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NOV17

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


NOV09

LGBT Candidates & Medicaid Expansion Shine Through on Election Night

What a Difference a Year Makes. 364 days after the sobering results of the 2016 elections, health care and HIV advocates finally had some election returns worth cheering about on Tuesday night, as a slew of progressive candidates tore through their conservative opponents in 2017’s off-year elections. On the eve of the one year anniversary of what can arguably be described as the low point of modern American liberalism with the election of Donald Trump as the 45th President of the United States, an energized electorate did its part to send a stern message to Republicans across the nation: the bigoted and harmful policies of the current administration and Congressional leadership have not gone unnoticed and “the resistance” to a politics that denigrates and marginalizes women, people of color, the poor and the sick is not going away any time soon.

Posted By: AIDS United, Policy Department - Thursday, November 09, 2017


NOV09

With Tax Cuts Front & Center, Congress Looks To Kick The Budgetary Can Down The Road Again

Amidst all the intrigue and politicking around Republican plans to institute the first major overhaul of the U.S. tax code in more than 3 decades, Congress seems to have relegated the funding of the federal government for the 2018 Fiscal Year to little more than an afterthought. With a government shutdown looming in a month, all signs in Congress are pointing towards yet another continuing resolution being issued by Congress that would postpone the passage of FY18 appropriations packages into January or February of 2018.

Posted By: AIDS United, Policy Department - Thursday, November 09, 2017


NOV06

AIDS United at the National Transgender Health Summit

From November 10 – 12, the National Transgender Health Summit will take place in Oakland, CA. The conference will bring together trans leaders, clinical providers, researchers, and policy advocates from across the United States at a time when elevating transgender voices and expertise is most critical.

Posted By: AIDS United - Monday, November 06, 2017


NOV03

Open Enrollment Begins Despite Trump’s Efforts to Weaken the Affordable Care Act

Despite continued action taken by the Trump Administration to undermine the Affordable Care Act (ACA), open enrollment for 2018 coverage began on Wednesday on healthcare.gov. This year’s sign-up period is about half what it has been in past years; it will only be open until December 15 in most states. Further, the advertising budget for ACA open enrollment was cut by 90 percent by the Administration, which will likely decrease knowledge of enrollment significantly.

Posted By: AIDS United, Policy Department - Friday, November 03, 2017


NOV03

With a Government Shutdown Looming, Congressional Republicans Focus on Tax Cuts

There is plenty of nuance and complexity to the current goings-on in Congress, with countless reams of paper and barrels of ink being devoted to its explication on a daily basis. However, for those who live outside the beltway or don’t hang on every word uttered by Congressional leadership, the best description of what’s happening on Capitol Hill is also the simplest: it’s a mess. And, as of right now, it looks as if that mess is going to get worse before it gets better. While it’s not exactly breaking news that Congress isn’t operating as a model of legislative efficiency, the degree to which Congress is balking at fulfiling even its most rudimentary duties is itself remarkable. As has become customary in receny years, Congress is once again behind in the annual appropriations process and it appears as if a new spending deal may have to wait until 2018.

Posted By: AIDS United, Policy Department - Friday, November 03, 2017


NOV01

Don’t Leave People in Prisons or Jail Behind

Katie Kramer, MPH, MSW, is the Co-Founder and CEO of Corrections, Communities & Families of The Bridging Group in Oakland, CA. Katie also a lead trainer and capacity building provider for Project Start+ (PS+), a behavioral re-entry intervention for people living with HIV returning to the community after incarceration. We caught up with Katie to learn more about her work and the PS+ intervention.

Posted By: Sarah Hashmall, Communications Manager - Wednesday, November 01, 2017


OCT27

Against All Odds, Senators Push Bipartisan Legislation to Sustain the Affordable Care Act

It would appear that the rumors of the ACA’s death have been greatly exaggerated. Despite the calculated sabotage of the ACA by the Trump administration and Congressional Republican leadership, a 4th season of open enrollment for health insurance marketplaces is only days away and a bipartisan compromise to keep cost sharing reduction (CSR) payments meant to subsize co-payments, deductibles and other expenses for people with low incomes flowing for another 2 years has considerable support in the Senate.

Posted By: AIDS United, Policy Department - Friday, October 27, 2017


OCT27

Congress Adopts a Budget That Can Undermine Health Care and HIV Programs

The House of Representatives on Thursday voted, by a narrow margin, to adopt the Senate’s FY 2018 budget resolution. Passing this resolution was a crucial step in moving congressional Republicans along in trying to achieve their, and the president’s, prime goal of a major overhaul of the tax code. If the anticipated tax cut bill is enacted, it will also lead to massive spending cuts starting next year, FY 2019, that will devastate health care programs and Medicaid and derail efforts to end the HIV epidemic.

Posted By: AIDS United, Policy Department - Friday, October 27, 2017


OCT27

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



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