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Banding Together To Stop The Trump Administration’s ACA Sabotage

With his Plan A of repealing and replacing the ACA on hold for the moment while the Congressional GOP licks their wounds and plans their next legislative attack, the Trump Administration has turned to what has always been their Plan B: sabotage. It is up to us as HIV and health care advocates to ensure that ACA marketplaces survive and thrive as they were meant to. This will certainly not be an easy task, but we don’t have to do it alone.

Posted By: AIDS United, Policy Department - Friday, October 06, 2017


Continuing Forward: Leadership For Now

I got a call in May 2016. “Jesse we are searching for the interim President & CEO of AIDS United…. Are you interested?” Without missing a heartbeat, I thought to myself, “You must do this – now!” My life changed immediately. I could never have predicted all the other changes coming in 2016. For all of us living with, working for, and affected by HIV in America, 2016 was a year of unexpected change.

Posted By: Jesse Milan, Jr, President & CEO, AIDS United - Wednesday, October 04, 2017


Graham-Cassidy May Be Dead, But Health Care Is Still Under Attack

In what has become a recurring motif this year, yet another piece of legislation designed to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act has fizzled out just short of the finish line, leaving the Trump Administration and Congressional Republican leaders empty-handed once again. Thanks in large part to the tireless efforts of a broad coalition of health care advocates including many from the HIV community, the GOP’s 11th hour attempt to make good on their 7-year quest to destroy the ACA was foiled on Tuesday, as three GOP Senators (Susan Collins of Maine, John McCain of Arizona, and Rand Paul of Kentucky) declared their opposition.

Posted By: AIDS United, Policy Department - Friday, September 29, 2017


When It Comes To The Opioid Crisis, The Trump Administration Has Been All Talk & No Action

On the campaign trail, then-candidate Donald Trump often promised to end the opioid crisis, especially in states that had been most affected. He assured his base that he would end the international flow of illegal drugs, to work with the FDA to fast-track approvals for medication-assisted treatment (MAT) drugs and non-addictive painkillers, and to increase mandatory minimum sentences for drug offenders. So far, however, critics note that the Trump Administration has done little to address the crisis.

Posted By: AIDS United, Policy Department - Friday, September 29, 2017


Thanks To You, Graham-Cassidy Is Gone!

You’ve done it again! Once more, we asked you to step up to the plate and stop the GOP’s efforts to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act. And, just like you have all year, you answered the call and let your Members of Congress know that the ACA is here to stay!

Posted By: AIDS United - Tuesday, September 26, 2017


Reconciliation Rush: Senate Republicans push dangerous ACA repeal before September deadline

Contrary to the wishes of a vast array of medical associations, state governors from both parties, state Medicaid directors, health insurance companies, hospitals and the bulk of the general public, the Republican Party is making one last push to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act. Their final attempt, a bill created by Senators Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and Bill Cassidy (R-LA) is widely viewed as the most draconian and harmful so far. Yet, with reconciliation instructions running out in a week's time & the GOP desperate to make good on their 7-year long pledge to repeal Obamacare, its chances of passage look very real.

Posted By: AIDS United, Policy Department - Friday, September 22, 2017


The Trump Administration’s Plan B on Health Care: Make the ACA Fail

At this point in his presidency, it is safe to say that President Trump cares far more about repealing the ACA than he does providing a viable replacement that would insure Americans in similar or greater numbers. This compulsion to undo arguably the most important achievement of President Obama’s 8 years in The White House should come as a shock to no one, particularly if you’ve been paying attention to Trump’s oft-threatened Plan B regarding health care: to let Obamacare fail and pass the blame on to the Democrats. Over the past few weeks, Trump has doubled down on his Plan B by slashing funding for ACA advertising and navigators.

Posted By: AIDS United, Policy Department - Friday, September 22, 2017


Now More Than Ever: Helping the HIV Community Recover from Hurricanes Harvey & Irma

Right now, there is a tremendous need among the HIV communities across the South that were devastated by Hurricanes Harvey and Irma, and we at AIDS United are determined to see that that need is met. In this spirit AIDS United teamed up with the NMAC to coordinate the distribution of a $1 million fund provided by Gilead Sciences to ensure that people living with and affected by HIV in areas impacted by these storms receive the care and support that they need.

Posted By: AIDS United, Policy Department - Friday, September 15, 2017


The Senate Holds Health Care Hearings, Repeal and Replace Returns, and the Administration Makes ACA Cuts

Health care came roaring back to center stage this week, as two competing groups of Senators introduced bills with widely differing visions of the future. On the Republican side, Senators Bill Cassidy (R-LA) Lindsey Graham (R-SC), Dean Heller (R-NV) and Ron Johnson (R-WI) introduced a measure that has been billed as a “last ditch” effort to repeal and replace Obamacare. On the other side of the aisle, Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) and a host of prominent Democrats introduced a Medicare-For-All bill that looks to put the US on the path to universal healthcare.

Posted By: AIDS United, Policy Department - Friday, September 15, 2017


In Confirming Dr. Jerome Adams, America Gains a Surgeon General With HIV Experience

On Thursday, Dr. Jerome Adams, the Indiana State Health Commissioner who was responsible for leading the response to the outbreak of HIV linked to people who use injection drugs in rural Scott County, Indiana in 2015, was confirmed as the nation’s 20th Surgeon General. The confirmation came days after a nomination hearing before the U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) for Dr. Adams and several other Trump administration nominations related to public health.

Posted By: AIDS United, Policy Department - Friday, August 04, 2017

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