In This Issue

Posted in: News, News 2017

Last week, open enrollment began for health insurance sold on the federal health insurance marketplace HealthCare.gov. Only 38 days remain until the marketplace closes.

With the enrollment period cut in half, the budget for navigators slashed and the site down for maintenance for 12 hours each weekend, it is important that you shop for health insurance right away. We urge you not to wait until the last minute to enroll!

As the Trump Administration seeks to undermine the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, many Americans are feeling confused about the law, the availability of coverage and whether they will be able to afford it. Our friends at Kaiser Health News bring us up to speed on the opening of the marketplace. They also report that many rural residents are being hurt by Trump’s changes, focusing upon the challenges of getting enrolled in the state of Georgia.

The Children’s Health Insurance Program, or CHIP, has been held hostage to the effort to “repeal and replace” the ACA. Reporter Freddie Allen updates us on the impact upon Black children that Congress’s failure to reauthorize CHIP funding will have if it remains unaddressed.

An article published in the New England Journal of Medicine states that some experts are beginning to worry that the rise in resistance to antiretroviral medications could further HIV’s spread around the world.

And from supporting people living with HIV and AIDS to helping to eliminate stigma, psychologists have played an essential role in helping to end the HIV/AIDS epidemic since its beginnings. As the American Psychological Association marks its 125th anniversary, Rich Wolitski, Director of the Office of HIV/AIDS and Infectious Disease Policy at HHS, shares thoughts about psychologists’ role in fighting HIV and AIDS.

Yours in the struggle,

Phill

 

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