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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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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During January, the Institute hosted a Brown Bag Lunch Webinar about gender bias and HIV. In this issue we report on the ways that gender identity can impact HIV care. In addition, our friends at Colorlines report on the 30th anniversary of the Creating Change conference hosted by the National LGBTQ Task Force, by interviewing 10 …

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Gender and HIV: Meeting People Where They Are

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A lot of headway has been made in the fight against the HIV/AIDS epidemic. Yet gender-based bias and its relationship to race and class can negatively affect the care that people receive. A Brown Bag Lunch Webinar hosted by the Black AIDS Institute in January 2018 shed light on the influence of some of these …

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Queer and Trans Activists of Color Speak Out on the Future of Activism

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Since 1988, LGBTQ activists around the country have gathered for the annual Creating Change conference, hosted by the National LGBTQ Task Force. This year, on the 30th anniversary of the conference, more than 3000 people met in Washington, D.C. for five days of meetings, workshops, plenaries and social gatherings focused on the needs of the LGBTQ …

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New Book Breaks Down the History of African American and Latinx People Joining Forces to Fight Racism

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In “An African American and Latinx History of the United States,” historian Paul Ortiz illuminates how Black and Brown people built cross-border, multi-ethnic solidarity movements to resist imperialism, achieve civil rights and ultimately shape the course of history.  Dominant narratives about United States’ history will usually wax nostalgic for the patriots who fought for liberty and egalitarianism during …

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Census Bureau to Ignore Obama-Era Recommendations for Recording Race, Ethnicity

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“Accurate, detailed data are an essential tool for ensuring equal opportunity and access to the nation’s institutions and resources for all people, but especially those who have been victims of discrimination historically.” The United States Census Bureau issued a statement today (January 26) making it clear that when it comes to recording the race and …

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Toolkit Features State Strategies to Improve the Health of People with HIV

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HHS has supported the development of a toolkit that can help state Medicaid programs and health departments to work together to improve viral suppression rates among people living with HIV, making them healthier and preventing new HIV infections. Advocates may be interested in this as well so that they can use this information to work …

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Appreciation for Phill Wilson

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A day before National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day, Phill Wilson, President and CEO, the Black AIDS Institute, announced retirement from his 19 year old tenure and shared his vision to prepare the next generation’s Black HIV/AIDS response. The social media response has been wonderful; here we share a few and will keep adding to the …

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In This Issue

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This year’s National Black HIVAIDS Awareness day commemoration is bittersweet for me. I have been involved in efforts to fight the HIV/AIDS pandemic for more than thirty-five years. Today, I am announcing that later this year I will be stepping down as the Black AIDS Institute’s President and CEO, where I have had the privilege …

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Black AIDS Institute Launches Bold Vision for the Future: Announces Retirement of Longtime Leader Phill Wilson, New Board Members, New Staff, New Partnerships, New Programs

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As part of a new strategic plan to prepare for the next generation of Black HIV/AIDS response, the Black AIDS Institute is announcing several changes within the organization, including the retirement of its longtime president and CEO, Phill Wilson, later this year. Wilson launched the Black AIDS Institute in 1999 with a clear mantra (“Our …

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NBHAAD 2018: Taking the HIV/AIDS Fight to the Future

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In order for a movement to endure, there must be a plan for the future. National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day (NBHAAD) on Feb. 7, 2018, is a great time to assess the state of the HIV/AIDS epidemic in Black America and plan a forward-thinking response. This year, the Black AIDS Institute is celebrating the day …

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NIH Begins Large HIV Treatment Study in Pregnant Women

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The National Institutes of Health has launched a large international study to compare the safety and efficacy of three antiretroviral treatment regimens for pregnant women living with HIV and the safety of these regimens for their infants. The study will evaluate the current preferred first-line regimen for pregnant women recommended by the World Health Organization …

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In Battleground Races, Health Care Lags As Hot-Button Issue, Poll Finds

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As the midterm elections approach, health care ranks as the top issue, mentioned more frequently among voters nationwide than among those living in areas with competitive races, a new poll finds. In areas with competitive congressional or gubernatorial races, the economy and jobs ranked as the top issue for candidates to discuss, with 34 percent …

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VIDEO: Women of Color Set Their Focus on Voting Rights at Women’s March Anniversary Events

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A year after the inaugural Women’s March, millions of protestors gathered in cities around the world to protest the Trump presidency, misogyny and racism. With an eye to the 2018 midterm elections, organizers used the anniversary to kick off “Power to the Polls,” a national voter registration and get-out-the vote effort that will target swing states. Organizers also …

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In This Issue

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In this issue, we report on the Black AIDS Institute’s December Brown Bag Lunch Webinar about emotional intelligence and the impact that capacity has upon organizational effectiveness. Next, our friends at Kaiser Health News write about Aetna’s recent decision to settle a lawsuit for a data breach that compromised the privacy of some customers living …

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Brown Bag Lunch Webinar: The Enduring Impact of Emotional Intelligence

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Community-based organizations (CBOs) are looked to by many as a source of emotional support. But if their staffs don’t have emotional intelligence—the ability to recognize, support and affirm one’s own emotions and the emotions of others—CBOs are not only likely to ineffective but could also create harm for their clients. At a Brown Bag Lunch …

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It’s In The Mail: Aetna Agrees To $17M Payout In HIV Privacy Breach

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Aetna settled a lawsuit for $17 million Wednesday over a data breach that happened in the summer of 2017. The privacy of as many as 12,000 people insured by Aetna was compromised in a very low-tech way: The fact that they had been taking HIV drugs was revealed through the clear window of the envelope. “I was …

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Building Digital Content for National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day 2018

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The HIV community is rapidly approaching the February 7th annual observance of National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day (NBHAAD).To help our readers flesh out their NBHAAD related social media content, here’s a few resources to weave into your tweets, posts, and online content. The theme, the hashtag  The Strategic Leadership Council  (the community lead for NBHAAD) …

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CHIP Renewed For Six Years As Congress Votes To Reopen Federal Government

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A brief, partial shutdown of the federal government ended Monday, as the Senate and House approved legislation that would keep federal dollars flowing until Feb. 8, as well as fund the Children’s Health Insurance Program for the next six years. President Donald Trump signed the bill Monday evening. The CHIP program, which provides coverage to …

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New Report: In 2017, Congress and Administration Sparked Unprecedented Backlash Across the Country

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Washington D.C. – The first year of the 115th Congress and the Trump-Pence administration inspired a historic backlash across the country, according to a new report released today by Planned Parenthood Federation of America and Planned Parenthood Action Fund. The report, entitled “State of Women’s Health Policy,” details how each branch of government’s protracted focus …

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If there have not been enough wake-up calls over the last year, the recent government shutdown by President Trump and the Republican-controlled Senate, using Dreamers and CHIP recipients as pawns, should be enough to alarm all Americans. The consequences of this political gamesmanship to reward the wealthiest of Americans at the expense of the rest …

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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 …

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HUD Awards $37 Million to Renew Support to 32 Local HIV-AIDS Housing Programs

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In December, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development announced $37 million to assist more than 4,000 low-income persons living with HIV/AIDS and their families annually over a three-year period. The funding announced today is offered through HUD’s Housing Opportunities for Persons With AIDS Program (HOPWA) and will renew HUD’s support of 32 local …

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Trump’s Work-For-Medicaid Rule Puts Work On States’ Shoulders

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The Trump administration’s watershed decision to allow states to test a work requirement for adult Medicaid enrollees sparked widespread criticism from doctors, advocates for the poor, and minority and disability rights groups. Conservatives, however, hailed the change to the federal-state program for low-income people. Stephen Miller, the Medicaid commissioner for Kentucky, which received authority Friday …

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A Poor Neighborhood In Chicago Looks To Cuba To Fight Infant Mortality

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Over the past few months, medical professionals on Chicago’s South Side have been trying a new tactic to bring down the area’s infant mortality rate: find women of childbearing age and ask them about everything. Really, everything. “In the last 12 months, have you had any problems with any bug infestations, rodents or mold?” Dr. …

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Black AIDS Institute Partners with USC and Full Frequency Media to Address the Alarming HIV/AIDS Rates Among Black Women in Los Angeles

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Los Angeles, CA, January 22, 2018– In commemoration of National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day (February 7, 2018), the University of Southern California – Black Alumni Association and Institute for Diversity and Empowerment at Annenberg School of Communication and Journalism is partnering with the Black AIDS Institute and Full Frequency Media, to host a screening and …

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This week we are commemorating the birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. One of the ways I commemorate Dr. King’s legacy is to think about the times we live in, and, given current events, wonder what Dr. King and other Black historical figures would think, say, or do! Maya Angelou, for example, said, when …

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Fighting Stigma, and Other Things My Ancestors Taught Me

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Last week, the President of the United States made racist comments about Black immigrants from El Salvador, Haiti, and the entire continent of Africa. Those words have been dissected and shamefully defended, but they happened in a wider context of stigma and anti-blackness. On Dec. 22, 2017, a report surfaced in The New York Times …

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Increase in Hepatitis C Infections Linked to Worsening Opioid Crisis

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Spike in new infections could have devastating long-term consequences New research from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) suggests that the recent steep increase in cases of acute hepatitis C virus infection is associated with increases in opioid injection. The study examines data from CDC’s hepatitis surveillance system and from the Substance Abuse …

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Defending Against This Season’s Deadly Flu: 5 Things To Know Now

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The nation is having a Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad flu season. Flu is widespread in 46 states, according to reports to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Nationally, as of mid-December, at least 106 people had died from the infectious disease. In addition, states across the country are reporting higher-than-average flu-related …

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Could Gene Therapy Someday Eliminate HIV?

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WEDNESDAY, Jan. 3, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Gene therapy may have the potential to eradicate HIV in people infected with the virus, new animal research suggests. The science centers around the use of “chimeric antigen receptor” (CAR) genes. In laboratory work with monkeys, these engineered cells have destroyed HIV-infected cells for more than two years, …

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Doing Less With Less: Mental Health Care in Mississippi

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A national recession. Years of state budgets cuts. It’s no surprise requests mental health resources for prisoners are routinely rejected. The state of mental health care in Mississippi has been in freefall for years. As a consequence of the ripple effects of the financial crisis, Mississippi saw its state support for mental health care slashed …

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In This Issue

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Happy New Year! Welcome to the first Black AIDS Weekly of 2018. There is so much going on it’s hard to know where to begin. First, over the holiday break and without explanation, the Trump administration fired all the remaining members of the Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS (PACHA). To paraphrase the words of former …

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Black AIDS Institute Welcomes New Board Members

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The Black AIDS Institute has added two board members committed to improving health-care delivery systems in LGBTQ and underserved communities. David M. Cook, M.D. Dr. David M. Cook, senior vice president of value-based care and a health-care futurist at Novant Health, is joining the Black AIDS Institute’s board after working on HIV/AIDS preventive events with …

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Children’s Insurance, Other Health Programs Funded — For Now — In Bill

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The bill passed by Congress right before Christmas to keep most of the federal government funded for another month also provided a temporary reprieve to a number of health programs in danger of running out of money, most notably the Children’s Health Insurance Program, or CHIP. Funding for CHIP technically expired Oct. 1. States have …

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How Hospitals Are Failing Black Mothers

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A ProPublica analysis shows that women who deliver at hospitals that disproportionately serve black mothers are at a higher risk of harm. NEW YORK — When Dacheca Fleurimond decided to give birth at SUNY Downstate Medical Center earlier this year, her sister tried to talk her out of it. Her sister had recently delivered at …

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Race, Age Bias Common in U.S. Medical Care: Survey NoneRace, Age Bias Common in U.S. Medical Care: Survey None

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  THURSDAY, Dec. 14, 2017 (HealthDay News) — Nearly 20 percent of older people who’ve sought care for chronic illness say they experienced discrimination in the U.S. health system, a new study reports. Racial discrimination was the most common kind, but the study also revealed discrimination based on ancestry, gender, age, religion, weight or physical …

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The New Normal: White Supremacists Remove Their Hoods

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Have we hit rock bottom yet? We made it through 2017! But sometimes, it looked like we wouldn’t survive a year that seemed intent on shaking up the status quo. Following President Donald Trump’s election win, White supremacists everywhere removed their hoods, unafraid to publically spout their views. In this installment of The New Normal, …

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In This Issue

Posted in: News, News 2017

As we wrap up 2017, it would be an understatement to say that this has been a very difficult year of uncertainty for poor people, Black people and other people of color, people living with HIV/AIDS and/or in need of healthcare, and maybe our democracy as a whole. Today, the US Congress is poised to …

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Fighting the Toll of STIs in Black Communities

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While sexually transmitted infections (STIs) are a concern for all, statistics show that Black people are particularly at risk. A Brown Bag Lunch Webinar hosted by the Black AIDS Institute in November 2017 highlighted some structural, community and individual interventions that can make a difference. There are three basic types of STIs: Viral STIs are …

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Not-So-Happy New Year: Alabama Set To Toss Kids Off Insurance Plan Starting Jan. 1

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Citing Congress’ failure to restore federal funding of the Children’s Health Insurance Program, Alabama plans to drop 7,000 kids from coverage on New Year’s Day, the first step to shutting down coverage for everyone, state officials said Monday. Those children, who are up for their yearly renewal in January, will not be allowed to continue …

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