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SEP22

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


SEP22

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


SEP15

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


SEP15

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


AUG04

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


AUG04

Senate and President at Odds on Health Care; Bipartisan Next Steps Possible

Even as advocates for health care took a minute to celebrate last week’s stunning defeat of Senate efforts to repeal the Affordable Care Act, their attention began to shift to the next steps that the administration and Congress could take in their ongoing efforts to cut back the program. In particular, President Trump in the immediate aftermath of the defeat suggested, by tweet of course, that the administration might sabotage the $8 billion cost sharing reduction (CSR) payments that help subsidize deductibles, co-pays, and co-insurance for low-income people who access insurance in state marketplaces. This would increase insurance costs and has the potential to disrupt markets.

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


AUG04

The Trump Administration Continues Its Assault on LGBT Communities

In the wake of President Trump’s tweet threatening to reinstate the ban on transgender people serving in the military, the LGBT community saw yet another onslaught to their rights this week. On July 26th, Attorney General Jeff Sessions filed an amicus brief with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit arguing that sexual orientation and gender identity are not protected under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. The case in question, Zarda v. Altitude Express, involves a sky-diving instructor who was fired after disclosing his sexual orientation.

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


AUG01

Letter To Senate HELP Committee Concerning Dr. Jerome Adams


Posted By: AIDS United, Policy Department - Tuesday, August 01, 2017


JUL28

President Trump’s Bigotry Exposed As Nation Rallies Behind Transgender Service Members

Without warning, President Trump sent out a series of 3 tweets earlier this week stating that the United States Government will no longer accept or allow transgender individuals to serve in the military in any capacity, saying the US military “cannot be burdened with the tremendous medical costs and disruption” that accompany the inclusion of transgender individuals in the military. While it is difficult for us, as outside observers, to assess the degree to which this rationale reflects President Trump’s actual beliefs, it is incredibly easy to prove the falsity and bigotry inherent in it.

Posted By: AIDS United, Policy Department - Friday, July 28, 2017


JUL28

Senate Defeats Affordable Care Act Repeal!

A funny thing happened on the way to the repeal of the Affordable Care Act. Tens of millions of people from all walks of life and living with all manner of health conditions saw that Congressional Republican leadership was planning to rob them of their health care and we simply said, no. Now, after nearly 7 months of relentless, heroic protest and an absolutely chaotic week in the Senate, it is over. For now, we have won.

Posted By: AIDS United, Policy Department - Friday, July 28, 2017



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