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Atlanta Struggles To Meet MLK’s Legacy On Health Care

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ATLANTA — While public safety commissioner Bull Connor’s police dogs in 1963 attacked civil rights protesters in Birmingham, Ala., leaders in Martin Luther King Jr.’s hometown of Atlanta were burnishing its reputation as “the city too busy to hate.” Yet 50 years after the civil rights leader was killed, some public health leaders here wonder …

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A Very Serious Roundup of Race-Focused Books Coming Out This Spring

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Transition into spring with this cross-section of titles. This spring marks the 50th anniversary of two pivotal moments in the Civil Rights Movement: the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and the passage of the Fair Housing Act. As we reflect on the last half-century of racial justice struggles and victories, many of the books in this …

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In This Issue

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We open this week’s newsletter by reporting on a Black AIDS Institute Brown Bag Lunch Webinar that discussed possible solutions for four different obstacles faced by transgender people of color. Also, though 61 percent of people enrolled in marketplace health insurance plans are satisfied with their choices, results from a poll by the Kaiser Family …

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Transgender Rights and HIV: Getting to Real Solutions 

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Living with HIV is a challenge for anyone, but transgender people of color have unique obstacles to overcome in order to thrive. A Brown Bag Lunch Webinar held by the Black AIDS Institute on Feb. 13, 2018, shared some of the biggest challenges, as well as some strategies to combat them. Challenge 1, discrimination and  violence:  Transphobia is prejudice that is directed at transgender people because of their gender identity or expression. …

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Department of Justice Sets Quotas for Immigration Judges to Speed Up Deportations 

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On Friday (March 30), the  Department of Justice  (DOJ) unveiled new production quotas for immigration judges aimed at expediting deportations. The directive will require judges to clear 700 cases a year or face negative performance reviews. The announcement comes as the Trump administration weighs other measures that would speed up deportations of children arrested at the border. …

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Americans Have Mixed Feelings About The ACA’s Future — But Like Their Plans 

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Most Americans are happy with the insurance they buy on the individual market, yet those same people think the markets are collapsing before their eyes. A poll by the Kaiser Family Foundation, released Tuesday, found that 61 percent of people enrolled in marketplace plans are satisfied with their insurance choices and that a majority say they …

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Who Is on Facebook? Snapchat? Who Is Smartphone Dependent? 

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Social media data can inform our communication activities. We spoke with Lee Rainie, director of the internet and technology research at the Pew Research Center, and Stacey Palosky, Acting Deputy Director, Digital, at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to discuss Pew’s recent report on social media use in America. You can watch the Facebook Live video to …

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States Extend Medicaid For Birth Control, Cutting Costs — And Future Enrollment

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The Trump administration is weighing whether to allow Texas to receive millions of federal Medicaid dollars for its family planning program, which bars abortion providers.   The Lone Star State eliminated its Medicaid-funded family planning program five years ago when state officials said they wanted to specifically exclude Planned Parenthood because the group provides abortions. Dozens of women’s …

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In This Issue

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Fifty years ago today, a gunman assassinated Martin Luther King. While the gunman may have killed the dreamer, our society has merely paid lip service to efforts to making the dream live on. We are called upon to not just remember Dr. King, not just remember the dream, but to stand up and resist the relentless efforts by the President of the United States and hatemongers to …

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BTAN Chicago’s Maxx Boykin: ‘Why Is HIV Criminalized?’

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I was born and raised in the suburbs of Atlanta, and I went to Savannah State University. I became very politically active, working on different political campaigns in Georgia and Virginia,. Four years ago, that political involvement led me to Chicago, where I was serving as the advocacy chair of the Chaicago BTAN (Black Treatment …

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BTAN Baton Rouge’s Kerry Auzenne: ‘I Am Unapologetic; I Have Something to Say’

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The Baton Rouge BTAN (Black Treatment Advocates Network) has gained a powerhouse chair in Kerry Auzenne. At 46 years old, Auzenne is using compassion to power the efforts around HIV/AIDS efforts in the city of Baton Rouge. Auzenne’s journey into HIV/AIDS activism started with his own diagnosis with AIDS in 2004. Auzenne had witnessed the …

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BTAN Chicago: Building Strategic Relationships and Mobilizing Coalitions

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As the recently elected chair of Chicago’s Black Treatment Advocates Network (BTAN), Anthony Galloway views that work as the perfect complement to his full-time job as director of civic engagement at Equality Illinois, the state’s LGBTQ civil rights organization. At Equality Illinois, Galloway travels the state mobilizing advocates and organizations to affect state policies concerning …

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BTAN Mississippi: Taking on the Challenge of HIV

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BTAN Mississippi: Taking on the Challenge of HIV As long as there is no cure for HIV/AIDS, the virus remains a threat. In Mississippi, HIV/AIDS has been particularly lethal, with the Magnolia State ranked fifth in the nation  (pdf) in 2015 for HIV-related deaths. Getting information about prevention and treatment to the community is key …

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We in the Black Community Must Vote Like Our Lives Depend on It . . . Because They Just Might

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“We who believe in freedom cannot rest until it comes.” –Ella Baker The Black community is no stranger to systemic attacks against not only its mere existence but also its human and civil rights, specifically voting rights. Our nation has a long history of discrimination and bias toward people of color, namely Black Americans. Through …

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In This Issue

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This week, we are really really excited to resume our series about our recent additions to the Black AIDS Institute’s board of directors. This week we profile former Congresswoman Donna Christensen, M.D. The Institute has had a long relationship with Dr. Christensen and are thrilled to have her expertise on our leadership team as we …

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The Doctor Is In: Donna Christensen Joins Black AIDS Institute’s Board of Directors 

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One in a series about the new members of the Black AIDS Institute’s board.  Donna Christensen, M.D., a former congressional delegate from the U.S. Virgin Islands, has been a friend to the Black AIDS Institute (BAI) for more than two decades. It was in Congress where Christensen first learned of the Institute, when, in 1997, its president and CEO, Phill Wilson, testified about the HIV/AIDS epidemic in Black America, citing statistics so alarming that he recommended that the government …

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Doctors Learn How To Talk To Patients About Dying

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Lynn Black’s mother-in-law, who had lupus and lung cancer, was rushed into a hospital intensive care unit last summer with shortness of breath. As she lay in bed, intubated and unresponsive, a parade of doctors told the family “all good news.” A cardiologist reported the patient’s heart was fine. An oncologist announced that the substance …

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In This Issue

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As we continue to reflect upon National Women & Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day, our friends at HIV.gov speak with Dr. Gina Brown—NIH’s lead for research on women and girls and microbicides—about CROI overall, and specifically the findings about prevention, care and treatment for women and girls that was presented there. In addition to the conversation …

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NIH’s Dr. Gina Brown on Highlights of Research on Women & HIV from CROI 2018 

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As we reflect upon National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day (NWGHAAD) on March 10, we wanted to share this video of our recent conversation with NIH’s Dr. Gina Brown, the lead for research on women and girls and microbicides at NIH’s Office of AIDS Research. We spoke with Dr. Brown earlier this week at the 2018 Conference on Retroviruses …

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The PrEP Cascade: Getting More Blacks Into Care 

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When it comes to achieving any objective, knowledge is power. In the efforts to get more African Americans aware of and using pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP), an evolving tracking system called the PrEP cascade is providing new insights as we work toward better results. PrEP is critical to the fight to end the HIV/AIDS epidemic because, when taken consistently, the anti-HIV medication can lower one’s risk of getting infected by more …

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More HIV Research Highlights from CROI 2018 (Videos) 

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Our coverage from the 2018 Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections (CROI) in Boston continued with three interviews with Federal HIV leaders who shared perspectives about the science coming out of the conference and its implications for HIV prevention, care, and treatment. NIH’s Dr. Carl Dieffenbach Discussed Interim Results on a Study of a Vaginal Ring for HIV Prevention …

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Final HIV Research Highlights from CROI 2018

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Our coverage from the 2018 Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections (CROI) in Boston wrapped up with two interviews with Federal HIV leaders who shared perspectives about the science coming out of the conference and its implications for HIV prevention, care, and treatment. NIH’s Dr. Carl Dieffenbach Discussed Drug-Drug Interactions, Organ Transplants, and between PWLH… We heard from Dr. …

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No-Go For Idaho: Back To The Drawing Board On State-Based Health Plans 

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No, you can’t. That’s what federal officials told Idaho regulators and the state’s governor regarding the state’s plan to allow insurers to sell health plans that fall short of the Affordable Care Act’s requirements. But the letter from the Trump administration letter did offer an alternative: Tweak your plan a bit to make them qualify as “short-term” …

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In This Issue

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This week we continue to salute Black transwomen who are making a major impact around the nation with Part 2 of our series “10 Black Transgender Women to Watch”.   As part of our Brown Bag Lunch series, we ran a webinar about the HIV treatment cascade. Dr. Derrick Butler, associate medical director and HIV specialist at T.H.E. (To Help Everyone) …

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10 Black Transgender Women to Watch: Part 2 

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Whether organizing marches and protests, lobbying lawmakers or leading social justice campaigns, Black transgender women are leading the fight for equality and human and civil rights for trans and gender-nonconforming people of color. Here, the second in a two-part series about Black trans women nationwide whom other trans women identify as making major moves. Read Part 1 here. NEW …

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HIV Research Highlights from First Day of CROI 2018 (Video) 

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Advances in HIV research are being shared this week at the 2018 Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections (CROI) in Boston, and HIV.gov is here sharing news and information about some of the important new findings and data being released. We conducted a Facebook Live interview with Dr. Carl Dieffenbach on Monday afternoon to learn about some of the …

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ACA’s Popularity Grows, Even As GOP Lauds Change To Requirement To Have Coverage 

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Despite President Donald Trump’s boasting that “we have essentially repealed Obamacare,” a new poll shows the Affordable Care Act is more popular than ever. In fact, many people don’t know Congress repealed the ACA’s penalty for not having insurance. The poll from the Kaiser Family Foundation found 54 percent of Americans had a favorable view of the …

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FDA Head Vows To Tackle High Drug Prices And Drugmakers ‘Gaming The System’ 

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Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Scott Gottlieb said he will do everything “within my lane” to combat high drug prices and that he sees drug companies “gaming the system to try to block competition” in a multitude of ways in the marketplace. In a wide-ranging interview with Kaiser Health News on Thursday, Gottlieb also said …

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In This Issue

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As the Director of Programs for the Black AIDS Institute, I’m honored to welcome you to this week’s Black AIDS Weekly in recognition of National Women & Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day (NWGHAAD), upcoming this Saturday, March 10th. Throughout March, which is Women’s History Month, and into April we will highlight the impact HIV has on Black women and the innovative ways that Black woman are showing up for ourselves, …

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Black AIDS Institute Launches Initiatives Focused on Black Women

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As we celebrate Women’s History Month and mark National Black Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day on Saturday, March 10, 2018, the Black AIDS Institute is launching a Black Women and PrEP Tool Kit, offering direct services for Black women in our prevention clinic in Los Angeles, and announcing that we will conduct a series …

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10 Black Transgender Women to Watch: Part 1 

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Whether organizing marches and protests, lobbying lawmakers or leading social justice campaigns, Black transgender women are leading the fight for equality and human and civil rights for trans and gender-nonconforming people of color. Here, the first in a two-part series about Black trans women nationwide whom other trans women identify as making major moves. ATLANTA Dee Dee Ngozi Chamblee The founder and executive director of LaGender Inc., an organization serving Atlanta’s transgender community, Dee Dee Ngozi Chamblee has organized grassroots initiatives and served communities of color for more than 25 years. Her tireless work and …

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Black Women Disproportionately Suffer Complications of Pregnancy and Childbirth. Let’s Talk About It.

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We started with 10 women who faced six different maternal complications. About 700 to 900 women die each year from causes related to pregnancy and childbirth. And for every death, dozens of women suffer life-threatening complications. But there is a stark racial disparity in these numbers. Black mothers are three to four times more likely …

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Using Data to Make Healthcare & Program Decisions 

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“Data keeps us alert to what we should be focusing on and who is currently most at risk” – Brenda Hernandez    We all can use data to analyze populations and to determine where to direct resources. By examining data, providers can make informed decisions regarding patient care, and we can recommend policy and program …

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Slight Changes to Broadly Neutralizing HIV Antibody Yield Great Dividends

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To increase the number of biomedical HIV prevention tools available, scientists have begun to test whether giving people periodic infusions of powerful anti-HIV antibodies can prevent HIV infection, a strategy called passive immunization. The antibodies involved can stop a wide variety of HIV strains from infecting human cells and thus are described as “broadly neutralizing.” …

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In This Issue

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We are very, very excited to tell you about the State of Florida’s PrEP Institute, a three-day interactive, hands-on experience, where health care professionals and CBOs learned more about PrEP and how to prescribe it, including how to do so in a culturally relevant way that helps increase PrEP uptake in Black communities. Speaking of …

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PrEP Institute Comes to the Sunshine State 

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On Jan. 10, 2018, the Florida Department of Health took action to encourage more medical professionals in the state to prescribe pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) when it invited experts from San Francisco’s Department of Public Health (SFDPH) to conduct the Florida PrEP Institute—training about PrEP for state and local health professionals as well as community-based organizations. A three-day interactive, hands-on experience, the Florida PrEP Institute included expert lectures, information sessions and discussions to help state and local health departments and community-based organizations (CBOs) to develop plans for coordinating PrEP services throughout the state. The Black AIDS Institute, along with Cicatelli …

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How the Gun Control Debate Ignores Black  Lives 

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By failing to talk about the majority of gun murder victims — black men — politicians and advocates are missing the chance to save lives. On a drizzly afternoon in January 2013, almost a month after the school shooting in Newtown, Connecticut, that left 20 first-graders dead, more than a dozen religious leaders assembled in Washington, …

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PrEP Prescriptions on the Rise: But More Work Remains 

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Pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) is a highly effective HIV prevention strategy for people who want to take control of their health. It involves taking a pill every day. Studies show that daily PrEP can reduce the risk of acquisition of HIV via sex by more than 90% and reduce acquisition among people who inject drugs by more than …

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Happy Heart Month: What People Living with HIV Should Know 

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This has been American Heart Month. Did you know people living with HIV are at an increased risk of experiencing cardiovascular disease? Fortunately, NIH-supported research is getting to the heart of the problem. Effective anti-HIV medications dramatically reduced the number of AIDS-related deaths in the United States. However, because people with HIV are now able to …

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5 Culture Leaders On What Makes ‘Black Panther’ So Special

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We asked Black activists, educators, writers and entrepreneurs why they’re so excited about this superhero movie. Putting aside its very Black cast and crew, “Black Panther” is the ultimate Hollywood superhero flick. There are the requisite ripped bodies fighting for good or evil, buildings exploding, luxury cars speeding and superpowers tested. And yet, this film has become a major cultural moment, with recordbreaking pre-sales, community …

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In This Issue

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This week was an example of having one experience that was highly inspiring and having another experience that was very depressing. Last Thursday, 17 people, including 14 children, were murdered in yet another mass shooting at a high school. It’s gotten to the point where there’s no need to run new footage or new narrative. …

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Black AIDS Institute Launches Prevention Clinic and Black Men’s Primary Care Clinic Will Open in April

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On Wednesday, February 8, 2018, In an effort to address the evolving needs of those most at risk in the HIV/AIDS epidemic and commemorate Black AIDS Awareness Day, the Black AIDS Institute, in partnership with St. John’s Well Child and Family Center, opened its first Black HIV prevention clinic in Los Angeles. “It’s really important …

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A Personal Perspective: PrEP and NBHAAD

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Every day, I wake up and take a little blue pill that empowers me. It’s been nearly 3 years since I made the decision to start pre-exposure prophylaxis, better known as PrEP. PrEP is a daily pill that when taken consistently reduces the risk of acquiring HIV by over 90 percent. Over the years, I’ve …

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BAI and Planned Parenthood Launched New HIV Prevention Videos on National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day

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Washington, D.C. — On National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day, the Black AIDS institute and Planned Parenthood Federation of America launched new educational videos on pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) and post-exposure prophylaxis (PEP), two HIV prevention medications. Despite the life-saving advances in HIV treatment and prevention, racism and other systemic barriers can block people from affordable, quality …

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Despite Changes That Undermined ACA Enrollment, Marketplaces ‘Remarkably Stable’

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After much drama leading to this year’s open enrollment for Affordable Care Act coverage — a shorter time frame, a sharply reduced federal budget for marketing and assistance, and confusion resulting from months of repeal-and-replace debate — the final tally paints a mixed picture. With all states now reporting, ACA plan enrollment ticked downward this …

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