CALL-TO-ACTION FROM OUR FRIENDS AT AIDS UNITED
Despite expanded access to health insurance, increases in out-of-pocket expenses for some drugs—including HIV-related medications—are creating major barriers for some people living with HIV.
Many health insurance companies are moving life-saving medications into specialty pricing tiers. Drug pricing tiers are used to determine out-of-pocket costs paid by patients, ranging from generic, to name brand, to the highest tier of “specialty” medications. As drugs move into higher tiers-a greater out-of-pocket burden is placed on the backs of people that rely on the them.
Housing Works and our allies at AIDS United believe treatment is treatment, and people who need life-saving medications should not pay more out-of-pocket simply as …
Posted on October 23, 2014 at 6:06 pm
In September 2014, Housing Works VP of Research Ginny Shubert gave a presentation called “The Undetectables—Using Financial Incentives to Support Viral Load Suppression in a Community-Based Organization Providing Integrated Care,” at the third international summit “Controlling the HIV Epidemic with Antiretrovirals: Avoiding the Cost of Inaction,” convened in London by the International Association of Providers of AIDS Care (IAPAC). The summit series featured data related to and discussion about the implementation of combination prevention, including treatment as prevention (TasP) and pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP), and provides a forum for exploring HIV care and prevention continua optimization to achieve antiretroviral therapy’s maximum therapeutic and preventative effects. A similar presentation session on The Undetectables was given by Ginny Shubert, Housing Works President & Read More
Posted on October 22, 2014 at 11:51 am
At Housing Works Thrift Shops we’re big believers in celebrating. And with nearly 20 years working alongside the best fashion and interior insiders, we know you don’t have to spend an arm and a leg to make an impression, especially when it comes to the holidays. That’s why we’re hosting a series of sales dedicated to the art of entertaining. Stop by any Thrift Shop (except Buy the Bag) to stock up on sparkling new entertaining essentials and gifts for the next month. Beginning this Friday, October 24 get glassware–from champagne flutes to goblets–to start sipping. The following Friday, October 31, we’ve got you covered with linens including tablecloths and placemats. On Friday, November 7, set your table with the essentials like serving pieces …
Posted on October 21, 2014 at 4:02 pm
The chill in the air means it’s the perfect time to spend your evenings cozy in the beautiful Housing Works Bookstore Cafe, listening to some amazing folks talk about their work, sipping on your preferred warm-up drink, be it Brooklyn Lager or hot chocolate. Next week we’re excited to welcome back Longreads for a night of stories from Oklahoma-based This Land Press, and the return of Say It to My Face:, where writers confront the comments section (the terror! perfect for Halloween week). We will also be celebrating two amazing and unique new books, the story of 19th-century lesbian murder in memphis, and a book of texts from your favorite literary characters. Plus, podcast The Catapult IRL and our series DISH presents its …
Posted on October 21, 2014 at 2:03 pm
Last week, the New York State Governor’s Office convened a multi-stakeholder Ending the Epidemic Task Force whose primary mandate is to create a comprehensive implementation strategy for a plan to end AIDS as an epidemic in New York by 2020.
Any effective plan end AIDS as an epidemic in New York will depend on getting all New York residents informed and educated, tested, diagnosed, into care and retained in care and on effective treatment as early as possible. To do that, accessible resources need to target and reach everyone, especially those at risk, who tend to fall through the cracks in the existing care systems.
Toward that end, the AIDS Issues Update will be creating an ongoing series of posts offering …
Posted on October 20, 2014 at 3:11 pm
Troy, NY—On October 14, 2014, over 60 New York community members gathered in a hotel conference room to convene the first of five meetings of Governor Andrew Cuomo’s Ending the AIDS Epidemic Task Force. The multi-stakeholder group brings together AIDS/HIV stakeholders from across New York State, including medical provider, LGBT leaders, HIV advocates, and other community members and is charged with delivering a comprehensive plan to end the AIDS epidemic in New York by 2020 to DOH & the Governor’s Office by the end of January 2015. More details about the State Plan and the Ending the Epidemic Task Force can be found in previous AIDS Issues Update posts, such as this one on yesterday’s Task Force …
Posted on October 15, 2014 at 3:42 pm
Housing Works President & CEO Charles King (pictured here) and NY DOH Office of Public Health Deputy Commissioner Guthrie Birkhead have been appointed as Co-Chairs of the State Task Force to End the AIDS epidemic, which was announced today by NY Governor Andrew Cuomo.
Governor Cuomo Convenes Task Force to End AIDS by 2020
October 14, 2014—The Housing Works community commends Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Department of Health (NY DOH) for bringing the Governor’s previously announced plan to end AIDS as an epidemic in New York by 2020 a step closer to reality: Today, the Governor’s Office …
Posted on October 14, 2014 at 10:53 am
Shortly, we will be hearing from the NYS Department of Health and the Governor’s Office about what will be needed to implement and achieve the goals proposed in the Governor’s three-point plan to end AIDS as an epidemic in New York by 2020.
Any effective plan end AIDS as an epidemic in New York will depend on getting more people informed and educated, tested, diagnosed, into care and retained in care and on effective treatment as early as possible. To do that, accessible resources need to target and reach everyone, especially people who have traditionally fallen through the cracks in the current systems.
The New York HIV continuum of care (also called the HIV treatment cascade), an estimate of the …
Posted on October 10, 2014 at 3:28 pm