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NOVEMBER 9, 2012
President Obama Reelected!
No Post-Election Honeymoon Expected

At the end of what seemed to be an endless campaign, President Obama and Vice President Biden were elected to a second term Tuesday night. The President won with 332 Electoral College votes to Mitt Romney’s 206 (including unofficial votes from Florida, which the Romney campaign has conceded; the state itself is still counting votes). The President’s share of the popular vote stands at 50.4%.

Nearly all HIV/AIDS organizations are non-partisan and as such most did not endorse either candidate. However, at the same time, many HIV/AIDS organizations had very serious policy concerns and thus there was sme measure of relief felt throughout the HIV community. For many HIV organizations the election results signal that many current policies will remain unchanged.

To read Vice President of Policy and Advocacy Ronald Johnson's entire piece about President Obama’s reelection, click here: http://blog.aidsunited.org/2012/11/president-obama-reelected-no-post-election-honeymoon-expected/

The Results Are In! Congressional and State Election Breakdown

What an election! Tuesday saw victories across the board that could signify a change in the tide of HIV/AIDS in the United States. However, the fight to ensure the best quality of life for people living with HIV/AIDS won’t be without struggle. For a breakdown of some of the major victories and challenges we can expect as a result of Tuesday’s election, click here: http://blog.aidsunited.org/2012/11/the-results-are-in-congressional-and-state-election-breakdown/

So Many Issues, So Little Time for Lame Duck Session

On Tuesday, November 13 the House and Senate will convene for the “lame duck” session of the 112th Congress, which will run through the end of December. The list of legislative priorities far outweighs the six-week timeframe that Members of Congress have to address those issues. The timeframe offers less than 20 possible legislative days working 4 day weeks each week, except Thanksgiving and Christmas week.

To read Government Affairs Director Donna Crews' entire piece about the important issues in this lame duck session, visit: http://blog.aidsunited.org/2012/11/so-many-issues-so-little-time-for-lame-duck-session/

AU's Top 10 Election Results (A Tongue-in-Cheek Response Based on Ripping off a Popular Television Host)

10. Both Republicans and Democrats can all start speculating now about who will run for President in 2016.

9. The House – Status quo even with many still undecided seats. What does that mean? Gridlock!

8. Florida – too close to call and still counting. (Again!) So Ohio gets to seal the deal.

7. The two final Senate seats to be called in Montana and North Dakota means two Democratic gains in the Senate even though they were defending 23 seats to 10. The Tea party may want to reread their leaves.

6. Washington and Colorado legalize marijuana and Massachusetts will allow doctors to recommend it for medicinal use – this is an important issue for many People Living with HIV/AIDS.

5. Same Sex Marriage Sweep! Maryland, Maine and Washington all supported same sex marriage ballot amendments. Minnesota beats back anti-same sex marriage amendment. Good news for HIV-positive partners in marriages!

4. Statehouses and Governors – really important for advancing the health exchanges and Medicaid in the States – 30 Republican governors and every Statehouse in the South goes Republican – AIDS United’s Regional Organizers are gonna have to work really hard!!

3. Five Words – Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) is a Senator. Four more words – So is Elizabeth Warren (D-MA). Will one of the new Senators emerge as a new HIV champion?

2. No more campaign ads for at least a year!!

And the number one result is …

1. President Barack Obama is reelected – Health Care Reform is cemented into law.

Announcements

World AIDS Day is Approaching!

December 1, World AIDS Day, is quickly approaching! This year, a number of our AIDS United staff members will be speaking at the 3rd International Conference on HIV Stigma on Friday, November 30, 2012 at Howard University here in Washington, D.C.

This free, open to the public, all-day conference will feature notable HIV/AIDS scientists and clinicians such as Dr. Sohail Rana, a professor of pediatrics at the Howard University College of Medicine; and Nick DeLuca, Ph.D, the Prevention Communication Branch Chief in the Department of HIV/AIDS Prevention for the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Others speakers include Jeanne White Ginder, AIDS activist and mother of Ryan White; Dr. Gregory Pappas, director of the office of HIV/AIDS for the District of Columbia; Charles Stephens, regional organizer for AIDS United; Daniel Montoya, deputy executive director for the National Minority AIDS Council; Priscilla Reddy, Ph.D., unit director of Health Promotion Research and Development Unit for the Medical Research Council in Cape Town, South Africa; Maria Alvarez, lead public health advisor for the CDC; Wardah M. Rajab-Gyagenda, Ph.D., director of research for the Publications and Innovations Islamic University in Uganda, and Dr. Chinkholal Thangsing, of the Touch of Hope Foundation in Gurgaon, India.

Workshop panels include “Youth,” “Faith Based Ministries – Challenges and Lessons Learned,” “Stigma in Immigrant Populations: African and Latino Perspectives,” and “Designing Peer Driven Disclosure Focused Intervention as a Means for Addressing and Reducing HIV Related Stigma”.

Despite significant advances in treatment, HIV continues to spread unabated in the US and globally with little, if any, change in the rate of new infections. Stigma is a major barrier to HIV prevention and treatment that has not been addressed. Each year, the conference focuses on ways to combat the stigma associated with HIV.

You can register to attend the conference here: https://secure.www.alumniconnections.com/olc/pub/HWD/event/showEventForm.jsp?form_id=130625

If you’re unable to attend, you can watch a live-streaming of the event here: http://www.whocanyoutell.org/


Ryan White Working Group Meeting, November 30, 2012

The Ryan White Work Group of the Federal AIDS Policy Partnership (FAPP) has scheduled an in-person meeting for Friday, November 30th following the HRSA All Grantees Meeting in Washington, DC (exact building and room still being decided). The Work Group is tasked with creating a “community agreement” that can be used as the basis for any Ryan White Program reauthorization legislation. The meeting will also create a strategy for advocating for next steps for the Ryan White Program with Congress and other partners.

Please RSVP to Melissa Donze, AIDS United’s Zamora Fellow at zfellows1@aidsunited.org. Please let the Work Group know ASAP about your attendance as they require an accurate count to determine how large a space they need and to order food and other materials. For additional questions regarding the meeting or the process please contact the Ryan White Work Group co-chairs, Ann Lefert from NASTAD (alefert@nastad.org, 202-434-8044) or Bill McColl from AIDS United ( wmccoll@aidsunited.org, 202-408-4848 x247).


Upcoming Webinar: Moving Forward With Health Care Reform and Exchange Implementation: Where Will States Be After the Elections?

The 2012 elections could determine the future of health care reform in the United States. Post-election, people with HIV, service providers, and advocates will need to act swiftly to redouble implementation efforts or defend reform.

First, this webinar – hosted by HIV Health Reform and featuring two leading national health policy experts and advocates – will give you a general overview of the impact of the election on health care reform implementation or potential defense.

Second, it will focus more specifically on Exchange implementation: where states are in creating exchanges, where implementation decisions and advocacy efforts are still needed, and what may happen going forward in a post-election context. Speakers include Dr. Timothy Jost, Washington and Lee University School of Law and Dave Chandra, Center on Budget and Policy Priorities.

Join HIV Health Reform to learn what the election may mean for health reform and the exchanges, and how you can mobilize to move forward.

The webinar will take place on Tuesday, November 13 at 12:30 p.m. PT, 1:30 p.m. MT, 2:30 p.m. CT and 3:30 p.m. ET. (Please note the correct time for your time zone!)

This webinar is one in a series sponsored by www.HIVHealthReform.org. Click here to register: https://www3.gotomeeting.com/register/537150470


Sign on with HIV Health Reform: State Advocates Letter to HHS on Federally-Facilitated and Partnership Exchanges

Now that the elections are over, it's full speed ahead on Affordable Care Act implementation.

That’s why HIV Health Reform is urging your organization to read and sign on to this letter from some of the nation’s top health care advocates about consumer fairness in health insurance exchanges. It touches on issues that are critical for vulnerable populations, including people with HIV and chronic diseases.

The deadline to sign on is Monday, November 12, so don’t delay!

As advocates in states that are likely to have a partnership or federally facilitated exchange (FFE) in 2014, it is critical for us to influence the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) as they make further decisions on exchanges.

To inform that process, HIV Health Reform has compiled recommendations for implementation of consumer-friendly partnership and federally facilitated exchanges to provide quality, affordable coverage to consumers and small businesses.

It is critical for state and national advocates to weigh in on these issues before the deadline for states to submit their Exchange blueprints in mid-November. Please join this effort by signing on to this letter, and please also request that your allies and member organizations sign on as well. If you have any questions, please contact cmcandrew@familiesusa.org.

Click here to sign on to the letter by close of business Monday, November 12, 2012: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/viewform?formkey=dFM0OS00NFlBbnFudy1VTlh5ak5tOXc6MQ#gid=0

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