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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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Trump’s Proposed Budget Would Sharply Cut HIV And Chronic Disease Prevention, Eliminate HIV Care Programs

By | Fenway Health Newsroom, HIV/AIDS, LGBT Health | No Comments
This week, President Trump released a proposed budget that, if enacted, would sharply reduce spending for healthcare and disease prevention. The proposed budget would cut Medicaid by $800 billion over 10 years. It would also cut the Children’s Health Insurance Plan (CHIP) by 20% over the next two years. One in three American children—46 million in total—receive health care either through Medicaid or CHIP. People living with HIV, Black and Latino people, and the children living in these families would be among those most affected by Trump’s $4 trillion budget, which sets government spending priorities for the fiscal year that 
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Volunteers Needed For New PrEP Study That Could Revolutionize HIV Prevention

By | Fenway Health Newsroom, HIV/AIDS, HIV/AIDS, Research, The Fenway Institute | No Comments
Increased public awareness and use of pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) has been tremendously powerful in the global battle against HIV/AIDS. Studies have shown that, when taken as a daily pill, PrEP is 92-99% effective at preventing HIV infections in HIV-negative individuals. However, as with any daily medication, strict adherence is the key to success – and, for many people, this may become a barrier to PrEP’s effectiveness. The Fenway Institute is serving as a site for a new study, HPTN 083, that explores whether injectable, long-acting PrEP, is a viable alternative to oral PrEP. Injectable PrEP has the potential to truly 
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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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Why I Walk: Kathy Gonzalez

By | AIDS Action Committee, AIDS Walk & 5K Run Boston, Fenway Health Newsroom, HIV/AIDS | No Comments
Like many people who will be hitting the pavement on June 4 for the AIDS Walk and Run Boston, Kathy Gonzalez will be there for her loved ones. Her brother Albert was diagnosed with AIDS in 1988, and her sister Judith is living with HIV today. Since Albert passed away in 1994 at just 31, the epidemic has felt very personal for her family. “Losing our brother was very hard for us,” she said. “And just a few years after we lost my brother, my older sister was also diagnosed with HIV. Luckily, with advancements in medicine, and thanks for 
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