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JUN14

House Appropriations Bills Prioritize Spending Increases For HIV & Healthcare

It seems that legislators, especially in the House, remain committed to completing all spending bills for the 2020 fiscal year (FY20) ahead of their September 30 deadline. House lawmakers are considering a “minibus” that includes funding for State and Foreign Operations; Defense; Energy and Water; and Labor, Health and Human Services, Education (L-HHS), which covers most funding for domestic HIV care and prevention programs.

Posted By: AIDS United, Policy Department - Friday, June 14, 2019


JUN14

How US Immigration Policy Killed Johana Medina León

Six months ago, Johana Medina León left her home in El Salvador to find refuge in the United States. As a transgender woman living with HIV in a country where the LGBT community is frequently terrorized by homophobic and transphobic violence, Medina León felt as if her only chance for survival was to seek asylum in America. What Medina León actually found in the United States was not asylum, but inhumane treatment and negligent medical care that resulted in her death

Posted By: AIDS United, Policy Department - Friday, June 14, 2019


JUN14

Remarks by Jesse Milan, Jr. at the LGBTQ Community Leaders’ Pride Meeting with Democratic U.S. Senators

On June 12, 2019, AIDS United’s President and CEO, Jesse Milan, Jr., represented the HIV community among a group of the nation’s leading lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) community leaders who were invited to a roundtable meeting with the U.S. Senate Democratic Steering and Outreach Committee. Here are his remarks:

Posted By: Jesse Milan, Jr. AIDS United CEO - Friday, June 14, 2019


JUN07

As Spending Bills Move Forward in the House, Conflict Looms

With just 116 days left of this fiscal year and with a contentious disaster relief bill finally out of the way, legislators, especially in the House, return their attention in earnest to fiscal year 2020 (FY20) appropriations.

Posted By: AIDS United, Policy Department - Friday, June 07, 2019


JUN07

Unintended Consequences: HIV Long Term Survivors Are At Increased Risk of Heart Disease

In the 21st century, one of the most vital issues that must be addressed by HIV advocates and health researchers concerns the relationship between HIV and aging. A recent report authored by the American Heart Association and published in the journal Circulation underscored the importance of examining this relationship, stating that people living with HIV suffer heart attacks, strokes, heart failure, sudden cardiac deaths, and other heart-related diseases at higher rates than the general population.

Posted By: AIDS United, Policy Department - Friday, June 07, 2019


MAY24

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


MAY24

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


MAY20

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


MAY20

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


MAY10

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



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