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ACA Sabotage: While the President undermines the ACA, Congress takes steps to maintain it

After three major failures by Senate Republicans to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA), President Trump continued his efforts to undermine the law, announcing last Thursday that his administration would no longer pay subsidies to health insurance companies – called Cost-Sharing Reductions (CSRs) – that cover some of the costs of medical care for low- to middle-income Americans. However, thanks to the bipartisan work of Senators Lamar Alexander (R-TN) and Patty Murray (D-WA), there are already efforts on the table in Congress to extend the funding for CSRs.

Posted By: AIDS United, Policy Department - Friday, October 20, 2017


Community Health Centers Left High and Dry by Congressional Inaction

On September 30th, federal funding for Community Health Centers (CHCs) expired and, as of right now, Congress does not seem eager to ensure that it is restored. Lost amidst the coverage of the chaos caused by the Trump administration’s repeated attacks on the Affordable Care Act and Congress’s on-again, off-again attempts to stabilize the health care marketplaces, the failure of members of Congress to pass legislation to fund CHCs has flown under the radar. However, should Congress fail to act quickly to restore that funding, the results would be catastrophic, particularly for the medically underserved and uninsured individuals who rely upon the services of Community Health Centers for their care.

Posted By: AIDS United, Policy Department - Friday, October 20, 2017


Congressional Watch: Setting the Stage for Budget-Busting Tax Cuts

The House of Representatives was out this week for a district work period, leaving congressional action focused in the Senate. While there was much deserved attention to the ups and downs of the bipartisan agreement on legislation to stabilize the Affordable Care Act's health insurance marketplaces, the substantive item was the full Senate’s debate and vote on its FY 2018 budget resolution. Budget resolutions are intended to establish the framework, budget totals, and broad category allocations for a fiscal year’s actual appropriations process. The FY 2018 Senate resolution does that but its real purpose, as the president noted on Twitter Thursday, is to set the stage for “massive tax cuts” that are being proposed by congressional Republicans and the president.

Posted By: AIDS United, Policy Department - Friday, October 20, 2017


How to Practice Organizational Integrity, Part 3: Notice Implicit Bias, Especially in Hiring

Many HIV-focused organizations are struggling with diversity in leadership, where the leadership is primarily white, or male, or straight, or otherwise homogeneous. It’s time to change the culture of our organizations, and embrace a culture that fully supports those most affected by the epidemic to thrive and do brilliant work. In this three-part Organizational Integrity blog series, Kaytee Ray-Riek explore steps organizations can take to become more inclusive, and ultimately more effective.

Posted By: Guest Blogger: Kaytee Ray-Riek, Organizational Culture Expert - Wednesday, October 18, 2017


Congressional Watch: Disaster Funding Slowly Emerges

This week the House has been in session while the Senate was out for a Columbus Day recess. Pushing efforts to supply much needed financial relief across multiple disaster stricken states and territories, the House managed to pass a $36.5 billion package of funding. The spending bill is a supplemental appropriations package that is outside of the regular 12 appropriations bills that fund government operations. The bill contains a mix of disaster aid and funding for FEMA’s Community Disaster Loan program.

Posted By: AIDS United, Policy Department - Friday, October 13, 2017


Continued Inaction in Washington Compounds Suffering for People of Puerto Rico

Shortly before sunrise on Thursday, President Trump once again took to Twitter, renewing his attacks on the American citizens of Puerto Rico while threatening to cut off aid to the U.S. territory. Placing the blame for the suffering incurred in the wake of Hurricane Maria entirely on the inhabitants and government of Puerto Rico while touting his administration’s response, Trump tweeted that the United States government, “cannot keep FEMA, the Military & the First Responders, who have been amazing (under the most difficult circumstances) in P.R. forever!”

Posted By: AIDS United, Policy Department - Friday, October 13, 2017


National Latinx AIDS Awareness Day 2017

Today we’re proud to welcome Guillermo Chacón, President of the Latino Commission on AIDS (LCOA) and Founder of the Hispanic Health Network, to share his thoughts on National Latinx AIDS Awareness Day.

Posted By: Guillermo Chacón, the Latino Commission on AIDS - Thursday, October 12, 2017


Trump Moves Forward on Executive Actions to Sabotage the ACA

On Thursday morning, President Trump signed an Executive Order (EO) that directs departments in his Administration to undermine the Affordable Care Act (ACA) even more than they already have. Thursday evening, the Trump Administration announced that it will no longer pay cost-sharing reductions (CSRs) to insurance companies to offset the cost of medical care for low-income Americans.These actions comes after three major failures by Senate Republicans to repeal and replace the ACA, angering conservative constituents and donors alike.

Posted By: AIDS United, Policy Department - Thursday, October 12, 2017


Raising HIV Awareness in the Latinx Community

David Michael Pérez is the director of development at the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC). This National Latinx HIV and AIDS Awareness Day, we caught up with David to learn more about LULAC’s work in HIV, the impact of HIV on the Latinx community, and his passion for work with the LGBTQ community.

Posted By: Sarah Hashmall, Communications Manager - Wednesday, October 11, 2017


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

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