The HIV Economic Empowerment Campaign

| May 1, 2014 | 1 Comment
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Join the HIV Prevention Justice Alliance (HIV PJA), National Working Positive Coalition (NWPC) and Positive Women’s Network – USA (PWN–USA) in a campaign for economic empowerment by and for people living with HIV.

With your help, we will change the conversation – and the policies – of the HIV community from poverty to income, and from economic instability to security and independence.

Take Action and Join Us!


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Simply put: Every person living with HIV (and those who may work with them) will be equipped and supported to make well-informed decisions about employment, benefits and economic opportunities, through information, training, education, counseling, benefit planning, and the coordinated use of these resources.

We need a strong and coordinated effort, building on what was promised in the National HIV/AIDS Strategy.

We encourage Douglas Brooks, the Director of the White House Office of National AIDS Policy (ONAP), to take immediate action to:

  • Follow through on the commitments of the employment-related promises of the National HIV/AIDS Strategy, which calls for expanding employment opportunities for people living with HIV (PLHIV) and for collaboration, coordination and partnerships across federal agencies, and
  • Launch a Federal Interagency Task Force on HIV/AIDS and Employment

When do we want it?

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Now! In a time of a weak economy, long-term changes in the job market and shifts in public benefits, it becomes even more essential that people living with HIV have accurate and useful information on employment, benefits and economic opportunities.

Before implementation of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), thousands of people with HIV had to keep their income very low to not risk getting kicked off public programs that covered the costs of expensive HIV treatment and care.

Now, many more people are eligible for expanded Medicaid programs or to purchase insurance through the state or federal exchanges. In addition, the ACA makes it illegal to turn down anyone from insurance coverage due to pre-existing conditions, meaning that more people with HIV can access commercial insurance (including plans subsidized under ACA).


 

What Can You Do? Take Action!

  1. Get our two new infographic by clicking here and here, read our campaign summary here, and then join us by filling out the form below!
  2. Share your story on why economic empowerment is important to you! Email Suraj Madoori at smadoori@aidschicago.org

3. Sign on to the HIV Economic Empowerment Campaign NOW: 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • Hemi 73

    I am diagnosed with HIV for over 12 years now.I want to be a part of this.Because I can relate to a lot of this information.And want to help others that are in need like myself.Plus my experience on having HIV can help others to understand it more.