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MAY18

After a Big Buildup, the Trump Administration’s Drug Pricing Plan Doesn’t Deliver

Last Friday, President Trump and Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services Alex Azar unveiled the administration’s plan to lower prescription drug prices, but health policy experts are warning that the proposals fall short of the promises he made on the campaign trail and will do little to address the root causes of the issue.

Posted By: AIDS United, Policy Department - Friday, May 18, 2018


MAY18

AIDS United Condemns the Trump Administration’s Domestic Gag Rule on Family Planning Providers

For decades, the Title X family planning program has played an indispensable role as the nation’s only federal program devoted to the provision of affordable reproductive health services to low income and underserved communities. The Trump administration is expected to attack the program and the millions of people who rely on it for care by instituting a domestic “gag rule” on all recipients of Title X funding

Posted By: AIDS United, Policy Department - Friday, May 18, 2018


MAY18

Amanda Reese: People who Use Drugs Deserve Compassionate Care

Amanda Reese is part of the team at Open Aid Alliance, a grantee of the Syringe Access Fund, which is managed by AIDS United. Open Aid Alliance is a Montana organization dedicated to engaging and empowering hard to reach, underserved people by promoting harm reduction and compassionate care. May is Hepatitis Awareness Month, so we caught up with Amanda to learn more about the intersections of drug use, HIV, and Hepatitis; Open Aid Alliance's syringe service program; and what motivates her to do this critical work.

Posted By: Sarah Hashmall, Communications Manager - Friday, May 18, 2018


MAY18

In the Senate, the 340B Drug Pricing Program Finds More Backers Than Detractors

Earlier this week, the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions committee (HELP) held their second hearing this year on the 340B Drug Pricing program. The responses and questioning from the members of the Senate HELP committee were largely supportive of the safety net hospitals and other entities benefiting from the 340B program, but scrutiny will likely remain.

Posted By: AIDS United, Policy Department - Friday, May 18, 2018


MAY17

Cecilia Chung: Finding My Purpose

Cecilia Chung is Senior Director of Strategic Projects for the Transgender Law Center and a Health Commissioner of San Francisco. Ms. Chung is an internationally recognized human rights leader who advocates for HIV/AIDS awareness and treatment access, as well as LGBT equality, and social justice broadly. She is a founder of Positively Trans, a project focused on trans leaders with HIV. She also the first person of trans experience to serve on AIDS United’s Board. We were honored to talk with Ms. Chung about her work, motivations, and the importance of National Asian and Pacific Islander HIV/AIDS Awareness Day.

Posted By: Sarah Hashmall, Communications Manager - Thursday, May 17, 2018


MAY14

Meet Sarah Ziegenhorn: Harm Reduction Powerhouse

Sarah Ziegenhorn is the Executive Director and co-founder of the Iowa Harm Reduction Coalition (IHRC), a grantee of the Syringe Access Fund. She oversees the organization’s community outreach, overdose prevention, legislative advocacy, and harm reduction education programs, as well as development and evaluation. May is Hepatitis Awareness Month, so we caught up with Sarah to learn more about the intersections of drug use, HIV, and Hepatitis; her state advocacy work; and what inspires her to keep fighting.

Posted By: Sarah Hashmall, Communications Manager - Monday, May 14, 2018


MAY11

Instead of a Ryan White Act for Opioids, the House Nibbles Around The Edges

The House Committee on Energy & Commerce advanced 25 separate pieces of legislation earlier this week designed to address the opioid epidemic in the United States. Unfortunately, most of the bills didn't get at the key drivers of the epidemic, focusing more on more reactive policy changes around prescribing practices and supply reduction that provide no additional funding to tackle the crisis.

Posted By: AIDS United, Policy Department - Friday, May 11, 2018


MAY11

Trump Administration Spending Cuts Met with Chilly Reception in Congress

After weeks of speculation, President Trump finally unveiled his proposed rescissions package, which would eliminate funding the recently passed Fiscal Year 2018 spending deal, but from earlier appropriations bills. Of the $15.4 billion in cuts nearly half were to the Children’s Health Insurance Program.

Posted By: AIDS United, Policy Department - Friday, May 11, 2018


MAY01

My HIV diagnosis helped me find my life passion

Social media and DJing don't usually come to mind when you think of HIV and AIDS activism. So, let me start from the beginning.

Posted By: Guest Blog: Derek Canas - Tuesday, May 01, 2018


APR27

Acting Natural: Congress Attempts to Restore Regular Order to FY19 Appropriations Process

Congress continues to gear up for what looks to be a much less tumultuous Fiscal Year 2019 appropriations process, if only to save their own seats in the upcoming midterm elections. Senate Appropriations Committee Chairman Richard Shelby (R-AL) met with Senate leadership this week to lay out his plans to vote on twelve separate appropriations bills, one from each of the Senate Appropriations subcommittees, as opposed to considering an omnibus with all twelve bills packed into 1 as has been the case in the past several years.

Posted By: AIDS United, Policy Department - Friday, April 27, 2018



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