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 voters around the country swept elected officials into office who articulated an inclusive vision for our country—one that included having health insurance.
There are only 31 days until Open Enrollment closes on the federal health insurance marketplace HealthCare.gov, so don’t put off signing up.
From Virginia, to Maine, to Ohio, voters tell pollsters that health care played an important role in determining who they voted for. Perhaps this shouldn’t have been a surprise since a recent poll by the Kaiser Family Foundation revealed that 70 percent of health-insurance-marketplace enrollees are satisfied with their health-care coverage. Our friends at Kaiser Health News report on both these stories.
The Black AIDS Institute and its partners nationwide have been on the frontlines of this effort. This week, we will kick off our National Healthcare Access Tour to engage Black communities in the fight for equal access to healthcare and increase awareness of President Obama’s signature healthcare legislation, the Affordable Care Act (ACA), which President Trump and the GOP are trying their best to dismantle. We will be in Birmingham, Nashville, and Charlotte this week, Houston and Baton Rouge before the end of the month, and will visit even more cities in December. Read on to learn how you can join us.
In this issue we also explore a report that found the early-adopter doctors who have been prescribing PrEP don’t see the increase in risky sexual behaviors in their patients that some of PrEP’s detractors feared they would—neither risker sexual practices or reduced condom use. Candace Y. A. Montague reports.
Finally, as we celebrate the election-night victories of three transgender people nationwide, a new study from UCLA reminds us of the health disparities that impact that population.
Yours in the struggle,