House Tax Bill Would Scrap Deduction For Medical Expenses

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The tax bill unveiled by Republicans in the House would not, as had been rumored, eliminate the tax penalty for failure to have health insurance. But it would eliminate a decades-old deduction for people with very high medical costs. The controversial bill is an effort by Republicans to revamp the nation’s tax code and provide dramatic tax …

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How to Turn Back the Threat of HCV

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Although Black Americans are making gains in the fight against HIV, we are not doing nearly as well when it comes to hepatitis. That was the message conveyed at a Brown Bag Lunch Webinar hosted by the Black AIDS Institute in October 2017. New infections of the most common type of hepatitis, the hepatitis C virus (HCV), …

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National Healthcare Access Coalition Launches 17 City National Black Healthcare Access Tour

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A national healthcare coalition comprised of 15 national organizations and networks launches a 17 city Demand Access: Black Healthcare Access Tour to raise awareness about the importance of healthcare access in Black communities, mobilize communities to respond to recent threats to the Affordable Care Act (ACA/Obamacare), and help individuals sign up for insurance during the 2017 ACA …

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In This Issue

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From Andrea Jenkins, who became first openly transgender African-American woman elected to the city council of a major U.S. city (Minneapolis), to Vi Lyles, the first Black woman mayor of Charlotte, to Maine voters approving Medicaid expansion for that state, last week’s election ushered in what experts have described as a “tsunami” of change, as …

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Election Night Surprise: Health Care Galvanizes Voters

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Health care appears to have played an unexpectedly robust role in Tuesday’s off-year elections, as Democrats swept statewide races in Virginia and New Jersey and voters told pollsters it was a top concern. The health headline of the night came in Maine, where voters by a large margin rebuked Republican Gov. Paul LePage and approved a …

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Poll: 70 Percent of Marketplace Enrollees Satisfied With Obamacare

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A recent poll by the Kaiser Family Foundation (KFF) revealed that 70 percent of health-insurance-marketplace enrollees are satisfied with their health-care coverage, a clear repudiation of President Donald Trump’s attempts to kill the Affordable Care Act. The ACA open-enrollment period started Nov. 1 and will end Dec. 15 for residents of the states that participate …

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Reducing Bias and Increasing PrEP

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A study published in the journal AIDS Patient Care and STDs in April 2017 indicates that physicians who prescribe pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) do not see an increase in risky sexual behaviors in their patients. Previously, some doctors feared that prescribing PrEP would encourage their patients to engage to riskier sexual practices and reduce their condom …

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Black AIDS Institute Launches Black Health Matters Initiative and 2017 National Healthcare Access Tour

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The Black AIDS Institute (BAI), in partnership with other national organizations is launching the 2017 National Healthcare Access Tour to engage Black communities across the country in the fight for equal access to healthcare. The tour is designed to increase awareness about the Afforable Care Act (ACA), President Obama’s signature healthcare legislation. The ACA has …

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Beyond Stigma And Bias, Many Transgender People Struggle With Mental Health

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Beyond Stigma And Bias, Many Transgender People Struggle With Mental Health. Diana Feliz Oliva, a 45-year-old transgender woman who grew up outside Fresno, Calif., remembers being bullied when she was younger and feeling confused about her gender identity. She was depressed and fearful about being found out, and she prayed every night for God to …

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