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AUG17

The Trump Administration Doubles Down on Medicaid Work Requirements as Lawsuits Mount

Despite multiple lawsuits, the Trump administration’s push for implementation of Medicaid work requirements continues to move forward. In Arkansas, a lawsuit was filed earlier this week against the Trump administration claiming that their approval of the state’s Medicaid work requirement is unconstitutional, as it violates and actively undermines the central tenets of Medicaid program—namely, to provide health care to those unable to procure it on their own.

Posted By: AIDS United, Policy Department - Friday, August 17, 2018


AUG17

August Midterms Bring Diversity for Democrats as GOP Candidates Seek Trump's Blessing

While there were many takeaways from Tuesday night’s primary elections in Minnesota, Wisconsin, Connecticut and Vermont, the common thread that ran through all of them was the palpable sense that the 2018 midterms would not be business-as-usual for Democratic and Republican candidates.

Posted By: AIDS United, Policy Department - Friday, August 17, 2018


AUG17

While the House is Away, the Senate Continues Work

Despite Representatives being out on their August recess and with only Senators on the Hill, this week has seen impressive progress on fiscal year 2019 (FY19) appropriations, judicial nominations, defense spending, and the contentious and partisan Farm Bill. While all legislation currently being considered has political significance connected to the midterm elections coming up in November, Senate appropriators are moving particularly quickly to fund the government before a potential Oct. 1 shutdown.

Posted By: AIDS United, Policy Department - Friday, August 17, 2018


AUG03

Are We Doing Enough to Prevent Another Scott County? Probably Not

4 years ago, few people outside of the roughly 24,000 folks who lived there had ever heard of Scott County, Indiana. Unfortunately, today, thanks to an injection drug use-fueled HIV outbreak there which resulted in 200 people contracting the virus, Scott County is now shorthand for the type of syndemic opioid-related disaster that HIV advocates and public health experts are worried will happen again. Fortunately, an outbreak as explosive as the one in Scott County has yet to occur, but that fact is some of the only solace that can be taken from the trends in injection drug use and new HIV diagnoses in the United States that have taken place in the intervening years.

Posted By: AIDS United, Policy Department - Friday, August 03, 2018


AUG03

The Consequences of Our Elections: Why The Midterms Matter to People Living With HIV

Elections have consequences and there is plenty that you can do between now and the 2018 midterm elections to ensure that the voices of people living with and affected by HIV are heard and that the HIV community plays a major role in determining what those consequences are.

Posted By: AIDS United, Policy Department - Friday, August 03, 2018


AUG03

Washington Gears Up for an Unusually Active August

This August in Washington D.C. is gearing up to be much busier than in previous years as some legislators stay in town through their usual summer recess and the Administration continues advancing their policy agendas through regulatory actions. As we approach the September 30 deadline to fund the federal government and avoid a shutdown, the House adjourns for recess as the Senate hunkers down for what GOP Senate leaders hope to be a productive month.

Posted By: AIDS United, Policy Department - Friday, August 03, 2018


JUL27

As the House Heads Out for Recess, Plenty of Work Remains on Appropriations

Appropriations discussions are wrapping up as both chambers adjourn for August recess, albeit a shortened one for the Senate. While the fiscal year 2019 appropriations process has been more timely than in recent memory, GOP leaders are still strategizing to avoid a full government shutdown ahead of midterm elections by putting off more controversial spending bills.

Posted By: AIDS United, Policy Department - Friday, July 27, 2018


JUL27

New Study Shows Promising Support for Syringe Access and Disappointing Opposition to Medication Assisted Treatment

There are many barriers to effectively addressing the opioid epidemic in the United States, but few are as pernicious and intractable as stigma.According to a recent poll conducted by Politico and Harvard’s T.H. Chan School of Public Health, 37% of Americans still erroneously believe that opioid use disorders are the result of a personal weakness or failing on the part of the individual. However, the general public was pretty evenly split on the issue of syringe access programs.

Posted By: AIDS United, Policy Department - Friday, July 27, 2018


JUL27

Why ‘Housing First’ Matters to People Living with HIV

In this guest blog, the North Carolina Harm Reduction Coalition's Tessie Castillo takes a look at how housing can have a profound impact on people living with HIV and, in many cases, be the primary driver on their road to wellness, viral suppression and fulfilling life.

Posted By: Tessie Castillo, Advocacy and Communication Coordinator, North Carolina Harm Reduction Coalition - Friday, July 27, 2018


JUL20

As Feared, Medicaid Work Requirements Are Jeopardizing Access to Health Care

Ever since the Trump administration first began seriously pushing the idea of having states apply for waivers to adopt work requirements for their Medicaid programs, HIV advocates have roundly condemned them, saying that such policies would only serve to sever tens of thousands of Americans from the health care they so desperately need. Unfortunately, the assumptions underlying those condemnations have been proven correct in the earliest days of Medicaid work requirement roll outs.

Posted By: AIDS United, Policy Department - Friday, July 20, 2018



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