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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


FEB13

Love Beyond Our Horizons

I am a Peer Health Advisor for Translatina Network. For the past several years, Translatina Network has had the pleasure to partake in the Philadelphia Trans Health Conference. But for me, it was a new experience.

Posted By: Guest Blogger: Charlotte Shum, Translatina Network - Tuesday, February 13, 2018


FEB09

Better Late Than Never: Congress Approves Budget Deal After Brief Shutdown

After the briefest—and most unnecessary—government shutdown in U.S. history, Congress passed a 2-year budget deal Friday morning to lift spending caps for defense and urgent domestic priorities, provide much needed funding for disaster relief and community health centers, and keep the federal government open for another 6 weeks while appropriators in Congress continue work on a long-term spending bill.

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


FEB07

National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day: Recognizing Our Resilience

THis National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Dayoffers a national platform to not only re-focus the nation’s attention on the toll this disease has had on the African American community, but to also elevate the dialogue around the issues that are the drivers of HIV infection rates in our communities. But while so much of the discussion around race and HIV seems to conjure up negative perceptions about people in the communities most impacted, today I want to pose a more positive framing for the discussion. We must recognize and trust in the resilience and abilities of Black and brown people lead the way in identifying and applying strategies to end HIV in our communities.

Posted By: Valerie Rochester, Vice President for Program Strategy - Wednesday, February 07, 2018


FEB02

The Fight Is Not Over: Celebrating and Honoring National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day

HIV/AIDS remains a significant problem and continues to disproportionately impact the African diaspora. Black people living in US southern states – those infamous localities for the involuntary servitude of Africans, the lynching of Black bodies, and Jim Crow laws restricting Black opportunity and advancement – make up 44% of people living with HIV and 54% of those newly infected. When the President of the United States (allegedly) labels the ancestral homes of Black people as “shit-hole countries” and declares that all Haitians “have AIDS,” the directive of the 2018 National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day (NBHAAD) theme is clear: “Stay the Course, the Fight is Not Over!”

Posted By: Kevin Jones, Executive Director of The Urban Coalition for HIV/AIDS Prevention Services - Friday, February 02, 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

Another Month, Another Short-Term Spending Bill For Congress

Once again, Congress is less than a week away from allowing the federal government to run out of money. Again, all signs are pointing towards a scramble by Republican leadership in the House and Senate to round up the votes they need to keep the lights on at the Capitol with another continuing resolution (CR). If this feels like Groundhog’s Day to you, it might be because it is Groundhog’s day today, or because this could be the fifth time in five months that Congress has kicked the can down the road with a short-term spending bill instead of completing a budget funding bill for the Fiscal Year 2018.

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



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