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MAR26

Using Telemedicine in Rural Alabama

In 2011, with the support of the AIDS United Access to Care Initiative, Medical AIDS Outreach (MAO) established the Alabama eHealth program to deliver high-quality care in underserved communities in rural portions of the state through telemedicine. Specifically targeting areas that serve as epicenters of HIV/AIDS incidence, MAO has leveraged telemedicine technology against rurality and poverty-driven barriers to accessing HIV care, ultimately empowering Alabama’s rural residents to access the quality care that they deserve in the communities where they live. I spoke with Dr. Laurie Dill, MAO’s medical director and chief medical officer, to learn more about MAO’s experience with telemedicine.

Posted By: Sarah Hashmall, Communications Manager - Sunday, March 26, 2017


MAR24

Health Care Bill that Worsens HIV Care to be Voted on Today

After being postponed on Thursday afternoon, a vote on the American Health Care Act is expected to be completed by the end of the day. At stake is the fate of a deeply unpopular bill that has taken heat from all sides of the political spectrum. Democrats and some moderate Republicans oppose the bill for taking away health care from an estimated 24 million people over 10 years and removing federal requirements on Essential Health Benefits, while the Freedom Caucus doesn't think the bill goes far enough. Can the American Health Care Act pass its first legislative test? We'll soon find out.

Posted By: AIDS United, Policy Department - Friday, March 24, 2017


MAR17

Amazingly, The American Health Care Act Is Getting Worse With Age

When the 115th Congress kicked off back in January, the question wasn't if the GOP could repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, but how quickly they could do so. Fast forward two and a half months and, despite having the support of a Republican President and Republican Leadership in a Republican-led Congress, the GOP looks farther away from passing health care reform legislation than they have at any point since the November elections. What does this mean for HIV advocates? It means we need to keep pushing.

Posted By: AIDS United, Policy Department - Friday, March 17, 2017


MAR17

'America First' Budget Puts Non-Defense Spending Last

As was expected, Trump's first formal budget proposal was heavy on military spending and light on pretty much everything else. Among the hardest hit was Department of Health and Human Services, which stands to lose approximately 20 percent of its annual budget under Trump's plan. While Trump's budget did mention the Ryan White program as a priority, it provided no specifics with regards to its funding.

Posted By: AIDS United, Policy Department - Friday, March 17, 2017


MAR15

Lessons in HIV Advocacy: A Conversation with Rod Brown

Rod Brown has been engaged in HIV since the start of the epidemic, when he lost his best friend to AIDS. Shortly thereafter, he began attending AIDSWatch, the nation’s largest HIV/AIDS advocacy event. Currently, Rod works with the Florida Department of Health, overseeing HIV testing efforts. We caught up with Rod to learn more about his work, motivations, and why HIV advocacy is still so important.

Posted By: Sarah Hashmall, Communications Manager - Wednesday, March 15, 2017


MAR10

Republicans Introduce Health Care Bill in the House

While The American Health Care Act (AHCA) maintains some of the popular provisions of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), it makes drastic changes that essentially would gut the ACA, including Medicaid expansion, and restructure Medicaid overall from an entitlement program to one based on per capita allocations. If it were enacted, the AHCA would have a devastating affect on affordable health care coverage for low and moderate income people, senior citizens, and people with chronic health conditions. Health care coverage for people living with or at risk for HIV would also be seriously affected.

Posted By: AIDS United, Policy Department - Friday, March 10, 2017


MAR10

SCOTUS Delays Justice for Trans Students

On Monday, the Supreme Court delivered a setback to trans advocates when they sent the Gloucester County School Board v. G.G. case back to the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals. Gavin Grimm, a trans teenager from Virginia, is suing his school district for access to the restroom that aligns with his gender identity. Commenting on his case, Grimm said,"this fight is bigger than me...This fight is for other trans youth in my high school. It is for other trans youth in Virginia. It is for all trans youth who are in school or one day will be."

Posted By: AIDS United, Policy Department - Friday, March 10, 2017


MAR10

Stuck in the Middle with Trump: The White House Tries to Rally Support for House Health Care Reform

With the release of the House's ACA replacement plan meeting with less than unanimous approval among the GOP faithful, President Trump finds himself in the unfamiliar position of mediator. In the past week, Trump and members of his administration have done their best to assuage the fears of moderate Republicans in the Senate and temper the anti-regulatory zeal of the Freedom Caucus and, by all accounts, it doesn't appear they've been too successful. Does Trump have a Plan B if the American Health Care Act doesn't pass? And, if he does, what will that mean for people living with HIV?

Posted By: AIDS United, Policy Department - Friday, March 10, 2017


MAR08

Positive Organizing Shero: Teresa Sullivan

Teresa Sullivan is an HIV educator and advocate. She has worked with Philadelphia FIGHT for the past 10 years and is a board member of the Positive Women’s Network-USA (PWN-USA) and an active member of the PWN-USA Philadelphia chapter. Her work is grounded in activism, and she strives to make sure that people living with HIV can live free from stigma and discrimination. We were privileged to speak with Teresa in recognition of her work and Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day. This interview is a part of the series Positive Organizing Sheroes - Highlighting Women Making a Difference.

Posted By: Sarah Hashmall, Communications Manager - Wednesday, March 08, 2017


MAR07

Positive Organizing Shero: Satrise Tillman

Satrise Tillman is a community leader and mentor in Detroit, MI. She has been living with HIV since September 2011 and recognized the need for more Trans women living with HIV to be in leadership roles in her community. Recently, she has been working closely with Bré Anne Campbell to open Sista Space, a safe space led by and for Trans women supported by the Positive Organizing Project, in collaboration with UNIFIED-HIV Health and Beyond. In recognition of Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day, we had the opportunity to connect with Satrise to learn more about herself and her work in the HIV field. This interview is a part of the Positive Organizing Sheroes - Highlighting Women Making a Difference.

Posted By: Sarah Hashmall, Communications Manager - Tuesday, March 07, 2017



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