Sunday, 3 December 2017

Trumps tax plan predicted to fuel a new HIV epidemic in US

Unlike here in New South Wales where HIV medication is free along with the ease of access to medical services, it's not so in the US. Already participation rates in taking HIV meds are just terrible, pretty much because of cost. Now Trump is wanting a new tax plan of his which will decimate services for HIV+ people. Far out, what a fuckwit.
“For transgender people living with HIV in particular, this bill could mean the loss of life-saving treatment and fuel an epidemic that the U.S. government has ostensibly pledged to end,” Kris Hayashi, the executive director of Transgender Law Center said in a statement. 

Already, only about half of low-income people living with HIV are receiving the HIV drugs they need because of cost, and eliminating the individual mandate would only increase this. Without insurance, HIV medication can cost up to $20,000 a year. 

Further, a new study by the Center for American Progress found that 15 percent of LGBT Americans are uninsured in 2017, twice the national rate. 

 “Not only that,” Stoll said, “but LGBT people are more likely to be middle to low end earners, and this bill is just going to be a disaster for them.” 

LGBT people disproportionately struggle with poverty—20 percent of LGBT people have annual incomes less than $12,000, compared to 17 people of non-LGBT people. Transgender people are four times more likely to have incomes under $10,000 per year, despite having higher rates of education. Towleroad  

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