Health Care & Insurance Reform

AIDS 2012: Turning the Tide on HIV/AIDS

The XIX International AIDS Conference (AIDS 2012) kicked off July 22 in Washington, DC, bringing together 23,000 researchers, care and service providers, policy-makers, activists, and people living with HIV. The meeting theme, "Turning the Tide," reflects a sense of optimism stemming from recent progress in prevention and access to treatment.alt

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International AIDS Conference Starts Sunday -- Aims to Turn the Tide on HIV Epidemic

The 19th International AIDS Conference (AIDS 2012) will kick of this Sunday, July 22, in Washington, DC. The meeting and its associated events are expected to bring together more than 25,000 researchers, clinicians and other service providers, policy-makers, activists, journalists, and people living with HIV to take stock of the epidemic at a juncture many are calling the "beginning of the end of AIDS." alt

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New Report Finds Global Drug War Fuels HIV Pandemic

The worldwide war on drugs is a major factor sustaining the global HIV/AIDS epidemic among drug users and their sexual partners, according to a new report by the Global Commission on Drug Policy released in advance of the International AIDS Conference later this month in Washington, DC.alt

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Falling Through the Safety Net: How the Afforable Care Act Helps People with HIV

Over 25 years ago, one of the first demonstrations I ever attended was an action sponsored by SEIU in support of health care for all. I suppose back then I wasn’t sure how not having health insurance would impact me, because this was before I tested HIV positive. But at least I understood the very basic concept of good health maintenance, and knew even then that quality healthcare was unavailable to a lot of people.alt

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HIV/AIDS Advocates Cautiously Applaud Supreme Court Upholding Affordable Care Act

On June 28, 2012, the U.S. Supreme Court by a 5-4 margin upheld the individual mandate provision of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA), but declined to require states to expand their Medicaid programs. Advocates generally praised the ruling -- noting that people with HIV will benefit from the ACA's ban on insurance exclusion due to pre-existing conditions -- but said the law could actually make it more difficult for some low-income individuals to obtain care.


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