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AFC and PAT Statement on Health and Human Services creation of the Conscience and Religious Freedom Division

January 19, 2018

By Alaina Kennedy The AIDS Foundation of Chicago (AFC) and Pride Action Tank (PAT) strongly condemns the announcement by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) the creation of the Conscience and Religious Freedom Division (CRFD) in the HHS Office for Civil Rights (OCR).  The Trump administration and HHS announced the CRFD will be tasked with “restoring...
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Federal Budget Resolution and Health Care Update

December 13, 2017

By Alaina Kennedy The Trump Administration issued a detailed budget proposal for 2018 and the next decade. This budget does not contain any binding language but does lay out the president’s priorities for federal programs. It is regarded as a powerful directive from the executive branch to Congress regarding national policy and priorities, but the “power of the purse”...
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Open Enrollment in 2018

November 1, 2017

By Alaina Kennedy The open enrollment period starts today, Nov. 1, 2017 and ends on Friday, Dec. 15, 2017. The health insurance marketplace is stable despite repeal efforts dominating the news and claims made by Donald Trump. What you need to know to get enrolled in 2018: The 2018 open enrollment period starts today, Nov. 1, 2017 and ends on Friday, Dec. 15,...
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Trump Sabotages the Affordable Care Act shattering health care coverage for low-income Americans

October 27, 2017

By Alaina Kennedy With Congress giving up on repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA), for now, the Trump administration stepped in and created backdoor attempts to sabotage the ACA and destabilize the insurance market for people who buy their policies on their own rather than through their employers. The Trump administration took two actions last week: Executive...
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