in less than 10 minutes.
Report: Police Harassment May Worsen LA Aids Crisis

Report: Police Harassment May Worsen LA Aids Crisis

Louisiana has one of the highest rates of HIV/AIDS in the US, and the state's AIDS death rate is over two times the national average.
WATCH: FMF Releases Video on Affordable Care Act Enrollment

WATCH: FMF Releases Video on Affordable Care Act Enrollment

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Report Explores Impact of Unsafe Abortion on Women and Families in Uganda

Report Explores Impact of Unsafe Abortion on Women and Families in Uganda

"These findings make clear that more must be done to reduce unintended pregnancy by ensuring Ugandan women have access to family planning services."
Michigan Considers Forcing Women to Purchase Separate Insurance for Abortion Coverage

Michigan Considers Forcing Women to Purchase Separate Insurance for Abortion Coverage

The proposed law would prohibit insurance plans offered in the state from covering abortion without the rider, but the proposal also does not require insurers to offer or provide the rider.
President Obama Announces HIV Cure Initiative

President Obama Announces HIV Cure Initiative

"The United States should be at the forefront of the discoveries into how to put HIV in long-term remission without requiring lifelong therapies," President Obama said at a White House event commemorating World AIDS Day. "Or, better yet, eliminate it completely."
Act Now on HIV/AIDS and Reproductive Healthcare!

Act Now on HIV/AIDS and Reproductive Healthcare!

Women need reproductive health programs to be integrated with HIV/AIDS services, and vice-versa, for improved efficiency and effectiveness in preventing AIDS infection and unplanned pregnancy and improving maternal and child health.
World AIDS Day Calls For Global Unity In Fight Against AIDS

World AIDS Day Calls For Global Unity In Fight Against AIDS

Yesterday marked the 25th annual World AIDS Day, an opportunity for people around the world to unite in the fight against HIV/AIDS.
Updates to PEPFAR Increase Oversight, Funding for Children

Updates to PEPFAR Increase Oversight, Funding for Children

Congress passed the US President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) Stewardship and Oversight Act of 2013 on Tuesday, reaffirming and strengthening its commitment to reducing global HIV/AIDS.
Obama Administration Issues Mental Health Parity Rule

Obama Administration Issues Mental Health Parity Rule

The mental health parity law prohibits insurance companies from limiting insurance coverage for mental health and substance use disorder services.
Head of US Global AIDS Program to Step Down

Head of US Global AIDS Program to Step Down

United States Global AIDS Coordinator Ambassador Eric Goosby is expected to step down from his position by the end of the year.
Pregnancy Pricetags, Impossible Choices: Women in the US Are Between A Rock and a Hard Place

Pregnancy Pricetags, Impossible Choices: Women in the US Are Between A Rock and a Hard Place

When women get pregnant in America, they pay more and die more than women in other industrialized nations.
Obama Administration Delays ACA Provision Until 2015

Obama Administration Delays ACA Provision Until 2015

On Tuesday, the Obama Administration announced that they would delay the implementation of a key mandate from the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act until 2015. The provision, which states that all employers with more than 50 employees must provide insurance coverage to their employees or face a monetary penalty was originally supposed to take...
Roundtable: Our Experiences Buying Plan B

Roundtable: Our Experiences Buying Plan B

"I also bought some Advil and a Dr. Pepper. Made my flight. It should always be that simple."
It's National HIV Testing Day! Find A Center and Get Tested.

It’s National HIV Testing Day! Find A Center and Get Tested.

Getting tested and learning more about HIV can prevent others from becoming infected. Knowing the results can save your own life.
Why “Save Second Base” Shouldn’t Be Our Mantra

Why “Save Second Base” Shouldn’t Be Our Mantra

For Breast Cancer Awareness Month, the Ms. blog will be running a series of pieces devoted to the disease and activism around it. It’s fun. It’s flirty. And it grabs a person’s eye. Shirts, baseball caps and rubber bracelets emblazoned with the slogans “Save the tatas,” “Save second base,” “I heart boobies.” With each Breast...
NYC Speaker Quinn: Working Women Need Paid Sick Days!

NYC Speaker Quinn: Working Women Need Paid Sick Days!

Christine Quinn is the first female and openly gay New York City Council Speaker.   By speaking out and standing up for the rights of women and queer folks throughout the city, she has received a lot of support from the feminist community as Speaker and as potential NYC mayor.  But on a new issue facing...
International AIDS 2012 Conference Wrap-Up: The Good & The Bad

International AIDS 2012 Conference Wrap-Up: The Good & The Bad

The historic XIX International AIDS Conference ended last Friday, but just how historic were the results it managed to achieve? As far as funding goes, the US, whose funding was actually decreasing, made two funding announcements. Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton announced over $150 million in new US initiatives to combat HIV/AIDS, adding an additional $80 million...
Know Your Benefits Under Obamacare

Know Your Benefits Under Obamacare

Just yesterday, one of my friends paid $35 for her monthly co-pay for her birth control prescription. And she has good insurance – yikes! But that was yesterday. Starting today, because of the Affordable Care Act (or Obamacare), every new health insurance policy must include FDA-approved contraceptives without any co-pays or deductibles. And that’s not...
$5 Million to Address Sexual Violence Against Children–A Drop in PEPFAR’s Bucket?

$5 Million to Address Sexual Violence Against Children–A Drop in PEPFAR’s Bucket?

As the XIX International AIDS Conference draws to a close tomorrow, the United State’s President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) has announced a $5 million grant for the Together for Girls(TFG) partnership–designed to address violence against girls and boys. U.S. Global AIDS coordinator Eric Goosby says funds will go to “support countries’ responses to...