NEWS

In This Issue

Later this week, members of the U.S. House of Representatives are scheduled to vote on the Trump Administration's American Health Care Act (AHCA), the next step House Republicans will take toward their goal of "repealing and replacing" the Affordable Care Act.

As we shared in the Black AIDS Institute's Statement on this issue last week, the AHCA amounts to a $600 billion tax break for the wealthy that will cause 24 million people to lose health insurance, with 14 million of them losing their health insurance next year alone, according to Congressional Budget Office (CBO) estimates. Shockingly, somewhere between 33,000 and 55,000 Americans would die every year as a consequence of this plan.

Not only would insurance premiums go up, Trumpcare would allow older adults to be charged up to five times the rate that younger adults would pay; the subsidies Obamacare provides to make monthly premiums more affordable would be replaced by tax credits that increase with age, gradually phase out with income, and do not reflect a person's geographic region or cost of their coverage. As a result people would receive fewer benefits, particularly if they're poor, or a member of a marginalized or historically disenfranchised group. With this vote looming, look up your congressional representatives' contact information now, then stand up, speak up and fight!

In this issue we recap the Black AIDS Institute's work at CROI, focusing on the content of our daily breakfast updates. We offer an overview of our February Brown Bag Lunch Webinar, which discussed the important role cultural humility can play in fighting HIV/AIDS. Our friends at Kaiser Health News help us fact check some of the commentary surrounding the Trumpcare. We also publish a piece summarizing both the stats and some of the CDC interventions intended to reduce HIV/AIDS among women and girls. Finally, research shows that Baby Boomers aren't getting tested for hepatitis C as the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force has recommended, something that's very important to follow up on.

Yours in the struggle,

Phill