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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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MacArthur Amendment To AHCA Poses Even Greater Threat To LGBT People, People Living With HIV Than Original Bill, Says Fenway Institute

By | Fenway Health Newsroom, Health Care, Health Policy, HIV/AIDS, LGBT Health, The Fenway Institute | 2 Comments
Today, The Fenway Institute of Fenway Health released a policy brief analyzing how a new amendment to the American Health Care Act (AHCA), the Trump Administration’s proposed replacement for the Affordable Care Act (ACA), could impact LGBT people and people living with HIV (PLWH). “This amendment takes a bad bill and makes it worse. If enacted, it would make it much more difficult for people with pre-existing health conditions such as HIV to obtain health insurance that is affordable,” said Sean Cahill, PhD, Director of Health Policy Research for The Fenway Institute at Fenway Health. “It would also permit the 
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Advocacy Alert: House FY18 Budget Amendments

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Following the release of the Massachusetts House of Representatives Ways and Means 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 
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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 | One Comment
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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