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As you likely heard, a deal was struck this week that funded the government for three months and raised the debt ceiling, thereby re-opening the federal government and avoiding a default on our credit by the federal government.

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This week marked the second week of a federal government shutdown.  And as we inch closer to the October 17th federal debt ceiling deadline, the first “thaw” came in the current political stalemate.  On Thursday, House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) announced that he would offer a temporary debt ceiling increase of six weeks, to continue negotiations over government funding fo

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As you have likely heard by now, Congress was unable to come to an agreement on a Continuing Resolution (CR) for fiscal year (FY) 2014 funding by the end of the fiscal year, and at 12:01 on October 1, the federal government shutdown. This is the first shutdown of the federal government in 17 years, since the 21-day shutdown in 1996.

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The debate over a short-term funding bill that will keep the government open for the coming months continues in Washington, D.C.  As was mentioned in last week’s NCSD Federal Policy Update, much of the current debate centers around funding for the Affordable Care Act (ACA).  After some deba

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Today, the House of Representative passed a fiscal year 2014 Continuing Resolution (CR) that would keep the government running until December 15.  This bill strips all funding from the Affordable Care Act and funds the government at essentially its current level ($986 billion).  Stripping the funding for the ACA as part of the CR bill is the key difference

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This week, a fiscal year (FY) 2014 Continuing Resolution (CR) was released by the House Appropriations Committee.

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On Monday, the House Appropriations Committee unexpectedly announced that the House Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education Subcommittee (

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On July 1, Governor Abercrombie of Hawaii signed Senate Bill 655 into law, officially making expedited partner therapy (EPT) legal in Hawaii.  

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This week, the Senate Appropriations Committee marked-up its fiscal year (FY) 2014 Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and Related Agencies (LHHS) Appropriations bill, which is the bill that funds most federal health spending, including funding for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

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Next week, the Senate Labor, Health and Human Services (LHHS) Appropriations bill is scheduled to be marked up both subcommittee and full committee.  The LHHS Appropriations bill provides for most federal health care funding, including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).  The Senate’s bill is widely expected to be the “high-water mark” for LHHS programs, as the Senat

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The National Coalition for Sexual Health (NCSH) is pleased to announce the release of a new, easy-to-use guide and website, Take Charge of Your Sexual Health: What you nee

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On December 19th, 2013, the American Sexual Health Association (ASHA) and the National Coalition of STD Directors (NCSD) convened a small group of stakeholders from the policy, research, cancer, healthcare provider and sexual health fields to discuss potential policy actions to facilitate HPV/Pap co-testing, and adherence to screening guidelines.

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