March 25, 2011

March 25, 2011
One Year Anniversary of the Affordable Care Act

Welcome to another day in my life. Today is Friday and I hope you are having a safe and great week so far. We have almost made it through another work week.

It has been a very long week for Dab the AIDS Bear and me. This week we started off by celebrating the bear's 30th birthday on Monday. We have had events every single days while I have also been fighting either a very bad cold or the flu.

This week was also the one year anniversary of the Affordable Care Act. We mark the one year anniversary of President Obama's signing of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) by reminding Congressional leaders of the critical impact of health care reform on advancing the goals of the National HIV/AIDS Strategy (NHAS).

Providing the uninsured with affordable health care is integral to achieving the NHAS's goals of reducing HIV incidence, increasing access to care, optimizing health outcomes , and reducing HIV related health disparities.

Through our daily work delivering HIV training, education, and capacity building assistance to primary care providers and HIV specialists working in community health centers and serving racial and ethnic minority communities, we see the urgent need for enhanced knowledge in the HIV workforce, and increased capacity in primary care settings, as we scale up to deliver quality HIV prevention, care, and treatment to the newly insured.

It is also poignant that the ACA anniversary comes on the same day of Elizabeth Taylor's passing. In leaving us today, she reminds us of the passion, conviction, and integrity which she shared so openly with people affected by HIV. Her voice will be missed, but her legacy will not soon be forgotten.

So what can you do to help? You can stay abreast of the upcoming resolutions to either change or get rid of the Affordable Care Act and contact your state and national elected representatives. While some tweaking would improve the act, we can not allow bipartisanship to eliminate the affordability of health care for all Americans.

Stay tuned for future news and calls to action to help ensure these rights for all Americans.

I hope you have a safe and great weekend. It will be another busy one for Dab the AIDS Bear and me.

Until we meet again; here's wishing you health, hope, happiness and just enough.

big bear hug,

Daddy Dab