Monday, April 07, 2014

Voices Carry in the Clouds Part 1

It's another week and none to soon as a spring cold bedeviled myself and from what I've learned quite a few others who had sinus issues, those pesky airborne items that give us fits, not to mention the ever changing weather that leaves us guessing from day to day. Nevertheless, you take a licking but do your best to keep on ticking. With that said, we move on to update with the latest items that made the COP 24/7 cut...

The Affordable Care Act Spin Down

Just in case you attempted to get that application turned in and didn't quite get through, you still can April 15, 2014. The Obama administration announced last week that people who were in line to enroll for health insurance through the Marketplace but could not complete the application have until will be allowed to complete the enrollment process.

To date some additional enrollments have pushed the number forward surpassing 7.1 Million and counting. Of course depending on who you ask, there are those naysayers who are still cat calling that these numbers are "cooked," inflated and damn near just not possible in their minds eye. Could this program actually hit a need nerve that rallied folks into lines as well as sending the website into a virtual "tilt"? Give it a break naysayers! Let's get it together and see if we can make this work. There is still some in person assistance available check

People who qualify for a “special enrollment period” are not subject to the April 15 deadline.
For more information on special enrollment, click here.

National Public Health Week 2014

National Public Health Week 2014 is April 7th -13th. This year's theme is Public Health: Start Here, including a daily theme on April 8th of Don't panic: Disaster preparedness . The American Public Health Association (APHA) has made a toolkit available, including "fact sheets, media outreach materials, suggested community events, legislative information, resources and activities." As we have focused on implementation of the Affordable Care Act, we must remember the importance of Public Health especially in the world of HIV/AIDS.

National Youth HIV/AIDS Awareness Day: April 10

From : Today's young people are the first generation that has never known a world without HIV and AIDS. In the United States, almost 40 percent of new HIV infections are young people ages 13 to 29. Despite this harsh reality, young people and their allies are determined to end this pandemic once and for all.

It’s more important than ever to recommit to the fight against HIV and AIDS. We must continue to invest in scientific advancements like a vaccine and a cure - without forgetting the importance of prevention strategies and ensuring equal access to information and healthcare for everyone.

And most importantly, we must invest in young people - bring them to the table not only as partners, but as leaders that can truly turn the tide of the HIV and AIDS epidemic. Only by fully investing in young people - in their health, their education, and their leadership - can we reach an AIDS-free generation.

To plan an event or take action, go to or

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