Among 22 Million Who Would Lose Health Insurance Under Senate Plan, LGBT People And PLWH Would Be Disproportionately Affected

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The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) projects that the Better Care Reconciliation Act (BCRA), a U.S. Senate bill to repeal and replace the 2010 Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA), would result in 22 million Americans losing their health insurance by 2026 as compared with what would be expected under current law. More than 20 million Americans have gained health insurance under the ACA, and from 2013 to 2015—after key provisions of the ACA that expanded eligibility for Medicaid went into effect—rates of uninsurance among lesbian, gay and bisexual people were cut in half, from 22% to 11%. Rates of 
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Groundbreaking New Book Addresses Trauma And Healing For LGBT People

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Trauma can often have a deep impact on a person’s overall health and wellbeing. As an oppressed minority population, LGBT people disproportionately experience traumatic events such as childhood abuse, hate violence, sexual assault, and homelessness. It’s critical for healthcare providers to understand the root causes of trauma in the LGBT community, and how that trauma may manifest in self-destructive behaviors. LGBT patients especially need culturally competent care in order to avoid retraumatization. A newly released book aims to educate healthcare professionals about the effects of trauma on the health of LGBT patients and explain how to use clinical encounters to 
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To Address Rising Hate Crimes, “You Deserve” Campaign Elevates Awareness of Critical Services

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Across the nation, reports of bias-motivated threats and assaults are rising, and Massachusetts is no exception. A hotline set up by the Attorney General’s office for residents to call-in bias-motivated threats, harassment, or violence received nearly 2,000 calls in just the first two months of 2016. In response, Fenway Health’s Violence Recovery Program (VRP) has launched a public awareness campaign called “You Deserve.” The campaign is aimed at lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) victims of bias-motivated harassment and assault, as well as sexual and domestic violence, and is designed to raise awareness of VRP’s free recovery services. Earlier 
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Senate Healthcare Bill Proposes Deep Cuts To Medicaid That Will Be Devastating For LGBT People, PLHIV

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Yesterday, U.S. Senate Republicans revealed details of the Better Care Reconciliation Act (BCRA), their proposed healthcare bill to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Like the bill narrowly passed by the House in May, the Senate bill would make significant cuts to Medicaid, a public health insurance program for low-income children, pregnant women, parents of dependent children, seniors, and people with disabilities. The ACA gave states the option to expand Medicaid eligibility to low-income adults who do not have other qualifying factors such as a disability or primary care responsibility for a child. This provision greatly benefitted low-income 
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Question About Sexual Orientation Added Back Into National Survey Of Older Adults

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The Administration for Community Living (ACL) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced via the Federal Register that it will include questions about sexual orientation on the National Survey of Older Americans Act Participants (NSOAAP). The annual survey collects information from people who receive services under the Older Americans Act such as home delivered meals as well as programs offered in senior centers. In 2014, the NSOAAP began collecting data on the sexual orientation and gender identity of program recipients. This past March, ACL announced that it would no longer ask participants about their sexual orientation 
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