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

By | Fenway Health Newsroom, Health Care, HIV/AIDS, LGBT Health | No Comments
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

By | Behavioral Health, Education, Fenway Health Newsroom, Health Care, LGBT Health, The Fenway Institute | No Comments
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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Senate Healthcare Bill Proposes Deep Cuts To Medicaid That Will Be Devastating For LGBT People, PLHIV

By | Fenway Health Newsroom, Health Care, HIV/AIDS, LGBT Health | No Comments
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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Take Action To Defend Health Care For Vulnerable Populations!

By | Fenway Health Newsroom, Health Care, Health Policy, HIV/AIDS, LGBT Health, News, The Fenway Institute, Women's Health | No Comments
The United States Senate is currently working on its proposal to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA), which ensured coverage of essential health benefits, protected patients with preexisting conditions, and expanded Medicaid eligibility. This resulted in increased access to health care for everyone, but it especially benefited vulnerable populations that were less likely to have health insurance, including LGBT people, people with HIV, and Black and Latino people. Passage of the American Health Care Act (AHCA) would jeopardize the gains made under the ACA by: Cutting healthcare for 23 million Americans, according to the Congressional Budget Office (CBO). 
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Ending Conversion Therapy

By | AIDS Action Committee, AIDS Advocacy, Fenway Health Newsroom, Health Care, LGBT Health, Youth | No Comments
This legislative session, AIDS Action Committee has joined the coalition of advocates working to pass a bill banning Massachusetts licensed professionals from providing conversion therapy to change gender identity and/or sexual orientation in minors. In early June, the Joint Committee on Children, Families and Persons with Disabilities held a hearing on the bill and AIDS Action Committee submitted the following testimony: Re: An Act relative to abusive practices to change sexual orientation and gender identity in minors (S. 62/H. 1190) Dear Chair Flanagan, Chair Khan, and members of the Joint Committee on Children, Families and Persons with Disabilities: AIDS Action 
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