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New Congress Begins; Immediately Attacks the Affordable Care Act and Threatens Domestic Programs Critical to Vulnerable Populations

The 115th Congress began on January 3, 2017. Republican leadership wasted no time in articulating their legislative priorities, particularly with respect to the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and other domestic programs. Notably, Republicans are attempting to initiate a budget reconciliation process to repeal key ACA programs without a replacement proposal in sight. Republicans are also using the House rules process to increase oversight of unauthorized programs and agencies, which could force reauthorization battles over programs like Ryan White with little warning to advocates.

Posted By: Carmel Shachar, J.D., M.P.H. - Thursday, January 05, 2017


See You Again In April: Congress Settles For Another Short Term Funding Bill

It wasn't pretty or particularly productive, but Congress once again managed avert self-imposed catastrophe by passing a short term stopgap funding bill mere minutes before the federal government was scheduled shutdown. As the last substantial act of the 114th Congress, it effectively hands over the baton to an incoming Congress that promises uncertainty and the potential reduction or elimination of a number of programs that support people living with HIV.

Posted By: AIDS United, Policy Department - Friday, December 16, 2016


CDC Calls for “Swift Action” to Prevent New HIV Outbreaks Among People Who Inject Drugs

As the opioid epidemic continues to worsen, public health officials are looking to new data and new perspectives to find a way forward. On the heels of their report on trends in HIV diagnoses, risk behaviors and prevention among people who inject drugs, the Centers for Disease Control hosted a press conference to discuss the implementation of syringe service programs in the U.S. Among the key messages delivered: People Who Inject Drugs know better than health care professional what services they need.

Posted By: AIDS United, Policy Department - Friday, December 16, 2016


US Trans Survey - Injustice (Still) At Every Turn

On December 8th, a small group of around 50 transgender advocates, government officials, community members, and survivors got together for the release of the 2015 US Trans Survey (USTS) in Washington D.C. Building off of the groundbreaking work done in the National Trans Discrimination Survey carried out 6 years ago, the 2015 USTS paints a sobering picture of the lived experience of the trans community in America. AIDS United's Kiefer Paterson was at the 2015 USTS launch event and shares his experience:

Posted By: Kiefer Paterson, Syringe Access Policy Organizer, AIDS United - Friday, December 16, 2016


Trump's Nominations Lead To More Uncertainty & Contradiction

Slowly but surely, President-elect Trump has been announcing his nominations for cabinet positions within his administration. Like the President-elect himself, the picks have been surprising, unnerving and, on occasion, downright confusing. Come with us as we analyze three of his most recent nominations for Attorney General, Housing & Urban Development and Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services and how their appointments might effect people living with HIV.

Posted By: AIDS United, Policy Department - Friday, December 09, 2016


Replacing Obamacare: A Look At Competing Conservative Health Care Proposals

During the 6 years since it was signed into law, House Republicans have voted to repeal the Affordable Care Act more than 60 times. Now that the GOP will have control of The White House and both chambers of Congress in 2017, they're certainly going to do something to transform America's health care laws. The question is, what? We can't know for sure, but existing plans from Republican leadership can provide a glimpse of what might be coming down the road.

Posted By: AIDS United, Policy Department - Friday, December 02, 2016


HIV Advocates Face Challenges New & Old After Stunning US Elections

As HIV advocates, many of us went into Tuesday's election laboring under the belief that they would soon be dealing with a new administration led by a woman who had a track record of working to end the HIV epidemic for more than 20 years. Instead, we are faced with a President-elect who has campaigned on the promise of repealing the Affordable Care Act and had no HIV/AIDS policy as part of his campaign. The coming years will most assuredly be tough ones, but experience tells us that we have the strength to persevere through them.

Posted By: AIDS United, Policy Department - Thursday, November 10, 2016


Why More is At Stake This Election Than You Think

Unless you have been living under a rock for the past year, you will likely already know that Tuesday, November 8th is Election Day across the United States. To say that this election cycle has been been hard to watch would be an understatement. The news cycle has been primarily focused on the general public’s disdain towards the candidates and the nasty attacks and harmful rhetoric that has been on display for the world to see (and hear). While having to select the next leader of the free world in these conditions may seem to be disheartening for some, we still need to participate in the political process because too much is at stake.

Posted By: Christina Adeleke, Esq.,Communications and Development Coordinator, North Carolina AIDS Action Network - Monday, November 07, 2016


Race for the White House: HIV is Invisible but Election Outcome will be Real

Rarely in the 240 year history of America have the choices for President contrasted so starkly on such a wide array of issues. Among those issues, health care has undoubtedly been one of the most contentious and vitally important, even if that wasn't always reflected in the media's coverage of the race. For people living with HIV, the differences between the two candidates can be especially impactful. It is crucial that people living HIV make themselves aware of the candidates' positions when it comes to their health & well being so that they can make informed decisions when exercising their right to vote.

Posted By: Ronald Johnson, Vice President of Policy & Advocacy, AIDS United - Friday, November 04, 2016


What We Talk About When We Talk About Substance Use Disorders

For far too long, outdated and stigmatizing language has dominated the way that we as a society talk about substance use disorders and people who use drugs. While they may sound harmless enough, terms like "substance abuse" and referring to urinalysis results as "clean" or "dirty" can foster negative stereotypes and hamper the ability of professionals to effectively work with their clients while also lowering the self-esteem of the person who is using drugs. However, with the Office of National Drug Control Policy releasing a new document that emphasizes the need for person-first language, could that paradigm finally be shifting?

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Posted By: AIDS United, Policy Department - Friday, November 04, 2016

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