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Advocacy Alert: House FY18 Budget Amendments

By | Community, Fenway News, Health Care, Health Policy, News | No Comments
Following the release of the Massachusetts House of Representatives Ways and 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 Representative 
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The American Health Care Act Would Harm LGBT People, People Living With HIV, And Black And Latino Americans, According To Fenway Institute Analysis

By | Fenway Health Newsroom, Health Care, Health Policy, HIV/AIDS, LGBT Health, The Fenway Institute | No Comments
The Fenway Institute of Fenway Health released a policy brief outlining how the American Health Care Act (AHCA), the Trump Administration’s proposed replacement for the Affordable Care Act (ACA), could impact LGBT people, people living with HIV (PLWH), and Black and Latino Americans. “This bill holds potentially devastating consequences for low-income LGBT people, people living with HIV, and Black and Latino people” said Sean Cahill, PhD, Director of Policy Research for The Fenway Institute at Fenway Health. “The rates of uninsurance among LGBT people and people living with HIV have dropped dramatically since 2013, when the Affordable Care Act’s Medicaid 
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Policy Changes May Expand Behavioral Health Care Access For People Living With HIV/AIDS

By | Behavioral Health, Fenway Health Newsroom, Health Policy, HIV/AIDS, HIV/AIDS, The Fenway Institute | No Comments
Comprehensive behavioral health care is a key component of overall wellness. For people living with HIV (PLWH), access to these services is especially critical. The stress caused by pervasive stigma and discrimination around HIV/AIDS has been shown to contribute to a number of behavioral health problems, including depression, anxiety, psychological trauma, and substance abuse. The duel challenges of HIV and psychiatric diagnoses means that this population has unique behavioral health needs that must be integrated into culturally-competent care plans. A new brief from The National Center for Innovation in HIV Care at The Fenway Institute outlines recent changes in federal 
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LGBT People And Those Living With HIV Have Benefitted From ACA, Have Much At Stake In Reform Debate

By | Fenway Health Newsroom, Health Policy, HIV/AIDS, LGBT Health, The Fenway Institute | No Comments
Today, The Fenway Institute of Fenway Health released a policy brief outlining the essential elements of a revised national health insurance strategy to ensure that LGBT people and people living with HIV have broad access to health insurance and culturally competent care. LGBT people and people living with HIV have disproportionately benefitted from the Affordable Care Act’s expansion of health insurance coverage. “As Congress and the Trump Administration debate what will be included in a new, national health care insurance plan, it will be important to include provisions that ensure broad access to health care insurance for LGBT people and 
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Trump Administration Rolls Back Guidance Protecting Transgender Students, Threatening Their Health and Well-Being

By | Health Policy, The Fenway Institute, Trans, Youth | No Comments
On February 22, 2017 the U.S. Department of Education and Department of Justice jointly issued a letter to withdraw previous guidance issued by the Obama Administration requiring schools to treat transgender students in accordance with their gender identity. The guidance issued in May 2016 by the Obama Administration came in response to a growing number of states across the country proposing and passing anti-transgender legislation, much of which specifically targeted transgender youth by prohibiting them from using school restrooms and locker rooms in accordance with their gender identity. Under President Obama, the Department of Justice and the Department of Education 
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