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JAN19

As a Government Shutdown Nears, HIV Advocates Prepare For Furloughs

For the fourth time in as many months, Congress is in danger of failing to fund the federal government and once again finds itself standing on the precipice of a government shutdown. In the previous three instances, the Republican leadership in the House and Senate have won the support of their GOP colleagues and a smattering of Democrats by pushing short-term funding extensions designed to keep the government open long enough to negotiate a year-long spending package. However, after watching GOP leadership repeatedly kick the budgetary can down the road and after a disastrous meeting on immigration with President Trump last week, Senate Democrats and a few Senate Republicans appear poised to say enough.

Posted By: AIDS United, Policy Department - Friday, January 19, 2018


JAN19

GOP Attacks on Drug Pricing Program Have Advocates Worried

A program that lowers drug costs for Ryan White clinics, community health centers, family planning clinics, and hospitals serving low-income patients is under attack by some Republicans in Congress and the Trump Administration. Efforts to reduce the scope of the program are being advanced on Capitol Hill by the pharmaceutical industry and its allies.

Posted By: Richard Sorian, Senior VP of Communications for 340B Health - Friday, January 19, 2018


JAN19

Medicaid Work Requirements: Coming Soon to a State Near You

Last Friday, the Trump Administration approved a plan for Kentucky to overhaul how Medicaid is distributed in the state by adding work requirements to eligibility standards. The change is the first of its kind, as Medicaid eligibility has been determined solely by income level or disability status since the program’s creation in 1965. Healthcare advocates worry that introducing work requirements will limit people’s access to coverage by adding yet another bureaucratic hoop to jump through – especially as it has been seen time and again that the majority of Medicaid recipients who can work already do.

Posted By: AIDS United, Policy Department - Friday, January 19, 2018


JAN12

Another Stalemate & Possible Shutdown Loom Over Congress

At the start of 2017, Congressional Republicans laid out an ambitious conservative agenda. In their “200 Day Plan”, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) unveiled an extensive to-do list. Fast-Forward to the start of 2018 and the GOP has only fulfilled one of these goals—narrowly passing their tax cut legislation in December—and it doesn’t look like they’ll be able to make much headway on the rest of their to-do-list this year.

Posted By: AIDS United, Policy Department - Friday, January 12, 2018


JAN12

HHS Nominee Azar Questioned on Drug Pricing in Senate Finance Hearing

On Tuesday, the Senate Finance Committee held the second hearing for Alex Azar, President Trump’s nominee for the Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). Azar, the former president of Lilly USA, the North American branch of Eli Lilly Pharmaceuticals, faced criticism from the Democratic senators on the committee for his role in increasing drug prices as a pharma executive.

Posted By: AIDS United, Policy Department - Friday, January 12, 2018


JAN12

In Northern Kentucky, Fears of Another Injection Drug Use-Driven HIV Outbreak Mount

State health labs and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have begun investigating a cluster of new HIV infections in Northern Kentucky. The counties of Kenton and Campbell are home to 18 people who were newly diagnosed as HIV positive in 2017 and who reported syringe sharing behaviors. Concern is mounting that the 40% rise in HIV rates from 2016 to 2017 in Northern Kentucky may indicate an emerging injection drug use-driven, Scott County, Indiana-like HIV outbreak.

Posted By: AIDS United, Policy Department - Friday, January 12, 2018


JAN10

AIDS United at NAESM 2018!

From January 18th – 21st, the NAESM Leadership Conference will take place in Atlanta, GA. The conference is a venue for the new generation of HIV public health professionals to collaborate, innovate, and help shape the future of African-American MSM/YMSM public health matters; A venue to present, discusses, and examine social determinants of health in the context spirituality, religiosity, and faith through the perspectives of black gay men.

Posted By: AIDS United - Wednesday, January 10, 2018


JAN05

In 2018, The HIV Community’s Fight Continues & Intensifies

2017 was a year in which HIV advocates achieved more than many thought possible given the dire political circumstances, but it was also a year in which many people suffered needlessly from the proliferation of unjust policies from Washington. People living with and affected by HIV locked arms in solidarity with the oppressed and vulnerable people of this nation, letting the people in power know that the repeal of the Affordable Care Act, creation of grossly unjust tax policies, and institutionalized discrimination against people of color, religious minorities, and the LGBT community would not stand. Less than a week into the new year, it is clear that the same vigilance and energy we put into fighting for health and basic human rights of people living with or affected by HIV will be needed again in 2018.

Posted By: AIDS United, Policy Department - Friday, January 05, 2018


JAN05

Trump Dismisses HIV/AIDS Advisory Council Members, Worrying Advocates

On December 27, 2017, the Trump administration dismissed the members of the Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS (PACHA) from their positions. The notification came to the former advisors via FedEx letter and was unexpected by most. Nominations for new PACHA members closed early this week, and it is unclear when the Administration plans to appoint advisors – if at all, as he has chosen to leave many positions across the federal government unfilled.

Posted By: AIDS United, Policy Department - Friday, January 05, 2018


DEC22

Congress Passes Another Continuing Resolution, Funding the Government Until Jan 19th

Congress has again managed to scrape together a bill to avoid a government shutdown at the very last minute, with Senators voting 66-32 to approve the roughly four-week continuing resolution. With last night’s passage of Congress’ third short term funding deal which also averts “pay-go,” a rule requiring that Congress pay for its measures or cut spending, the government will stay open through Jan. 19.

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



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