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Religious ‘Liberty’ And The License To Discriminate

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Today, President Donald J. Trump issued an executive order titled “Promoting Free Speech and Religious Liberty.” It is designed to permit political speech by religious institutions that might previously have risked their tax-exempt status. The order did not include broader “religious liberty” provisions that would have given businesses, non-profit organizations, and other entities a license to discriminate against people who are LGBT, have had abortions, or unmarried people who engage in sex. In February, The Nation published a draft copy of an executive order that would have done just that, and in the days leading up to the release of 
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Trump Administration Signals Plans To Reverse Section 1557 Regulations Prohibiting Discrimination On The Basis Of Gender Identity In Health Care

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On Tuesday, May 2, 2017, the Trump Administration signaled that it plans to reverse the Affordable Care Act Section 1557 regulation banning discrimination in health care on the basis of gender identity. After the Section 1557 rule was implemented under President Obama, a group of five states and religiously affiliated health care organizations filed suit against the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), specifically challenging the provisions of the Section 1557 rule that interpreted sex discrimination to include discrimination based on gender identity and termination of pregnancy. As a result, a federal judge granted a temporary nationwide injunction which 
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New Provider Spotlight: Maria Licher, Nutritionist

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Maria Licher, RD Joined Fenway in December, 2016 Education: Bachelor’s in Human Nutrition, Food and Exercise; Dietetics from Virginia Polytechnic Institute; Registered Dietician. What brought you to Fenway Health? I had been wanting to move into outpatient for quite some time and a colleague told me about the position.  After learning about the mission of Fenway Health I became really excited about what we do here and our support of the LGBTQ community and those affected by HIV/AIDS. Once I interviewed and realized how much everyone here cares about the patients and each other it became clear that this was 
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Advocacy Alert: House FY18 Budget Amendments

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Following the release of the Massachusetts House of Representatives Ways and Means Committee’s annual budget last week, totaling just over $40.3 billion, deliberations are scheduled to begin Monday, April 24. The Massachusetts League of Community Health Centers has filed three amendments on behalf of community health centers: • Amendment #818: Community Health Centers, filed by Representative Livingstone, would increase Community Health Center rates by October 1, 2017 by eight (8) percent in FY18 and by no less than four (4) percent annually thereafter. • Amendment #969: Community Health Center Primary Care Workforce Development and Loan Forgiveness Grant Program, filed by 
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Celebrating The Herstory Of The Women’s Movement

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In commemoration of Women’s History Month, Fenway Health’s Women’s Health Team, the Lesbians of Color Symposium Collective, Flashback Sunday: Elders of Color, Older Lesbians Organizing for Change, and Rally presented a screening of “A Moment in Her Story: Stories from the Boston Women’s Movement.” Directed by Catherine Russo, the film provides an exploration of major challenges faced by the Second Wave Women’s Movement Boston activists of the late 60s and early 70s. Through 22 interviews with leaders of the movement, the movie documented activists advocating for issues surrounding domestic violence, reproductive health, local politics, and more. Much like today, feminist 
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