Open Enrollment 2015: Are You Ready?

By Xavior Robinson, Senior Manager, Health Care Access, NASTAD

Open Enrollment 2015The Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) second open enrollment period is just around the corner. On November 15th, millions of people will have the opportunity to apply for a Qualified Health Plan (QHP) for the first time, renew their existing coverage, select a new plan, or be directed to apply for Medicaid. For state HIV/AIDS and viral hepatitis programs, open enrollment presents an opportunity to build upon the more than 25,000 AIDS Drug Assistance Program (ADAP) clients that were transitioned to health insurance coverage during the first open enrollment. In the time since the inaugural open enrollment period ended, programs have been preparing for November 15th by partnering with community-based organizations to expand outreach and enrollment capabilities, refining insurance purchasing processes to assist clients with premiums and co-pays, and working with clients to maintain access to insurance coverage. As programs prepare for open enrollment, keep in mind the following priorities and action steps.

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Raising the Bars: Monitoring and Using Community-level HIV Data to Raise the Bars

By Lucy Slater, Director, Global Program, NASTAD

RTB Post #7 GraphicNASTAD’s Global Program builds the organizational, programmatic and human resource capacity of regional/state public sector HIV program counterparts around the world.

The HIV Care Continuum can help to identify needs and measure progress toward stronger outcomes in achieving an AIDS-free generation. NASTAD’s work strengthens the HIV Care Continuum through strong partnerships and by providing targeted training, technical assistance and supportive supervision. The previous blog posts describing how we are “Raising the Bars” can be found below: Continue reading

Raising the Bars: Designing, Implementing and Monitoring HIV Retention in Care Interventions

By Lucy Slater, Director, Global Program, NASTAD

RTB Graphic #6NASTAD’s Global Program builds the organizational, programmatic and human resource capacity of partner public health programs around the world.

In this series of blog posts, we provide a snapshot of how we are supporting locally designed strategies to improve outcomes in the countries where we work. The previous posts describing how we are “Raising the Bars” can be found below:

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NASTAD at USCA 2014: How Women are Being Impacted along the HIV Care Continuum by Violence

By Michelle Allen, Senior Associate, Communications, NASTAD

Gender-Specific Care ContinuumEvery year since 1988, the National Minority AIDS Council (NMAC) has convened the annual United States Conference on AIDS (USCA). USCA brings together service providers, healthcare professionals, advocates, people living with HIV/AIDS, and policymakers to increase the strength and diversity of the community-based response to the HIV/AIDS epidemic through education, training, new partnerships, collaboration and networking. Continue reading

Raising the Bars: Supporting Community Mobilization and Outreach to Facilitate Access to the HIV Care Continuum

By Lucy Slater, Director, Global Program, NASTAD

NASTAD’s Global Program builds the organizational, programmatic and human resource capacity of regional/state public sector AIDS program counterparts around the world.

Raising the Bars - Community Outreach and MobilizationThe HIV Care Continuum provides a tool to measure progress toward stronger outcomes, and helps move closer toward achieving an AIDS-free generation. NASTAD’s work strengthens the HIV Care Continuum through strong partnerships and by providing targeted training, technical assistance and supportive supervision. Continue reading