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As Some States Make Plans to Codify Their Own Individual Mandate, Others Try To Dismantle the ACA

In the wake of the repeal of the Affordable Care Act's Individual Mandate in the GOP Tax Bill that was passed in December, a number of states have considered taking it onto themselves to implement their own individual mandates. That, plus, Idaho attempts to undermine the ACA.

Posted By: AIDS United, Policy Department - Friday, February 16, 2018


Our Top Blogs and Articles from 2017

Looking for some holiday reading? Check out these pieces from the past year!

Posted By: Sarah Hashmall, Communications Manager - Tuesday, December 19, 2017


Open Enrollment Begins Despite Trump’s Efforts to Weaken the Affordable Care Act

Despite continued action taken by the Trump Administration to undermine the Affordable Care Act (ACA), open enrollment for 2018 coverage began on Wednesday on This year’s sign-up period is about half what it has been in past years; it will only be open until December 15 in most states. Further, the advertising budget for ACA open enrollment was cut by 90 percent by the Administration, which will likely decrease knowledge of enrollment significantly.

Posted By: AIDS United, Policy Department - Friday, November 03, 2017


Against All Odds, Senators Push Bipartisan Legislation to Sustain the Affordable Care Act

It would appear that the rumors of the ACA’s death have been greatly exaggerated. Despite the calculated sabotage of the ACA by the Trump administration and Congressional Republican leadership, a 4th season of open enrollment for health insurance marketplaces is only days away and a bipartisan compromise to keep cost sharing reduction (CSR) payments meant to subsize co-payments, deductibles and other expenses for people with low incomes flowing for another 2 years has considerable support in the Senate.

Posted By: AIDS United, Policy Department - Friday, October 27, 2017


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


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


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


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

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