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President’s 2018 Budget Threatens Access to Care and Quality of Life for People Living With HIV

On Tuesday May 23rd, President Trump’s first full budget request served as a disturbing reminder of the President’s true priorities: cutting taxes for the rich and bolstering war spending on the backs of low-income and underserved people. The budget also exemplifies the President’s lack of consistency and vision, with cuts to the Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program that contradict his skinny budget’s assertion that HHS would, “fund the highest priorities, such as health services through community health centers and Ryan White HIV/AIDS providers.

Posted By: AIDS United, Policy Department - Friday, May 26, 2017


The American Health Care Act Rips Health Care From 23 Million, Says New CBO Score

The long-awaited analysis of the American Health Care Act (AHCA) was released late Wednesday by the Congressional Budget Office, congress’ non-partisan scorekeeper. The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) has made it clear: The American Health Care Act (AHCA) would devastate the individual insurance markets in states where one-sixth of the population resides, it would cost 23 million people health care coverage within 10 years, and it would be devastate the health and wellbeing of people living with chronic conditions like HIV/AIDS.

Posted By: AIDS United, Policy Department - Friday, May 26, 2017


With First Budget, President Trump Cuts a Gaping Hole in the Safety Net

During his campaign, Donald Trump vowed that he would not cut Medicaid, Medicare of Social Security if he were to become President. Now, in his first fully fleshed out budget since taking office, President Trump has gone back on his word and the some, espousing a reprehensible series of cuts to safety net programs and placing millions of Americans at tremendous risk.

Posted By: AIDS United, Policy Department - Friday, May 26, 2017


Expanded “Global Gag Rule” Threatens Global HIV/AIDS Progress

Under previous Republican administrations, the Mexico City Policy, or "Global Gag Rule", has been an extremely harmful, ideologically driven policy that withheld global health assistance for family planning programs to any foreign NGO that provides abortion services, counsels or refers clients to abortion services, or in any way advocates for laws permitting abortion. The Trump administration has multiplied the devastating impact of the Global Gag Rule 15-fold, expanding the funding ban to virtually all US global health assistance, placing the progress against the HIV epidemic in the developing world over a decade at risk.

Posted By: AIDS United, Policy Department - Friday, May 19, 2017


Jeff Sessions Declares War On Drugs and Drug Users

In a memo released last Friday, Attorney General Jeff Sessions instructed federal prosecutors nationwide to seek the strongest possible charges and sentences against their defendants. This policy change rescinds the guidelines released by then-Attorney General Eric Holder in 2013, designed to curtail harsh sentences for defendants charged with low-level drug offenses and signals a return to the failed war on drugs policies of the past.

Posted By: AIDS United, Policy Department - Friday, May 19, 2017


Medicaid Cuts Take Center Stage As Senate Takes Up ACA Repeal

After Republican leadership in the House of Representatives passed their heavily amended and unpopular version of the American Health Care Act (AHCA) two weeks ago, the response from Republicans in the Senate was one of caution, characterized by a lack of confidence in the legislation put forth by their colleagues in the House an unwillingness to set any concrete deadlines for their version of the bill. Some of the reticence to act on the part of Senate Republicans certainly comes from internal debates about just how much they want to cut Medicaid, but recent reports suggest an even simpler reason: The House still hasn’t given them the bill yet.

Posted By: AIDS United, Policy Department - Friday, May 19, 2017


With 133 Days Until Current Government Funding Runs Out, Crafting FY 2018 Spending Begins

If all goes according to plan, President Trump’s FY 18 budget will be released on May 23rd. That document will detail the dramatic domestic cuts and $54 billion military boost the White House proposed in March. A president’s budget traditionally serves as a benchmark for lawmakers to begin to formulate spending bills for funding the government starting Oct. 1. We wait with baited breath for what President Trump’s budget will propose.

Posted By: AIDS United, Policy Department - Friday, May 19, 2017


Raising Awareness on National Hepatitis Testing Day

Emalie Huriaux is the director of federal and state affairs at Project Inform, where she works on hepatitis C advocacy on the state and federal levels. May 19 is National Hepatitis Testing Day, so we caught up with Emalie to learn more!

Posted By: Sarah Hashmall, Communications Manager - Wednesday, May 17, 2017


Breaking the Silence to Change Hearts and Minds

Lance Toma is the Executive Director of API Wellness, an LGBTQ and people of color community health center in San Francisco that transforms lives by advancing health, wellness, and equality. Lance has been working in HIV for over 20 years, and his work is firmly grounded in social justice. This May 19 is National Asian & Pacific Islander HIV/AIDS Awareness Day. We caught up with Lance to learn more about the significance of this day, the barriers faced by Asian and Pacific Islander (API) communities, and his motivations for doing this work.

Posted By: Sarah Hashmall, Communications Manager - Tuesday, May 16, 2017


CDC: Hepatitis C Infection Rates Skyrocketing

According to a staggering new report from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the number of new Hepatitis C virus infections nearly tripled between 2010 and 2015. And, with the continued growth of the opioid epidemic and the policies of the Trump administration and Republicans in Congress, it couldn't come at a worse time.

Posted By: AIDS United, Policy Department - Friday, May 12, 2017

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