HIV Action Network

Federal Update: Affordable Care Act Ruling

Posted on June 29, 2012

A collective sigh of relief was heard at the Minnesota AIDS Project when the U.S. Supreme Court ruled today that the health law’s individual mandate survives as a tax. The decision, however, is complicated and the decision to limit Medicaid Expansion could reduce access to coverage for many people depending on whether or not their state opts in or out. Governor Mark Dayton has already stated his intention to opt in.

For now we are relieved that people at risk of HIV and those living with HIV may truly have better access to health care. We will continue to review the courts finding and report back on the implications for the HIV community.

Read more:

Supreme Court upholds Obama’s health care reforms
By Mark Sherman
Associated Press

The Supreme Court surprise: Medicaid ruling could reduce coverage
Posted by Sarah Kliff
Washington Post

Announcement: Amy Brugh Leaving Her Post at Minnesota AIDS Project

Posted on June 29, 2012

The Minnesota AIDS Project is saying goodbye to one heck of an advocate in the HIV community. Amy Brugh has resigned her position as external relations director; her last day will be Friday, July 6. Amy has been a champion of HIV advocacy and until recently was primarily tasked with leading MAP’s public policy efforts. Under Amy’s leadership MAP has made lasting relationships with elected officials, partner organizations, and the national HIV advocacy community.

Amy’s has left a significant mark on the HIV community – her passion, strategic thinking, and sense of humor will be missed. MAP along with the greater HIV advocacy community wish Amy nothing but the best and we will look forward to seeing where she lands next, no doubt it will be fighting the good fight for all Minnesotans.

Community Calendar: Red Ribbon Ride Beer Bust

Posted on June 29, 2012

Come join the members of Team MAP at the Saloon on Saturday, July 7 as they engage in their biggest fundraiser for the Red Ribbon Ride - a beer bust! The beer bust will run from 6 – 9 p.m.

Team MAP Beer Bust
Saturday, July 7
6 - 9 p.m.
$7 bottomless cup of beer

The Tenth Annual Red Ribbon Ride is July 19 - 22. This is a four day, nearly 300 mile bike ride that will start with an Opening Ceremony at 6:30am at the Mall of America East Rotunda on Thursday, July 19th, and end with a closing ceremony at the beautiful State Capitol in St. Paul, July 22nd at 1:30pm.

The dollars raised at the Red Ribbon Ride benefit eight incredible Minnesota AIDS service organizations.  They are: African American AIDS Task Force, The Aliveness Project, Clare Housing, Hope House of St. Croix Valley, Minnesota AIDS Project, Park House, One Heartland and Rural AIDS Action Network.  Learn more about the Red Ribbon Ride.

Announcement: RSVP for the 2012 Legislative Debrief on Tuesday, June 19

Posted on June 7, 2012

Do you want to delve deeper into what happened at the Capitol and find out how you can stay involved over the summer? Come to a Legislative Debrief on Tuesday, June 19 to hear about last session, the 2012 election, and the Voter ID and Marriage Amendment. Please RSVP to Pizza will be provided.

Legislative Debrief

Date: Tuesday, June 19
Time: 12 to 1 p.m.
Location: Minnesota AIDS Project – 1400 Park Avenue

Minnesota Update: Voter ID Moves to the Courts

Posted on June 7, 2012

The Minnesota Supreme Court is moving quickly to review the photo ID constitutional amendment, they are scheduled to hear arguments on July 17. At question is whether the photo ID constitutional amendment is “truthfully” stating the changes that would take place if the Amendment were to pass.

State Supreme Court moves quickly to hear photo ID challenge
Rachel E. Stassen-Berger
Star Tribune

Poll shows shift toward ‘no’ on gay-marriage ban, but is reversal real?
Beth Hawkins
*Includes polling numbers on photo ID

The Minnesota AIDS Project (MAP) has signed on to oppose the voter ID constitutional amendment. MAP believes that voting is a right and that protecting that right is essential to making sure that all people have access to the political process regardless of socio-economic status, housing status, or any other issue that would restrict someone from voting. Click here to read the MAP fact sheet on how Voter ID would affect the HIV community.

Federal Update: PACHA Releases Statement of Support for Comprehensive Sex Education

Posted on June 7, 2012

The President’s Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS (PACHA) has released a resolution in support of comprehensive sex education for youth. This is a huge step forward in the fight for effective HIV education and prevention for young people.

Excerpt from the Resolution
BE IT RESOLVED that the Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS requests that the federal government provide adequate resources to increase HIV prevention efforts with young people and that all federally-funded sex education programs be informed by the best scientific information available and aim to reduce unintended pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections, including HIV; promote safe and healthy relationships; and promote and uphold the rights of young people to have access to information in order to make healthy and responsible decisions about their sexual health.

Read the complete resolution

Vote: Are You Registered to Vote?

Posted on June 7, 2012

The 2012 election is coming up very quickly and there is no better time to register to vote than now. Have you moved lately or changed your name? Make sure to re-register so you can be a part of the political process and vote. Sharing your opinion on the importance of HIV education and services is an important step in shaping public policy here in Minnesota. Hold your elected officials accountable by casting your ballot and encourage them to remain committed to reducing the impact of HIV in the community. Find out more about how to register to vote.

2012 Election Information
• State Primary Election: August 14, 2012
• State General Election: November 6, 2012

In 2012, you will be voting on the following:
• U.S. President & V.P.
• U.S. Senator
• U.S. Representative
• State Senator
• State Representative
• County Commissioner
• City Officers
• School Board
• Township Officers
• Photo ID Constitutional Amendment (MAP is opposed to this amendment)
• Marriage Constitutional Amendment (MAP is opposed to this amendment)

Use the Office of the Minnesota Secretary of State to find out where your polling place is located.

Community Calendar: Health Reform Conversations

Posted on June 7, 2012

Citizen Solutions is an effort to engage Minnesotans in a conversation about what’s important to the future of health and health care in our state. Between April and July 2012, more than 2,000 Minnesotans will come together in more than 40 Citizen Solutions Conversations to share their concerns about and ideas for improving health care in the state.

The results will guide the policy proposals of the Minnesota Health Care Reform Task Force.

Check out the online calendar to find out when a health reform conversation is coming to your neck of the woods. Here is a list of upcoming meetings:

• June 13 Community Conversation: Saint Louis Park
• June 18 Community Conversation: Stillwater
• June 19 Community Conversation: St. Cloud

• June 20 Community Conversation: Grand Rapids

The Minnesota AIDS Project encourages people living with HIV, those at risk, and people who care about the HIV community to share their experience with our current healthcare system and what steps can be made to keep people healthy and connected to care.

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