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Senate Passes Opioid Package, Includes Effort to Combat Infectious Diseases

Today the US Senate passed the "Opioid Crisis Response Act of 2018", which includes the "Eliminating Opioid Related Infectious Diseases Act of 2018". The bill passed by a 99-1 vote. 

Patient Advocates Warn Against New Insurance & PBM Policy that Increases Patient Out-of-Pocket Drug Costs

The AIDS Institute, Arthritis Foundation, and National Organization for Rare Disorders (NORD) hosted a press briefing on a harmful new health insurance and PBM policy quietly being slipped into insurance plans and dramatically increasing patient cost-sharing for prescription drugs. 

Press Briefing Call on New Insurance & PBM Policy That Increases Patient Out-of-Pocket Drug Costs

The AIDS Institute, Arthritis Foundation, and National Organization for Rare Disorders (NORD) will host a press briefing call on a new health insurance and PBM policy that is increasing patient out-of-pocket costs for certain prescriptions drugs.

The AIDS Institute Applauds Bipartisan Funding Bill

The AIDS Institute commends Congressional leaders for agreeing to a bipartisan bill to fund the Department of Health and Human Services, which rejected cuts to domestic HIV programs proposed by the House and President Trump, and includes a new initiative at the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) to combat opioid related infectious diseases.

Statement from HIV, STD & Hepatitis Policy Partnership on Meeting with Secretary of HHS, Alex Azar.

Washington, D.C. – Last week, representatives of the National HIV, STD & Hepatitis Policy Partnership met with Alex Azar, secretary of the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, and Brett Giroir, M.D., assistant secretary for health.  During our meeting, the partnership advanced a series of requests and had a productive discussion about ending the HIV epidemic and the syndemic epidemics of STDs, viral hepatitis and opioid misuse. The Secretary was highly engaged and asked in-depth questions. The partners urged the Secretary and Dr.

The AIDS Institute Announces the Promotion of Franklin Hood

The AIDS Institute, a national non-partisan, non-profit organization dedicated to supporting and protecting healthcare access for people living with HIV/AIDS, viral hepatitis, and other chronic and serious health conditions, today announces the promotion of Franklin Hood to Senior Policy Associate. He has primary responsibility over the organization’s viral hepatitis efforts.

Congress Begins to Provide Additional Funding for Infectious Diseases Due to Opioid Epidemic

The AIDS Institute is pleased that both the House and Senate are beginning to provide additional funding in their FY2019 Labor HHS Appropriation bills to address the escalating increases in infectious diseases due to injection drug use associated with the opioid epidemic.

The AIDS Institute Recognizes HIV Testing Day

In recognition of National HIV Testing Day on June 27th, The AIDS Institute encourages people to get tested for HIV to learn their status and make informed and empowered medical decisions. 

CDC Youth Risk Behavior Report Demonstrates Needed Attention to Gay Youth

Gay, lesbian, bisexual, and questioning high schoolers are engaged in activities that could potentially place them at a higher risk for HIV compared to their heterosexual counterparts, according to data released today by the CDC. Read The AIDS Insitute's Press Release on the 2017 Youth Risk Behavior Survey. 

House Passes Legislation to Combat Infectious Disease Consequences of the Opioid Crisis

The U.S. House of Representatives passed the “Eliminating Opioid Related Infectious Diseases Act of 2018." Read more from The AIDS Institute on this important piece of legislation that addresses the spike in infectious diseases, including HIV and hepatitis C, related to opioid injection drug use. 

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