Trump seeks $300 million to beat HIV by 2030 — but cuts global programs

By : Chris Johnson OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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In the aftermath of President Trump’s State of the Union pledge to eliminate new HIV infections by 2030, his newly unveiled budget request for the U.S. government provides additional funds for domestic HIV/AIDS programs in contrast to earlier proposals that sought to cut those programs — but related international programs are facing cuts.

The fiscal year 2020 budget requests a $300 million increase in funds to combat HIV/AIDS, but also seeks to roll back Medicare and Medicaid — programs on which many people with HIV/AIDS rely — and continues the proposed steep cuts to U.S. initiatives seeking to fight the global epidemic.

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Another Trump budget, another attempt to cut HIV/AIDS programs

By : Chris Johnson OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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ABOVE: Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney is promoting a Trump budget that makes HIV cuts. Photo by Gage Skidmore; courtesy Wikimedia Commons.

New year, new cuts to HIV/AIDS programs. President Trump’s proposed $4.4 trillion budget for fiscal year 2019 is most prominently characterized by soaring deficits, but also calls for varying degrees of cuts to HIV/AIDS programs reminiscent of his earlier request.

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Plan targets health care bias against transgender people

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WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration proposed Sept. 3 to ban discrimination against transgender people throughout the health care system, expanding anti-bias protections in the president’s health overhaul.

The new protections are part of a much broader proposed regulation by the Department of Health and Human Services. In a first, the overhaul specified that “sex” is a protected category under federal law, and the regulation carries that a step further, clarifying that “gender identity” is included within the Affordable Care Act’s protective umbrella banning sex discrimination.

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AIDS foundation scammed Medicare for $20M, suit says

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Fort Lauderdale, Fla. (AP) – One of the nation’s largest suppliers of HIV and AIDS medical care is accused of bilking Medicare and Medicaid in an elaborate $20 million dollar scam that spanned 12 states, according to a lawsuit filed in South Florida federal court.

Three former managers of the AIDS Healthcare Foundation filed a suit last week alleging the company paid employees and patients kickbacks for patient referrals in an effort to boost funding from federal health programs. Employees were paid $100 bonuses for referring patients with positive test results to its clinics and pharmacies. The lawsuit alleges kickbacks started in 2010 at the company’s California headquarters and spread to programs in Florida and several other locations.

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Medicare OKs sex reassignment surgeries

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SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – Medicare can no longer automatically deny coverage requests for sex reassignment surgeries, a federal board ruled June 6 in a groundbreaking decision that recognizes the procedures are medically necessary for some people who don’t identify with their biological sex.

Ruling in favor of a 74-year-old transgender Army veteran whose request to have Medicare pay for her genital reconstruction was denied two years ago, a U.S. Department of Health and Human Services review board said there was no justification for a three-decade-old agency rule excluding such surgeries from treatments covered by the national health program for the elderly and disabled.

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Obama pushes for LGBT workplace discrimination protections

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President Barack Obama on June 13 marked Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Pride Month by calling on Congress to pass legislation banning workplace discrimination against gays, lesbians and others. “I want to sign that bill,” he said.

Obama said such bias is wrong and must end. He said that in more than 30 states people can be fired because of who they are or who they love. He said legislation pending in Congress would end workplace discrimination “now and forever” against lesbians, gays, bisexual and transgender individuals.

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Man arrested for refusing to leave partner’s hospital bedside

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A Missouri man is under arrest for refusing to leave his husband’s hospital bedside.

According to WDAF, Roger Gorley went to visit his partner, Allen, at Research Medical Center April 9. When Gorley arrived, a member of Allen’s family asked him to leave.

Gorley refused, so hospital security forcibly removed him and put him in handcuffs, WDAF reported.

Missouri does not recognize same sex marriage, but Gorley said he and Allen have been in a civil union for five years, share joint power of attorney and make medical decisions for each other.

Gorley told WDAF that a nurse didn’t even bother to check into their legal ties.

Research Medical Center released a statement:
We believe involving the family is an important part of the patient care process. And, the patient`s needs are always our first priority. When anyone becomes disruptive to providing the necessary patient care, we involve our security team to help calm the situation and to protect our patients and staff. If the situation continues to escalate, we have no choice but to request police assistance.

According to WDAF, Gorley is fighting a restraining order issued against him after his arrest. As of presstime, Allen is still in the hospital and the restraining order means Gorley is still unable to visit him.

President Obama issued a mandate in 2010 that requires any hospital that receives Medicare of Medicaid funding to extend visitation to the partners of LGBTs and respect patients’ choices about who they want to make critical healtcare decisions. Research Medical Center’s website has an extensive Patient Financial Center explaining Medicare and Medicaid coverage, cost and eligibility.