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SEP22

Why National Gay Men’s HIV/AIDS Awareness Day Is As Important As Ever

From our friends at GMHC: "At Gay Men’s Health Crisis (GMHC) we know that National Gay Men’s HIV/AIDS Awareness Day is just as important in 2017 as it would have been in 1982, when our organization was incorporated to serve gay men living with or affected by HIV/AIDS in New York City. MSM are still disproportionately infected and affected by HIV—especially young MSM ages 13 to 24, who make up 92% of new HIV infections among all men in their age group."

Posted By: Richard George III, GMHC Policy Intern - Friday, September 22, 2017


SEP22

As the Fight Over the ACA Rages on, Senate Republicans Plan for Tax Cuts

While the House was in recess this week, Congress’s fall schedule has kicked into high gear. This includes work by Senate Republicans to continue efforts to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, move forward on an FY 2018 budget resolution that includes reconciliation instructions that would call for major tax cuts, reach agreement on a spending package for the full 2018 fiscal year, and pursue bi-partisan/bi-cameral efforts to address the protections against deportation for immigrants brought to this country as children by their families.

Posted By: AIDS United, Policy Department - Friday, September 22, 2017


SEP22

How to Practice Organizational Integrity, Part 2: Provide Support When People are Hurt

Many HIV-focused organizations are struggling with diversity in leadership, where the leadership is primarily white, or male, or straight, or otherwise homogeneous. It’s time to change the culture of our organizations, and embrace a culture that fully supports those most affected by the epidemic to thrive and do brilliant work. In this three-part Organizational Integrity blog series, Kaytee Ray-Riek explore steps organizations can take to become more inclusive, and ultimately more effective.

Posted By: Guest Blogger: Kaytee Ray-Riek, Organizational Culture Expert - Friday, September 22, 2017


SEP22

Reconciliation Rush: Senate Republicans push dangerous ACA repeal before September deadline

Contrary to the wishes of a vast array of medical associations, state governors from both parties, state Medicaid directors, health insurance companies, hospitals and the bulk of the general public, the Republican Party is making one last push to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act. Their final attempt, a bill created by Senators Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and Bill Cassidy (R-LA) is widely viewed as the most draconian and harmful so far. Yet, with reconciliation instructions running out in a week's time & the GOP desperate to make good on their 7-year long pledge to repeal Obamacare, its chances of passage look very real.

Posted By: AIDS United, Policy Department - Friday, September 22, 2017


SEP22

The Trump Administration’s Plan B on Health Care: Make the ACA Fail

At this point in his presidency, it is safe to say that President Trump cares far more about repealing the ACA than he does providing a viable replacement that would insure Americans in similar or greater numbers. This compulsion to undo arguably the most important achievement of President Obama’s 8 years in The White House should come as a shock to no one, particularly if you’ve been paying attention to Trump’s oft-threatened Plan B regarding health care: to let Obamacare fail and pass the blame on to the Democrats. Over the past few weeks, Trump has doubled down on his Plan B by slashing funding for ACA advertising and navigators.

Posted By: AIDS United, Policy Department - Friday, September 22, 2017


SEP15

Now More Than Ever: Helping the HIV Community Recover from Hurricanes Harvey & Irma

Right now, there is a tremendous need among the HIV communities across the South that were devastated by Hurricanes Harvey and Irma, and we at AIDS United are determined to see that that need is met. In this spirit AIDS United teamed up with the NMAC to coordinate the distribution of a $1 million fund provided by Gilead Sciences to ensure that people living with and affected by HIV in areas impacted by these storms receive the care and support that they need.

Posted By: AIDS United, Policy Department - Friday, September 15, 2017


SEP15

Struggle, Self-Love & Survival: Growing Old With HIV

On National HIV/AIDS and Aging Awareness Day, HIV advocate and long term AIDS survivor Eric Jannke reflects on growing older with HIV. After living through the early days of the epidemic when dying young was the norm and the aging with HIV wasn't an option, Jannke speaks out about the new challenges facing us regarding HIV in 2017 and the need for more research and frank discussion about the needs of an aging community of people living with HIV.

Posted By: Eric Jannke, Let’s Kick ASS Palm Springs - Friday, September 15, 2017


SEP15

The Omnibus Traveling Nowhere: House Passes Omnibus Budget Bill Expected to Fail in Senate

Thursday afternoon, the House passed an omnibus budget bill that is expected to be immediately rejected upon presentation in the Senate. Although this omnibus bill contains a number of detrimental cuts to HIV/AIDS programs and research, it is unlikely that the bill will be signed into law as it will not receive enough votes in the Senate, keeping the fate of these programs still uncertain but safe for the moment.

Posted By: AIDS United, Policy Department - Friday, September 15, 2017


SEP15

The Senate Holds Health Care Hearings, Repeal and Replace Returns, and the Administration Makes ACA Cuts

Health care came roaring back to center stage this week, as two competing groups of Senators introduced bills with widely differing visions of the future. On the Republican side, Senators Bill Cassidy (R-LA) Lindsey Graham (R-SC), Dean Heller (R-NV) and Ron Johnson (R-WI) introduced a measure that has been billed as a “last ditch” effort to repeal and replace Obamacare. On the other side of the aisle, Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) and a host of prominent Democrats introduced a Medicare-For-All bill that looks to put the US on the path to universal healthcare.

Posted By: AIDS United, Policy Department - Friday, September 15, 2017


SEP08

How to Practice Organizational Integrity, Part 1: Be Explicit About Culture.

Many HIV-focused organizations are struggling with diversity in leadership, where the leadership is primarily white, or male, or straight, or otherwise homogeneous. It’s time to change the culture of our organizations, and embrace a culture that fully supports those most affected by the epidemic to thrive and do brilliant work. In this three-part Organizational Integrity blog series, Kaytee Ray-Riek explore steps organizations can take to become more inclusive, and ultimately more effective.

Posted By: Guest Blogger: Kaytee Ray-Riek, Organizational Culture Expert - Friday, September 08, 2017



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