Press Releases

The AIDS Institute Encourages Individuals to Take Control and Get Tested On National HIV Testing Day

June 27, 2014

“Early treatment is an essential part of the prevention strategy...” explained Michael Ruppal, Executive Director of The AIDS Institute. “It works to reduce viral load and the less virus in the body, the less chance that transmission will occur.”  - Click here to read the release.

Evidence Mounting Of Discrimination against People with HIV By Some Insurance Plans

June 13, 2014 -- “We want the Affordable Care Act (ACA) to work, and we want it to work for people living with HIV/AIDS and others with chronic health conditions...But shifting the cost of medications to the patients is not only blatant discrimination but can lead to poorer health outcomes...”  Click here to read the press release.

NHeLP and The AIDS Institute File HIV/AIDS Discrimination Complaint Against Florida Health Insurers

May 29, 2014 -- "The [insurance] companies are going out of their way to discourage people with HIV/AIDS from enrolling in their plans—a blatantly illegal practice.” 

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The AIDS Institute Releases Hepatitis C Testing Coverage Guide in Observance of Hepatitis Testing Day

May 19, 2014 - “This coverage guide is a useful tool for understanding how the recently revised recommendations by the USPSTF on hepatitis C screening will impact coverage by Medicaid, Medicare and private insurance as a result of the ACA."

The AIDS Institute Praises President Obama’s Selection to Lead National AIDS Office

March 24, 2014 -  "Douglas combines the personal as well as professional experience needed to lead the federal government’s HIV policies and implement the President’s National HIV/AIDS Strategy." Click here to read the announcement. 

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President Obama’s Budget Maintains Strong Commitment to Domestic HIV/AIDS Programs

March 5, 2014 “The budget President Obama outlined yesterday demonstrates his strong commitment to ending HIV"...."However, the budget proposes to eliminate funding for Part D of the Ryan White Program"..."We call upon Congress to reject this proposal.” Click here to read the release.

The AIDS Institute Testifies Against Proposal to Restrict Medications in Medicare Part D

Carl Schmid, Deputy Executive Director of The AIDS Institute, urged CMS “to scrap the proposal to change the ‘six protected classes.’” 

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