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In The House and Senate, Tax Plans That Would Devastate People Living With HIV Take Shape

On Thursday afternoon, Congressional Republicans took their largest and most concrete step towards the largest revamping of the U.S. tax code in more than 3 decades as the House of Representatives passed its tax overhaul bill by a vote of 227 to 205. The bill would provide $1.5 trillion in tax cuts is dramatically skewed towards high-income households, with nearly 40 percent of the bill’s tax savings being distributed to families with annual incomes over $1 million. Meanwhile, the Senate Finance Committee approved a plan that would increase the deficit by at least $1.4 trillion and repeal the ACA’s individual mandate.

Posted By: AIDS United, Policy Department - Friday, November 17, 2017


President Trump's Public Health Emergency Declaration on Opioids May Harm People Living With HIV

President Trump this week directed acting Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary, Eric Hargan, to issue a Public Health Emergency Declaration on the opioid epidemic. It was the first significant action the administration has taken to address the epidemic, coming after eleven weeks since his initial promise to do so at a press conference on Aug. 10. According to CDC data cited by the president’s Commission on Combating Drug Addiction and the Opioid Crisis, over 11,000 Americans are estimated to have died of a drug overdose in the period since the president said that he would take action on the epidemic. The declaration allows HHS Secretary to redirect some funds dedicated to HIV care and prevention to substance use treatment programs and efforts.

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


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


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


When It Comes To The Opioid Crisis, The Trump Administration Has Been All Talk & No Action

On the campaign trail, then-candidate Donald Trump often promised to end the opioid crisis, especially in states that had been most affected. He assured his base that he would end the international flow of illegal drugs, to work with the FDA to fast-track approvals for medication-assisted treatment (MAT) drugs and non-addictive painkillers, and to increase mandatory minimum sentences for drug offenders. So far, however, critics note that the Trump Administration has done little to address the crisis.

Posted By: AIDS United, Policy Department - Friday, September 29, 2017


Thanks To You, Graham-Cassidy Is Gone!

You’ve done it again! Once more, we asked you to step up to the plate and stop the GOP’s efforts to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act. And, just like you have all year, you answered the call and let your Members of Congress know that the ACA is here to stay!

Posted By: AIDS United - Tuesday, September 26, 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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