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June 29, 2017

Join Amida Care in Supporting the “Medicaid is US” Campaign

This week, The Association for Community Affiliated Plans (ACAP) launched “Medicaid is US” to urge Congress to reject legislation that cuts Medicaid, which serves as the backbone of health coverage for more than 74 million Americans.

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June 29, 2017

Amida Care President and CEO Doug Wirth Serves on AIDS United Panel on AIDS Service Organizations

On June 28, Amida Care President and CEO Doug Wirth served as a panelist for the AIDS United Public Policy Committee at the National Press Club in Washington, DC.

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June 26, 2017

Amida Care Proudly Participates in NYC LGBTQ Pride March

Amida Care was a proud participant in the 48th annual NYC Pride March in Manhattan on June 25th.

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June 19, 2017

Join Amida Care & WNET for a Twitter Chat on #LGBTQIdentity!

In honor of Pride Month in NYC, Amida Care and New York Public Media WNET’s Education Department are hosting a Twitter Chat on #LGBTQIdentity

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June 15, 2017

Join Amida Care in the Campaign to #ProtectAmericasHealth and Preserve Our Safety Net Programs

The American Health Care Act (AHCA) and President Trump’s 2018 budget proposal would rip apart Medicaid with devastating cuts of at least $835 billion and take health care away from 23 million Americans.

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June 15, 2017

Amida Care Presents Free Community Fitness Class in Brooklyn with Support from NYC Council Member Robert E. Cornegy, Jr.

On June 14, not-for-profit New York community health plan Amida Care and Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration Corporation presented a community fitness class, a “Live Your Life” wellness event.

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June 12, 2017

Amida Care Presents Free Community Zumba Class in Brooklyn with Support from NYC Council Member Laurie A. Cumbo

On June 10, with support from Brooklyn Council Member Laurie A. Cumbo, not-for-profit New York community health plan Amida Care presented “It’s Time to Zumba,” a community “Live Your Life” wellness event at Ebbets Field Apartments in Brooklyn.

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Sexual Health and Pleasure - Special Issue
June 8, 2017

Sexual Health and Pleasure – Special Issue of Amida Care View Community Magazine

Check out “Sexual Health and Pleasure,” the new special issue of the Amida Care View magazine. Learn about PrEP, PEP, Undetectable = Untransmissible, Trans* Sex, and more this LGBT Pride Month.

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May 26, 2017

Amida Care Presents Community Dance Event in Brooklyn with Support from NYC Council Member Robert E. Cornegy, Jr.

On May 25, with support from Brooklyn Council Member Robert E. Cornegy, Jr., not-for-profit New York community health plan Amida Care presented “African Music and Dance,” a free community “Live Your Life” wellness event at Restoration Plaza in Brooklyn.

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May 11, 2017

Cherie Raymond of Amida Care Named ACAP 2017 Making a Difference Award Honorable Mention Winner for Transgender Health Care Coordination

The Association for Community Affiliated Plans (ACAP) named Ms. Cherie Raymond, RN and Manager of Medicaid Clinical Services at Amida Care, a 2017 Making a Difference Award Honorable Mention winner. The award recognizes employees who exceed the norm in service related to advocacy, care, access, and the public good for Medicaid and other safety net health programs and on behalf of the vulnerable populations that these programs serve.

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April 5, 2017

Check out the Spring issue of The Amida Care View!

In this issue: Money and savings, Live Your Life Events, Places to visit this spring, Naloxone and much more.<br>Download your copy here.

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March 29, 2017

Members: Join Amida Care RHIOs

RHIOs are Regional Healthcare Information Organizations that protect the confidentiality of your health care data while also safely sharing it with your doctor and specialists.

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March 28, 2017

Amida Care’s Former CEO, Chuck Lief, Gives a TEDx Talk

Amida Care’s former CEO, Chuck Lief, gives a TEDxNYU Talk, “The Story of Amida Care.”

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March 27, 2017

Amida Care Presents Community Dance Event in the Bronx with Support from NYC Council Member Ritchie Torres

On March 25, with support from Bronx Council Member Ritchie Torres, not-for-profit New York community health plan Amida Care presented “Movement with Rhythm,” a free community “Live Your Life” wellness event at Grand Slam Banquet Hall in the Bronx.

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February 23, 2017

Amida Care and Advocates Rally to Prevent Devastating State Cuts to NYC Health, HIV, and STD Programs

Amida Care, members of the End AIDS NY 2020 Community Coalition, and health advocates rallied at Governor Andrew Cuomo’s NYC office today to demand that the Governor and Legislature restore $22 million in cuts to NYC public health programs in this year’s final New York State budget.

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February 16, 2017

Sima Toussi, MD, Pediatric HIV/AIDS Specialist, Joins Amida Care as Medical Director

New York, NY (February 16, 2017)—Amida Care, New York’s largest Medicaid Special Needs Health Plan (SNP) for people with chronic conditions such as HIV/AIDS, today announced that Dr. Sima Toussi, MD, has joined the organization as Medical Director.

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December 6, 2016

Marking World AIDS Day 2016, Amida Care and End AIDS 2020 Community Coalition Publish “Together We Can End AIDS in NYS by 2020”

In advance of World AIDS Day on December 1, 2016, Amida Care is publishing “Together We Can End AIDS in NYS by 2020,” a special edition of The Amida Care View magazine produced in collaboration with members of the End AIDS 2020 Community Coalition.

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December 5, 2016

Amida Care Spearheads New NYC Innovator Accountable Care Organization

New York, NY (December 5, 2016) –Amida Care, New York’s largest Medicaid Special Needs health Plan (SNP) for people with chronic conditions including HIV/AIDS and behavioral health disorders, is developing a provider-led Innovator Accountable Care Organization (IACO) pilot focused on utilizing Medicaid Redesign to prevent new HIV infections and improve health outcomes for people living with HIV/AIDS in New York City.

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Stonewall Community Foundation
December 1, 2016

The Amida Care Fund at Stonewall Community Foundation Announces 2016 Grant Awards for HIV/AIDS Initiatives at NYC Community Organizations

On December 1, the Amida Care Fund at Stonewall Community Foundation announced that it has awarded new grants for innovative HIV prevention and services to several of its current grantees, to help them continue their important work in the communities they serve.

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November 1, 2016

Update: Hepatitis C in NYC and the Need for Expanded Access to Treatment

The New York City Department of Health recently released a report on Hepatitis B and C in New York City, including an annual 2015 report of Hepatitis C virus (HCV) rates. HCV is a blood-borne virus that can cause chronic liver disease, serious liver damage, and liver failure. The report shows that new cases of HCV in NYC have declined 4.7 percent from 2014 and also demonstrates the continued need for state spending on drugs that cure the virus.

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Dance to the Rhythm
October 17, 2016

Amida Care Presents Community Dance Event in the Bronx with Support from NYC Council Member Ritchie Torres

New York, NY (October 17, 2016)—On October 15, with support from Bronx Council Member Ritchie Torres, not-for profit New York community health plan Amida Care presented “Dance to the Rhythm,” a free community “Live Your Life” wellness event at Webster Police Athletic League in the Bronx.

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October 6, 2016

NY City Council Funds Amida Care’s Consumer Workforce Initiative

New York, NY (October 6, 2016) – The New York City Council has allocated $200,000 under the End the Epidemic budget to fund Amida Care’s Consumer Workforce Initiative program. Amida Care, New York’s largest Medicaid special needs health plan (SNP) for people with chronic conditions such as HIV/AIDS, is launching the new initiative to create living-wage jobs for graduates of peer workforce training programs.

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Coalition for the Homeless
September 28, 2016

Amida Care Partners with Coalition for the Homeless to Bring Supplies to New Yorkers in Need

With winter around the corner, on September 28 Amida Care donated hundreds of gloves, fleece hats, water bottles, canvas bags, antibacterial wipes, and other items to the Coalition for the Homeless, the nation’s oldest advocacy and direct service organization helping the homeless.

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July 30, 2016

National HIV/AIDS Strategy & Clinton AIDS Platform Updates: Looking Ahead

The White House’s Office of National AIDS Policy (ONAP) recently announced an update on the United States’ response to the domestic HIV/AIDS epidemic. The new Indicator Supplement demonstrates that significant progress has been made since the National HIV/AIDS Strategy (NHAS) was released six years ago, but more work needs to be done to end HIV/AIDS as an epidemic in the U.S.

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July 13, 2016

Governor Cuomo Announces Key Milestones Achieved Towards Ending the AIDS Epidemic in New York State by 2020: Where We Go from Here

On July 13, New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo announced that New York State is on track to End the AIDS Epidemic (EtE) and reduce the number of new HIV infections from 3,000 per year to fewer than 750 by the end of 2020, according to the latest data released by the New York State Department of Health.

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Pride Fest 2016
June 20, 2016

Pride Center of Staten Island Announces Amida Care as the Official Presenting Sponsor for Staten Island PrideFest 2016

The Pride Center of Staten Island is partnering with Amida Care to present PrideFest 2016. PrideFest is held each summer in commemoration of National Pride Month.

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June 1, 2016

Amida Care Presents Community Wellness Art Event in Brooklyn with Support from NYC Council Member Robert Cornegy, Jr.

Amida Care Brings Therapeutic Art Workshop, “The Beauty of Art Within You,” to Brooklyn.

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May 15, 2016

Amida Care Proudly Participates in AIDS Walk New York

Amida Care was a proud participant in the 31st annual AIDS Walk New York in Central Park on May 15. The 10-kilomenter fundraising walk raised over $4.5 million this year to benefit Gay Men’s Health Crisis (GMHC) and more than 40 tristate area AIDS service organizations.

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AIDS Epidemic
March 29, 2016

Fund end of AIDS epidemic

By Doug Wirth, President and CEO and Dr. Jerry Ernst, Chief Medical Officer of Amida Care Commentary originally published in the Albany Times Union on March 29, 2016.

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March 21, 2016

Amida Care and ASCNYC Members Celebrate Graduation From Workforce Initiative Network Program in Peer Education and Health Outreach

On March 21, members of the latest class of Amida Care’s Workforce Initiative Network and the AIDS Service Center of New York City’s Peer Training Institute’s collaborative program gathered at the AIDS Service Center of New York City in midtown to celebrate their graduation from the program.

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Legislative Day 2
March 9, 2016

Amida Care Joins New York State HIV/AIDS Legislative Awareness Day in Albany

Hundreds of New Yorkers Call on Elected Officials for Additional “End the AIDS Epidemic” Funding for a Healthier New York.

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March 3, 2016

Gay City News Honors Amida Care CEO with LGBT Impact Award

Doug Wirth, President and CEO of Amida Care, New York’s largest Medicaid special needs health plan (SNP), was among those honored with an inaugural LGBT Community Impact Award from the Gay City News at a ceremony on March 3 in Brooklyn.

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ACAP Leadership in Advocacy Award
February 1, 2016

Charles King of Housing Works Recognized with ACAP Leadership in Advocacy Award: Nominated by Amida Care

The Association for Community Affiliated Plans (ACAP) today named Charles King, President and Chief Executive Officer of Housing Works, Inc., the winner of its 2015 Leadership in Advocacy Award.

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February 1, 2016

Amida Care Represented at Gasparilla Pirate Festival in Tampa

Fun and fundraising went hand-in-hand recently, when Amida Care was represented at this year’s Gasparilla Pirate Festival, an annual celebration held in the city of Tampa, Fla.

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January 27, 2016

With Support from Council Member Ritchie Torres, Amida Care Presents Bronx Latin Dance Class for Fitness and Healthy Living

On January 27, with support from Bronx Council Member Ritchie Torres, Amida Care presented “Movimiento con Ritmo/ Movement with Rhythm,” a free community “Live Your Life” wellness event for Bronx residents that featured Latin dance to inspire fitness and healthy living.

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January 1, 2016

Special Needs Health Plans Added to the New York State of Health Marketplace

Beginning on January 15, eligible health care consumers will have the ability to select and enroll in a Special Needs Health Plan (SNP) through the New York State of Health (NYSoH) Marketplace, for the first time since the NYSoH was established in 2012.

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December 8, 2015

Annual Event Raises Record Amount to Fund Amida Care’s Live Your Life Program and Amida Care Fund Grant Awards

Event Raises $170K for Live Your Life Wellness Programs for Amida Care Members and to Fund Cutting Edge HIV Prevention and Retention in Care Work to End the AIDS Epidemic.

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World AIDS Day
November 30, 2015

Driving the Conversation Around PrEP: Amida Care, Callen-Lorde, and The LGBT Community Center Host World AIDS Day Event and Webinar

Event Featured Debut of Callen-Lorde’s “PrEP 101” Video Series, Highlighting the Role of PrEP in the Fight Against HIV/AIDS.

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November 1, 2015

Amida Care Applauds Governor Andrew Cuomo for Visionary Stewardship Toward a Healthier New York and Pragmatic Leadership to End the AIDS Epidemic

On World AIDS Day 2015, Governor Cuomo Proposes $200M in Additional State Funding for End the AIDS Epidemic Initiative; Mayor de Blasio and City Council Also Commit to HIV Prevention Funds.

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October 23, 2015

Amida Care Joins Campaign 4 NY/NY Housing for a Healthier New York

City and State Officials Speak at Forum for New Supportive Housing Agreement.

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October 22, 2015

Amida Care Supports Anti-discrimination Regulations to Protect Transgender New Yorkers

On October 22, Governor Andrew Cuomo introduced regulations to protect transgender New Yorkers from discrimination, making New York the first U.S. state to issue state-wide regulations prohibiting discrimination on the basis of gender identity.

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October 19, 2015

Services & Advocacy for Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, & Transgender Elders (SAGE) Celebrates 20th Anniversary

Services & Advocacy for Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, & Transgender Elders (SAGE) held its 20th Annual Awards Gala on October 19 at Gotham Hall.

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October 16, 2015

Congratulations to Amida Care Sponsor Brightpoint Health on Its 25th Anniversary

Amida Care congratulates Brightpoint Health on 25 years of contributions to community health in New York.

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October 15, 2015

Amida Care CEO Honored With Health Care Leadership Award From Acacia Network

Doug Wirth, President and CEO of Amida Care , New York’s largest Medicaid Special Needs Health Plan (SNP), received the Health Care Leadership Award from the Acacia Network, Inc. at its 45th Annual Gala on October 15 in midtown Manhattan.

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October 15, 2015

Amida Care and Latino Commission on AIDS Kick-Off National Latino AIDS Awareness Day at City Hall

Amida Care, New York’s largest Special Needs Health Plan, joined the Latino Commission on AIDS and other community partners at City Hall to raise awareness of HIV prevention among Latinos in the U.S. and kick-off activities for National Latino AIDS Awareness Day October 15.

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October 1, 2015

Amida Care Expands Behavioral Health Benefits for Members

Comprehensive Mental Health and Substance Use Coverage Bolstered by New York State’s Medicaid Redesign.

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September 29, 2015

Amida Care Honored at American Liver Foundation Gala

Amida Care, New York’s largest Medicaid Special Needs Health Plan (SNP), received the Spirit of New York award at the American Liver Foundation Greater New York Division’s 15th Annual Honors Gala on September 29 at Gotham Hall.

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September 25, 2015

NYC Council Speaker’s Staff Joins Amida Care “Live Your Life” Harlem Wellness Event

Joey Pressley, Deputy Chief of Staff of Member Services to New York Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito, visited Amida Care’s “Artist In You” event held on September 23 at Harlem United’s El Faro Adult Day Health Center in East Harlem.

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September 24, 2015

From Blueprint to Action: NYS Department of Health Holds Regional Discussions in New York City on Ending the AIDS Epidemic

Regional discussions hosted by the New York State Department of Health AIDS Institute are underway to gather community input about how best to implement Governor Cuomo’s Blueprint to End the AIDS Epidemic in New York State by 2020.

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September 13, 2015

Amida Care’s Takeaways: U.S. Conference on AIDS 2015

Conference Examines National HIV/AIDS Strategy Update.

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July 30, 2015

White House Announces Release of Updated National HIV/AIDS Strategy

Amida Care applauds President Obama and Douglas Brooks, director of the White House Office of National AIDS Policy (ONAP), for their leadership in developing and advancing the updated National HIV/AIDS Strategy, released on July 30.

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July 20, 2015

Amida Care Marks 50th Anniversary of Medicaid and Medicare

Amida Care, New York State’s largest Medicaid special needs health plan joins all Americans in celebrating the first 50 years of Medicaid, a joint federal-state health insurance program for the poor that was signed into law in July 1965 as a crucial piece of President Lyndon Johnson’s “Great Society” legislation.

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July 8, 2015

Blueprint to Action: Amida Care Participates in End of Aids Epidemic Conference

Community leaders, policy makers, health care providers, and consumers came together on July 8 for a conference, “Ending AIDS 2020: Blueprint to Action,” to discuss ways to advance the recommendations outlined in New York State’s Blueprint to End the AIDS Epidemic.

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July 6, 2015

Amida Care Sponsors First-ever Staten Island Yankees Pride Night

Amida Care was proud to sponsor Staten Island Yankees Pride Night at the Richmond County Ballpark on Monday, July 6.

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June 25, 2015

U.S. Supreme Court Upholds ACA Federal Health Care Subsidies – Affirms Protection of Affordable Health Insurance for Millions of Americans

On Thursday, June 25, the Supreme Court ruled 6-to-3 in King v. Burwell, assuring the constitutionality of federal tax subsidies for low and middle income Americans to purchase health insurance through exchanges in states that are run by the federal government via healthcare.gov.

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June 24, 2015

Amida Care Applauds Mayor Bill De Blasio for Establishing Commission on Gender Equity

On Wednesday, June 24, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced the creation of New York City’s Commission on Gender Equity to achieve economic mobility and social inclusion for all New Yorkers, regardless of sex, gender, or sexual orientation.

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June 20, 2015

The Amida Care Fund at Stonewall Community Foundation Awards Inaugural Grants for HIV/AIDS Initiatives at NYC Community Organizations

Amida Care is proud to announce that the Amida Care Fund at Stonewall Community Foundation has awarded its inaugural round of grants to BOOM!Health, HEAT, Pride for Youth, and Translatina Network. These grant recipients were selected because of their outstanding work to address HIV/AIDS in LGBTQ communities throughout New York City.

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June 19, 2015

Community Organizations and Civic Leaders Rally at City Hall for $10m in NYC HIC/AIDS Funding to End the Epidemic

New York, NY (June 19, 2015) – Well over 100 HIV/AIDS activists, community leaders, and elected officials gathered outside City Hall yesterday to call for New York City to allocate $10 million for local HIV prevention and treatment programs that will advance New York State’s Blueprint to End the AIDS Epidemic by 2020.

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June 17, 2015

Amida Care Applauds Dohmh and NYC Council Member Corey Johnson for Plan to Continue HIV and STD Services During Chelsea Clinic Renovation

New York, NY (June 17, 2015) – The New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH) and New York City Council Health Committee Chair Corey Johnson have announced a plan to continue to offer low and no-cost HIV and STD testing and other health services while the Health Department’s Chelsea Clinic in Manhattan is closed for renovations.

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June 2, 2015

NY City Council Celebrates LGBT Pride

The New York City Council kicked off LGBT Pride Month on June 2 by hosting a celebration in Council Chambers at City Hall. New York City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito and members of the Council LGBT Caucus honored several community leaders and organizations for their work to advance LGBT issues.

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April 29, 2015

Governor Cuomo Releases Blueprint to End Aids Epidemic in New York by 2020

New York, NY (April 29, 2015) – Today, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo affirmed his pledge to End the AIDS epidemic in New York State by 2020 with the release of a groundbreaking Blueprint advanced by the Ending the Epidemic (EtE) Task Force.

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April 23, 2015

NYC Council Member Daniel Dromm and Speaker Staff Participate in Amida Care “Live Your Life” Wellness Event

New York, NY (Thursday, April 23, 2015) – New York City Council Member Daniel Dromm and Joey Pressley , Deputy Chief of Staff of Member Services to Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito , visited Amida Care’s “Medicine Necklace” event held on April 15 at the Community United Methodist Church in Jackson Heights, Queens.

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AmidaCare Night of Stars Event
April 21, 2015

Amida Care Celebration Honors the Aids Institute and Enlists Support for Ny State’s Blueprint to End the HIV/AIDS Epidemic

New York, NY (April 21, 2015) – Amida Care, a not-for-profit special needs health plan (SNP) that provides comprehensive medical, behavioral, and wellness services to people living with multiple chronic conditions such as HIV, severe mental illness, and substance use disorder, recognized its providers, sponsors, and members and honored the New York State AIDS Institute at “A Night of Stars” gala on April 16 that also rallied commitment to New York’s statewide initiative to End the HIV/AIDS Epidemic by 2020.

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February 1, 2015

New Research Findings Reveal Health Benefits of Targeted Case Management for People Living With HIV

Joint Study by Amida Care and ACRIA Cites Significantly Improved Immune Response.

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January 30, 2015

Amida Care Applauds NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio’s Budget to Expand HASA, Calls on NYS Governor Andrew Cuomo for Additional ‘End the AIDS Epidemic’ Funding for a Healthier New York

Amida Care applauds Mayor Bill de Blasio’s proposal of $26.2 million in his preliminary budget to expand HASA services and rental assistance to 7,300 New Yorkers as part of the city’s commitment to Ending the AIDS Epidemic (EtE) and expanding on its share to fund HASA for All. Amida Care asks Governor Andrew Cuomo to match the city’s commitment by allocating $33 million in state funding, plus $17 million for statewide access.

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December 7, 2014

Amida Care Participates in End of Aids Roundtable Discussion on Wabc’s Long Island Viewpoint

On Sunday, December 7, 2014, an episode of WABC’s Long Island Viewpoint aired featuring a round-table discussion on Governor Cuomo’s Task Force to End AIDS as an epidemic in New York State by 2020.

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October 14, 2014

Governor Cuomo Announces Taskforce to End Aids

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced the creation of a Task Force to End AIDS and Names Doug Wirth, President/CEO of Amida Care as a Member.

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June 29, 2014

Amida Care Commends Governor Cuomo’s Plan to End Aids in New York

On June 29, 2014, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced a three-point plan to end the AIDS epidemic in New York State by 2020.

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June 10, 2014

City Council Speaker Staff Experience Amida Care’s “Live Your Life” Wellness Events

On Tuesday, May 27, 2014, staff from The Office of New York City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito visited Amida Care’s “Food for Life” event held at Harlem United El Faro. On hand, were Joe Pressley, Deputy Chief of Staff, Member Services, and Jennie Berger, General Welfare, Health & Jewish Community Liaison.

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May 1, 2014

May is National Mental Health Awareness Month

Bringing more attention to our understanding of mental illness and the need to increase access to services, President Obama has declared May as National Mental Health Awareness Month.

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March 31, 2014

Amida Care Cheers Passage of Historic Excellence in Mental Health Act

Enactment will invest $900 Million in Community Behavioral Health Services.

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March 24, 2014

Amida Care Applauds the Appointment of Douglas M. Brooks, Msw, as Director of the White House Office of National Aids Policy

Amida Care welcomes Douglas M. Brooks as the new Director of the White House Office of National AIDS Policy (ONAP).

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February 17, 2014

PCDC Named as “High-Impact HIV Prevention” in healthcare awardee by cdc

Continues Push to Integrate and Strengthen HIV Prevention with Medical Home and Chronic Care Model.

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February 14, 2014

Amida Care Applauds Long-Awaited 30% Rent Cap for Low-Income New Yorkers Living with HIV/AIDS; Urges Launch of Taskforce to End AIDS in New York

Governor Cuomo and Mayor de Blasio agree on affordable housing protection for low-income, permanently disabled New Yorkers with HIV/AIDS.

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April 1, 2010

“Continuing Quality Services to Members & Providers Under a New Name” Amida Care (formerly VidaCare)

Amida Care officially announces its name change (formerly VidaCare) – plus the Plan launches a NEW logo and website.

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