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FEB16

Congress and the Trump Administration Get To Work On Divergent Budgets

Last week, after months of starts and stops and halted negotiations, Congress came together and agreed upon a massive budget deal that would raise spending caps by almost $300 billion for the next 2 years. However, any celebrations from the Capitol were short lived as the creation of the budget deal was only 1 part of 2-part process to fund the federal government for the remainder of Fiscal Year 2018. Before that could happen, appropriators will have to decide just how much of that money they were going to allocate and where exactly it was going.

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


FEB16

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


FEB16

Opioid News Roundup for February

In this week's Opioid news round up we look at Safer Injection Facilities in San Francisco, an unknown nominee for Drug Czar at the Office of National Drug Control Policy and funding for the opioid crisis response in the latest budgets.

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


FEB09

Trump Administration Round-Up: Medicaid Work Requirements & Opioid Inaction

A brief overview of recent news coming from the Trump administration. This week, we focus on President Trump's passive response to the opioid crisis, new austerity measures at HUD and Medicaid work requirements.

Posted By: AIDS United, Policy Department - Friday, February 09, 2018


FEB02

Philadelphia Moves Towards Nation's First Supervised Injection Facility

Following Pennsylvania’s Statewide Disaster Emergency declaration, which called for addressing the State’s high rates of drug-related deaths, city officials in Philadelphia announced their support for supervised injection facilities, what they are calling “Comprehensive User Engagement Sites,” in a press conference last week. The announcement was an open call to potential investors and operators. If the call is met, then Philadelphia could be the site of the first sanctioned injection facility in U.S. history.

Posted By: AIDS United, Policy Department - Friday, February 02, 2018


FEB02

Trump’s First State of the Union Was Long On Time, But Short On Substance

On Tuesday, President Trump gave his first State of the Union address before Congress. It was the third longest SOTU in history (first and second place belongs to Bill Clinton), but short on policy detail. As we’ve come to expect of President Trump’s speeches, there were plenty of platitudes and in some cases, outright lies – like his claim that the federal hurricane response in Puerto Rico was effective and immediate – but not much by way of a specific agenda moving forward.

Posted By: AIDS United, Policy Department - Friday, February 02, 2018


JAN26

In the Wake of a Government Shutdown, Democrats Struggle to Salvage a Victory

Last Friday, House and Senate Democrats banded together and said in no uncertain terms that they would not vote for a short-term spending bill that did not address the plight of the more than 700,000 young undocumented immigrants who have come to be known as Dreamers. By Monday, that collective resolve to couple immigration reform with a continuing resolution to keep the federal government open had withered in the harsh light of public scrutiny and, with roughly 2/3 of Senate Democrats voting in the affirmative, the Senate passed legislation that would fund the federal government until February 8th.

Posted By: AIDS United, Policy Department - Friday, January 26, 2018


JAN26

President Trump's Declaration of Emergency on the Opioid Crisis is Renewed As Funding and Action Remain Absent

This week marks the expiration of President Trump’s original opioid emergency, and its quiet renewal by acting Secretary of Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). In October, the Public Health Emergency Declaration was announced with great fanfare by President Trump, who promised to "liberate" Americans from the "scourge of addiction." Given the lack of meaningful action since first being announced, many advocates question whether the extension through April will make a difference.

Posted By: AIDS United, Policy Department - Friday, January 26, 2018


JAN19

Administration Attacks on Drug Pricing Program Have Advocates Worried

A program that lowers drug costs for Ryan White clinics, community health centers, family planning clinics, and hospitals serving low-income patients is under attack by some Republicans in Congress and the Trump Administration. Efforts to reduce the scope of the program are being advanced on Capitol Hill by the pharmaceutical industry and its allies.

Posted By: Richard Sorian, Senior VP of Communications for 340B Health - Friday, January 19, 2018


JAN19

Medicaid Work Requirements: Coming Soon to a State Near You

Last Friday, the Trump Administration approved a plan for Kentucky to overhaul how Medicaid is distributed in the state by adding work requirements to eligibility standards. The change is the first of its kind, as Medicaid eligibility has been determined solely by income level or disability status since the program’s creation in 1965. Healthcare advocates worry that introducing work requirements will limit people’s access to coverage by adding yet another bureaucratic hoop to jump through – especially as it has been seen time and again that the majority of Medicaid recipients who can work already do.

Posted By: AIDS United, Policy Department - Friday, January 19, 2018



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