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Decriminalizing prostitution: the voices for and against

May 22, 2018

By Marley Molkentin Editor’s note: We prioritize communities disproportionately impacted by HIV, including sex workers, who are 10 times more likely to contract HIV than average adults . Recent legislation called FOSTA/SESTA will make it more difficult for sex workers to thrive economically. Read on to learn more. Is the current American “war on sex trafficking”...
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This new insurance loophole could affect people on HIV meds, including PrEP

May 2, 2018

Do you use a copay card to help pay for name-brand HIV drugs for treatment or PrEP? If you do, watch out: your insurance company might have a new policy that doesn’t let your copay card (a.k.a. your copay assistance card) help you afford your medications. We’re talking about “copay accumulators” — policies some insurance companies are using that could make your...
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Six reasons work requirements are a bad idea for Medicaid

March 2, 2018

By Andrea Callow, Associate Director of Medicaid Initiatives at Families USA HHS has issued its first two approvals for state Medicaid waivers that make a person's health coverage contingent on their work status. Kentucky and Indiana are the first states to get approval for waivers that tie coverage to work. Other states that are seeking approval for similar waivers include New Hampshire,...
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The Bigots Are Right: The HIV Epidemic Among Black, Gay Men is from Immorality

February 8, 2018

By Marq This post originally appeared on January 24, 2017 on  Angry Black Hoemo . Marq is an activist based in Chicago who proudly and un-apologetically expresses their truth. …but not in the way they’d like to think. So, at the time of this being published, we’re 2 weeks from National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day . I think this is as good of a time...
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Making the most of your Marketplace health insurance

January 26, 2018

By Ashley Slupski First of all, congratulations! You did it! You took the first of many steps to living your healthiest life by getting health care coverage (and avoiding a hefty tax penalty). If you missed the Open Enrollment deadline, you may still be qualified for a Special Enrollment period because of a life change or a loss of insurance coverage. This year, a special enrollment...
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The Conscience and Religious Freedom Division is about protecting providers who discriminate

January 19, 2018

AFC and Pride Action Tankstrongly condemn the announcement by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to create 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 federal enforcement of our nation’s laws that protect the fundamental and...
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Hey, America: your high rents are hurting people’s health

January 17, 2018

By Brian Solem Housing and health are inseparably linked. You’re more likely to be in consistently good health if your housing costs (rent or mortgage plus utilities, groceries and other household needs) take up a limited slice ( 30% by most estimates ) of your overall budget. If you are barely making ends meet, your health might show it, and you become more susceptible to unstable...
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My voice represents millions more

January 11, 2018

By Will Wilson Longtime HIV advocate and Chicago resident Will Wilson was invited to share his first-person account of using Medicaid and Affordable Care Act services to the people in charge of nationwide Medicare and Medicaid services.  It was cold, dark, and I was up way earlier than normal. Still, I was excited. I was heading to Washington D.C. to share my story with Calder...
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2017 Policy and Legislative Victories

January 3, 2018

By Raven Feagins As advocates, we work hard to ensure the rights of our communities are protected. Despite the whirlwind that was 2017 (a.k.a. the year that made me question my faith in humanity), together we did have some wins.  Below are six major victories we've achieved this year. 1. The ACA is still the law! One of the biggest challenges this year has...
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