LGBT Health

Senate Healthcare Bill Proposes Deep Cuts To Medicaid That Will Be Devastating For LGBT People, PLHIV

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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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Question About Sexual Orientation Added Back Into National Survey Of Older Adults

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The Administration for Community Living (ACL) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced via the Federal Register that it will include questions about sexual orientation on the National Survey of Older Americans Act Participants (NSOAAP). The annual survey collects information from people who receive services under the Older Americans Act such as home delivered meals as well as programs offered in senior centers. In 2014, the NSOAAP began collecting data on the sexual orientation and gender identity of program recipients. This past March, ACL announced that it would no longer ask participants about their sexual orientation 
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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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Report Examines Trends In LGBTQ, HIV-Affected Hate Violence

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LGBTQ people and those living with HIV have long been disproportionately targeted for discrimination, hatred, and violence. While much progress has been made in recent years towards equality and hate crime legislation, these marginalized communities are still victimized at disturbing rates. To combat this violence, we must first ensure that it is properly documented. A new report by the National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs (NCAVP) outlines the types and patterns of hate violence experienced by LGBTQ and HIV-affected Americans in 2016. The report was co-authored by researchers from anti-violence organizations across the country, including Cara Presley, Violence Recovery Program Manager 
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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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