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The Health Initiative to receive federal funds to help LGBTQ people seeking health care

The federal government announced $67 million in grants to organizations assisting people in signing up for coverage in new health plans as part of the Affordable Care Act — and Atlanta-based The Health Initiative will be receiving some federal funding to help people with open enrollment beginning Oct. 1.

How much federal funding The Health Initiative will receive and the exact details of the grant is not yet known at this point. The Health Initiative is a resource for LGBTQ seeking health care resources.

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Department of Health & Human Services comes to Atlanta for LGBT ‘listening session’

HHS Director Kathleen Sebelius

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) will conduct a “listening session” on LGBT health needs on Tuesday, Dec. 20, from 1-4 p.m. at the Sam Nunn Atlanta Federal Center.

HHS has been on a tour of cities across the country, listening to feedback on how the agency can improve the health and well-being of LGBT communities.

Other cities on the tour include Washington, D.C., Houston, Milwaukee, Phoenix, Philadelphia, Portland, Seattle, Denver Hartford and Kansas City.

Secretary Kathleen Sebelius has been tasked by the Obama administration to provide annual recommendations to the president. Feedback from these sessions will be used to create further recommendations to the administration.