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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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Take Action To Help Community Health Centers And Restore Essential HIV Funding

By | Fenway Health Newsroom, Health Care | No Comments
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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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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Fenway Health Urges Senate To Preserve Health Equity Measures And Coverage Expansions Of ACA

By | Fenway Health Newsroom, Health Care, HIV/AIDS, LGBT Health | No Comments
Last week, the US House of Representatives approved the American Health Care Act (AHCA), a bill designed to replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA). If this bill becomes law, millions of Americans are at risk of losing their health insurance, and tens of millions more risk ineligibility for future health insurance coverage because of treatment for preexisting health conditions such as diabetes, depression, and cancer. Every American would be impacted by this bill, which would permit private employers to offer health insurance plans with lifetime caps on the cost of coverage, which severely impact individuals receiving treatment for diseases such 
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Religious ‘Liberty’ And The License To Discriminate

By | Fenway Health Newsroom, Health Care, LGBT Health | No Comments
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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