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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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Undetectable = Untransmittable – The Noise, the Joys and the Nuances

December 7, 2017

By Jim Pickett On Sept. 22, 2017, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the world’s foremost health authority, released one of the most important paragraphs they’ve ever written: "Scientific advances have shown that antiretroviral therapy (ART) preserves the health of people living with HIV . We also have strong evidence of the prevention effectiveness...
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Stonewall Strong (excerpt) By John-Manuel Andriote

November 8, 2017

This post is an excerpt from John-Manual Andriote’s recently published book Stonewall Strong: Gay Men’s Heroic Fight for Resilience, Good Health, and a Strong Community . The walls of Jim Pickett’s office at the AIDS Foundation of Chicago display the set of posters created for a new campaign aimed at promoting PrEP use by the gay men and women, including transgender...
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How your clinic can resist unlawful ICE activity

November 1, 2017

Edited by Ashley Slupski Adapted from the National Immigration Law Center Hospitals, clinic and other health care settings have a role to play in protecting undocumented communities.  Here’s what health care administrators should do to provide the best environment to protect the rights of patients and providers: Establish a written policy designating...
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Get ready for Health Insurance Open Enrollment: 6 things to do before you enroll

October 19, 2017

Despite what you may have heard (or not heard) from the White House, you can still get a health insurance plan from the Health Insurance Marketplace. Open enrollment begins on Wednesday, Nov. 1, 2017 and ends on Friday, Dec. 15, 2017. Make sure you get the best health plan for you by taking the following steps before you enroll: Pay off any balances on your current health...
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