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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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People with HIV, LGBT people, and Black and Latino people would disproportionately lose health insurance under the American 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

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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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