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White House, HHS to hold joint briefing on Obamacare and LGBT community

| Thursday, September 12, 2013
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WASHINGTON -- The White House Office of Public Engagement and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services on Thursday will host a joint briefing on the Affordable Healthcare Act and its impact on LGBT Americans.

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HHS announces first guidance implementing Supreme Court’s DOMA ruling

| Thursday, August 29, 2013
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WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced Thursday that all beneficiaries in private Medicare plans have access to equal coverage when it comes to care in a nursing home where their spouse lives.

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Baldwin leads 85 lawmakers calling for end to blood donation ban for gay men

| Friday, August 2, 2013
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WASHINGTON — U.S. Sen. Tammy Baldwin is leading a group of 85 House and Senate lawmakers criticizing what she's says is the sluggish pace the nation's top health officials have taken at reevaluating blood donation policies for gay men.

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DNC 2012: Jubilant LGBT delegates vow to support Obama

LOU CHIBBARO JR. | Washington Blade | Tuesday, September 4, 2012
‘With your efforts we have been able to move our country forward,’ said Valerie Jarrett, White House senior adviser.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Hours before the Democratic National Convention’s opening session was called to order Tuesday night, a record number of more than 550 LGBT delegates, alternate delegates and convention committee members met as a recognized convention caucus.

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AIDS 2012: Sebelius unveils public-private collaborations to fight disease

CHRIS JOHNSON | Washington Blade | Monday, July 23, 2012
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Health & Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius announced four new public-private initiatives on Sunday night aimed at removing barriers that cause some living with HIV/AIDS within the United States to fall out of care.

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HRC Report: 2012 sees progress toward LGBT healthcare equality

| Wednesday, June 20, 2012
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The number of American hospitals striving to treat LGBT patients equally and respectfully is on the rise, according to a report released Tuesday by the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) Foundation at a press conference with U.S. Health & Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius at Howard University Hospital in Washington, D.C.

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Lady Gaga launches ‘Born this Way’ youth empowerment foundation

| Wednesday, February 29, 2012
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CAMBRIDGE, Mass. -- Cultural singing icon, Lady Gaga, née Stefani Germanotta, along with her mother Cynthia Germanotta and media magnate Oprah Winfrey officially launched the pop diva's "Born this Way" foundation Wednesday on the campus of Harvard University.

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White House to host LGBT conferences across the country

[cj_wb] | Friday, January 27, 2012
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The White House announced on Friday it plans to host a series of LGBT conferences throughout the country in early 2012 so the public can “hear directly” from the administration on efforts “to ensure health, well-being, security, justice, and equality for LGBT Americans.”

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Obama Administration extends Medicaid protections to same-sex couples

| Saturday, June 11, 2011
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The Obama Administration on Friday set forth new policy guidelines expanding states’ ability to provide same-sex couples with the same coverage offered to heterosexual couples when they receive long-term care under Medicaid.

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Education Department holds first ever LGBT youth summit aimed at safer schools

| Wednesday, June 8, 2011
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The U.S. Department of Education on Monday kicked off the first-ever LGBT youth summit, a two-day event on "Creating and Maintaining Safe and Supportive Environments for LGBT Youth."

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