People with HIV, LGBT people, and Black and Latino people would disproportionately lose health insurance under the Affordable Health Care Act

By | Health Care, Health Policy, HIV/AIDS, HIV/AIDS, LGBT Health, The Fenway Institute | No Comments
On May 24, the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) projected that the amended American Health Care Act (AHCA), which narrowly passed the U.S. House on May 4, would result in 23 million Americans losing their health insurance by 2026 as compared with what would be expected under continued implementation of the 2010 Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA). “It is clear from the CBO analysis that the amended Republican health care plan is no better than the original bill,” said Sean Cahill, Director of Health Policy Research at The Fenway Institute. “Of the 23 million Americans projected to lose their 
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Trump’s Proposed Budget Would Sharply Cut HIV And Chronic Disease Prevention, Eliminate HIV Care Programs

By | Fenway Health Newsroom, HIV/AIDS, LGBT Health | No Comments
This week, President Trump released a proposed budget that, if enacted, would sharply reduce spending for healthcare and disease prevention. The proposed budget would cut Medicaid by $800 billion over 10 years. It would also cut the Children’s Health Insurance Plan (CHIP) by 20% over the next two years. One in three American children—46 million in total—receive health care either through Medicaid or CHIP. People living with HIV, Black and Latino people, and the children living in these families would be among those most affected by Trump’s $4 trillion budget, which sets government spending priorities for the fiscal year that 
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Take Action To Help Community Health Centers And Restore Essential HIV Funding

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The State Senate budget debate is occurring this week. The Massachusetts League of Community Health Centers, of which Fenway Health is an active member, worked with allies in the Senate to introduce four key amendments related to community health centers. Amendments #353 and #555 – Filed by Filed by Senator Chang-Diaz; Filed by Senators Brownsberger and Cyr Both of these amendments would add funding to the Community Health Center funding line. These are flexible dollars for health centers to use for community-responsive care that is otherwise not reimbursable. Amendment #406 – Filed by Senator L’Italien This amendment would create a 
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Queer Women’s Health Roundtable Shows Strength Of Community Networks

By | Community, Fenway Health Newsroom, LGBT Health, Women's Health | No Comments
On May 15, the Women’s Health Team at Fenway Health hosted its second Queer Women’s Health Roundtable, an evening for LGBTQ community leaders to discuss the health and wellness needs of Boston area cisgender women, transgender women, and gender-diverse individuals who were assigned female at birth. The Roundtable was launched in December 2016 to uplift and center the voices of community members speaking on behalf of the diverse populations that the Women’s Health Team serves. A wide range of local organizations are represented in the Roundtable by leaders who self-identity as cisgender women, transgender women, or non-binary individuals. Groups present 
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Study Explores Less Invasive Options For Transmasculine Sexual Health Screening

By | Education, Fenway Health Newsroom, Health Care, LGBT Health, Research, The Fenway Institute, Trans | No Comments
Female-to-male (FTM) transgender men and transmasculine individuals are people who are assigned female at birth but identify as male or as masculine. Many FTM transgender men and transmasculine individuals are born with reproductive organs typically labeled as female (e.g. cervix), and most FTM transgender men and transmasculine individuals do not choose to undergo a full hysterectomy (removal of the uterus, cervix, fallopian tubes, and ovaries).1 Because of this, many FTM and transmasculine people are at risk for cervical cancer, human papillomavirus (HPV), as well as other sexually transmitted infections (STIs) and may not realize it. It is recommended that anybody 
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