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Disaster Relief Is Badly Needed, But Congress Continues To Make Impacted Communities Wait

After being caught up in partisan gridlock for several months, a disaster relief bill to provide much-needed funding to areas of the country experiencing climate-related emergencies was all set to be signed into law by President Trump before Congress closed its doors for Memorial Day recess. That was, until one member of Congress raised objections to the legislation on the House floor.

Posted By: AIDS United, Policy Department - Friday, May 24, 2019


The Damage From Anti-Abortion Legislation Will Be Felt Deeply In Communities Impacted By HIV

Taking cues from the Trump administration’s – and VP Mike Pence’s, specifically – anti-choice influence in federal policies surrounding sexual and reproductive health, several state legislatures have enacted egregious restrictions on safe and legal abortion care in recent weeks.

Posted By: AIDS United, Policy Department - Friday, May 24, 2019


In Their Own Words: A Review of the Congressional Hearing on HIV Drug Pricing

In an effort to best encapsulate the powerful nature of the testimony of the HIV advocates present at the recent Congressional hearing on drug pricing around Gilead Sciences’ HIV prevention drug Truvada and the remarks of many of the members of the House, we thought it was best to provide you with their own word.

Posted By: AIDS United, Policy Department - Monday, May 20, 2019


State Medicaid Programs Struggle to Fight Off Harmful Changes & Inaction

While federal legislators stall on large-scale health care reform, state houses are taking the matters into their own hands – particularly in Republican-controlled states leveraging the Trump Administration’s willingness to alter federal health regulations in programs like Medicaid, which covers approximately 40% of people living with HIV currently in care.

Posted By: AIDS United, Policy Department - Monday, May 20, 2019


Our chat with Kelsey Louie for Hepatitis Testing Day and API HIV/AIDS Awareness Day

In recognition of National Asian & Pacific Islander HIV/AIDS Awareness Day and National Hepatitis Testing Day, we caught up with GMHC to learn more about their work in those areas.

Posted By: Sarah Hashmall, Communications Manager - Friday, May 17, 2019


Congressional Fight Over Disaster Relief Doesn't Bode Well for Appropriations Talks

Although the House is surprisingly on-schedule in producing appropriations legislation, a separate funding bill foreshadows potentially difficult reconciliations with the Senate when fiscal year 2020 spending is debated.

Posted By: AIDS United, Policy Department - Friday, May 10, 2019


Gilead Sciences to Donate PrEP to Uninsured Americans in New Agreement with Trump Administration

Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar announced Thursday that the Trump Administration and Gilead Sciences—the manufacturer of Truvada—had reached an agreement for the pharmaceutical manufacturer to donate PrEP to up to 200,000 uninsured individuals annually through at least 2025, and potentially through 2030.

Posted By: AIDS United, Policy Department - Friday, May 10, 2019


Though 2020 Federal Funding Bills’ Futures Unclear, Representatives Release Robust Health Spending Plans

While there is bipartisan desire to avoid a government shutdown by funding the federal government for fiscal year 2020, beginning October 1st of this year, lawmakers have to agree on the basics of federal yearly spending before doing so – and then will still need to convince President Trump to sign a bill with higher spending plans into law.

Posted By: AIDS United, Policy Department - Friday, May 03, 2019


Syringe Services Programs Can Help End the Opioid Epidemic, But We Have to Fund Them First

In 2019, the United States is firmly in the throes of an opioid crisis that is increasingly being driven by injection drug use of substances like heroin and fentanyl that place those who inject drugs at high risk of overdose and of contracting infectious diseases like HIV and Hepatitis C (HCV). But government funding for syringe services program is woefully insufficient to meet the current need. For now, it may be up to private philanthropy to step in and fund SSPs where federal, state, and local governments will not.

Posted By: AIDS United, Policy Department - Wednesday, May 01, 2019


Putting It Simply: Harm Reduction Works

Thomas Bridgen, the Grants Lead for people who use drugs at the Elton John Aids Foundation (EJAF) in London, on how he became involved in harm reduction, a funder’s perspective on investing in harm reduction, and his motivations for doing this work.

Posted By: Sarah Hashmall, Communications Manager - Tuesday, April 30, 2019

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