Press Releases

June 24 2022

Amida Care Responds to Supreme Court Ruling in Dobbs v. Jackson

The Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade is horrifying and will have devastating consequences on the health and well-being of countless Americans. The decision in Dobbs v. Jackson represents one of the most damaging setbacks to human rights in our country’s history.

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May 6 2022

Amida Care Responds to Leaked Supreme Court Decision in Dobbs v. Jackson

The draft of the Dobbs v. Jackson opinion is dangerous and terrifying. This Supreme Court decision, overturning five decades of legal precedent established by Roe v. Wade, will have devastating consequences for the health of millions of Americans.

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April 21 2022

Amida Care Applauds Biden-Harris Administration for Plans to Rescind Trump-era HHS Rule That Allowed for Discrimination in Health Care

We applaud the Biden-Harris Administration for planning to rescind the bigoted ‘conscience rule,’ which if implemented would have given health care workers a license to discriminate against the LGBTQ community and withhold care based on homophobia, transphobia, and other forms of bias and discrimination.

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April 19 2022

Bronx Borough President Vanessa L. Gibson, Amida Care Recognize National Transgender HIV Testing Day at Destination Tomorrow in the Bronx

The event highlighted the health disparities faced by people of transgender experience in the Bronx, and encouraged Bronxites to get tested, and learn about HIV prevention and treatment.

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April 19 2022

Bronx Borough President Vanessa L. Gibson, Amida Care, Destination Tomorrow Hold Press Conference on National Transgender HIV Testing Day

On Monday, April 18 at 10:00am,  Bronx Borough President Vanessa L. Gibson and Amida Care, a not-for-profit New York community health plan, will be joined by advocates and health care providers on National Transgender HIV Testing Day for a press conference at Destination Tomorrow (2134 Barnes Avenue) in the Bronx.

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January 26 2022

Amida Care Celebrates Success of New York City’s Supervised Injection Sites

According to data released this week,114 overdoses have been reversed in less than two months in New York City, thanks to new supervised injection sites and their trained staff.

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January 7 2022

Amida Care Responds to Settlement Requiring NYC to Provide Separate Housing for TGNC People in Homeless Shelters

This historic agreement between the City of New York and Mariah Lopez of STARR will help to ensure that transgender and gender non-conforming New Yorkers who are experiencing homelessness are treated with dignity and respect in our city’s shelter system.

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January 6 2022

Amida Care Applauds Governor Hochul for Proposals to Address Health Equity and Strengthen Medicaid in State of the State Address

Amida Care applauds Governor Hochul for outlining several proposals that will advance health equity, strengthen Medicaid and support LGBTQ communities throughout New York State.

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December 30 2021

Amida Care Responds to Suicide of Trans Teen Haley Gabriella Feldmann, Calling for Access to Gender-Affirming Care

Our hearts go out to the family and friends of Haley Gabriella Feldmann and everyone grieving her loss. This tragedy underscores the discrimination people of transgender and gender non-conforming experience face at every turn – in education, employment, housing, health care and health insurance.

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December 9 2021

The Amida Care Fund at Stonewall Community Foundation Announces 2021 Grant Awards for HIV/AIDS Initiatives at NYC Community Organizations

The Amida Care Fund at Stonewall Community Foundation announced today that it has awarded a total of $20,000 in grant funding for innovative HIV prevention and services to five community-based organizations to help them continue their important work in the communities they serve.

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November 16 2021

New Report from George Washington University and Amida Care Details Importance of HIV Special Needs Plans in Improving Health Outcomes and Ending the HIV Epidemic

George Washington University Milken Institute School of Public Health, together with Amida Care, New York State’s largest not-for-profit Medicaid Special Needs Plan designed for New Yorkers affected by HIV, released a new report outlining the history of HIV Special Needs Plans (HIV-SNPs) in New York State.

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October 4 2021

Amida Care and NEW Pride Agenda Host Virtual Town Hall on HIV Prevention National Gay Men’s HIV/AIDS Awareness Day

On Wednesday, September 29, Amida Care, New York’s largest nonprofit Medicaid Special Needs Health Plan (SNP) designed for New Yorkers affected by HIV, co-hosted a town hall event with the NEW Pride Agenda, a nonprofit LGBTQ advocacy organization that works to promote LGBTQ rights in New York State, to discuss sexual health services and PrEP, with a focus on men who have sex with men (MSM) and particularly MSM of color.

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September 30 2021

Amida Care Celebrates Dr. Mary T. Bassett’s Appointment As Commissioner of New York State Department of Health

Amida Care congratulates Dr. Mary T. Bassett on her appointment as the new Commissioner for the New York State Department of Health. Governor Hochul has made an inspired choice in Dr. Bassett, who has a long and distinguished track record as both a leading public health expert and a dedicated public servant.

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September 24 2021

Amida Care Responds to Recent Actions Against Haitian Asylum Seekers at the Border

Let us join the many lawmakers as well as civil rights and immigrant advocates in denouncing the treatment of Haitian migrants attempting to cross the Rio Grande, who were violently charged by agents on horseback, as we’ve seen in disturbing images and videos.

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September 8 2021

Amida Care Responds to Report Highlighting Housing Insecurity in the LGBTQ Community

The recent report from the Williams Institute is deeply concerning on a number of levels. We have a looming housing crisis on our hands that disproportionately impacts less-resourced communities, including LGBTQ communities.

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August 24 2021

Amida Care Celebrates Appointment of Tori Cooper to the Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS

Ms. Cooper’s appointment – the first ever Black trans woman to serve on the Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS – is historic. If we are to end the HIV/AIDS epidemic in the United States, we need diversity and inclusion in leadership.

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July 2 2021

Amida Care Applauds New York City Budget for Prioritizing Trans Equity Programs and Initiatives to End the HIV Epidemic

Amida Care applauds New York City Council Speaker Corey Johnson, Council Finance Chair Daniel Dromm, Council Health Chair Mark Levine, and the entire New York City Council for passing a budget that prioritizes the health and well-being of LGBTQ communities–particularly transgender and gender non-conforming New Yorkers–and efforts to end the HIV epidemic in New York once and for all.

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June 30 2021

Amida Care and NEW Pride Agenda Host Town Hall on Trans Health and HIV Prevention in Queens

On Tuesday, June 29, Amida Care, New York’s largest nonprofit Medicaid Special Needs Health Plan (SNP) designed for New Yorkers affected by HIV, co-hosted a town hall event with the NEW Pride Agenda, a nonprofit LGBTQ advocacy organization that works to promote LGBTQ rights in New York State, to discuss gender-affirming health care, sexual health services including HIV prevention and PrEP, and support resources in Queens.

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June 25 2021

Amida Care Applauds Governor Cuomo for Signing the Gender Recognition Act into Law

Individuals of transgender and gender non-conforming experience face discrimination at every turn — in housing, employment, education, and in health care settings. Allowing transgender, non-binary, and intersex New Yorkers to select a gender that accurately reflects their identity is a critical step that will support them not only in living with dignity, but in accessing the health care they need to live healthy, authentic lives.

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June 25 2021

Amida Care Affirms the Continued Need for Access to Telehealth Services

Governor Cuomo has announced that New York’s disaster emergency designation will expire this week—and along with it, waivers expanding access to telehealth services may expire as well. In light of this news, Amida Care affirms the continued need for access to telehealth services in New York, especially among people who rely on telehealth for connection to HIV, sexual health, and behavioral health services.

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June 10 2021

Amida Care Condemns Hate-Fueled Attack on Transgender Man and His Wife in NYC Subway

Amida Care condemns the heinous and hateful attack on a transgender man and his wife in New York City this past week. Across the country, people of transgender experience are facing alarming acts of violence and hate crimes.

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May 20 2021

Amida Care Congratulates Kelsey Louie, CEO of GMHC, on His New Position as CEO of The Door

Kelsey Louie, who has served for the last seven years as Chief Executive Officer of GMHC, the world’s first HIV/AIDS service organization, recently announced that he has accepted a position as Chief Executive Officer of The Door, a New York City-based organization that provides comprehensive youth development services.

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May 11 2021

Amida Care Celebrates Biden-Harris Decision to Restore Protections for Transgender People in Health Care Settings

Amida Care applauds the Biden-Harris administration for extending protections to people of transgender experience so they can live healthy, authentic lives. After four long years of hateful and discriminatory policies under the previous administration that targeted the transgender community, today’s announcement is an important step toward advancing equity in our nation’s health care system.

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April 29 2021

Amida Care and NEW Pride Agenda Host “All About PrEP” Town Hall, With a Focus on HIV Prevention in Upper Manhattan and Among Youth

On Tuesday, April 27, Amida Care, New York’s largest nonprofit Medicaid Special Needs Health Plan (SNP) designed for New Yorkers affected by HIV, co-hosted a town hall event with the NEW Pride Agenda, a nonprofit LGBTQ advocacy organization that works to promote LGBTQ rights in New York State, to discuss pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP), which is proven to reduce the risk of getting HIV from sex by 99%.

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April 21 2021

The Work Must Continue after the Chauvin Verdict

We celebrate this important legal victory while acknowledging the loss suffered by the Floyd family and everyone who knew him. And we cannot forget the many other families of color who have lost loved ones to police violence.

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April 8 2021

Amida Care Celebrates Delay of Medicaid Pharmacy Carve-out in New York State Budget

Amida Care celebrates the two-year delay of the Medicaid pharmacy carve-out, which preserves our whole-person model of care. The proposed reform would have harmed millions of New Yorkers by changing how they access their prescription drugs.

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April 7 2021

Amida Care Condemns New Law in Arkansas Banning Physicians from Providing Gender-Affirming Care to People of Trans Experience Under the Age of 18

Denying a person medically necessary, gender-affirming care is unconscionable. This bigoted law passed by the Arkansas General Assembly will have devastating consequences for the lives of young people of trans experience throughout the state.

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March 29 2021

Amida Care and NEW Pride Agenda Host “All About PrEP” Town Hall, With a Focus on HIV Prevention in the Bronx and Among Women

On Thursday, March 25, Amida Care, New York’s largest nonprofit Medicaid Special Needs Health Plan (SNP) designed for New Yorkers affected by HIV, co-hosted a town hall event with NEW Pride Agenda, a nonprofit LGBTQ advocacy organization that works to promote LGBTQ rights in New York State, to discuss HIV prevention and pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP).

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March 25 2021

Amida Care Celebrates Confirmation of Dr. Rachel Levine as Assistant Secretary for Health at HHS

Amida Care congratulates Dr. Rachel Levine on her confirmation as Assistant Secretary for Health at HHS. Dr. Levine is an inspired choice for this important position.

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March 11 2021

Amida Care Applauds the Permanent Blocking of Trump-Era Public Charge Rule

Amida Care is thankful that the ‘public charge’ rule will no longer be implemented. This regulation targeted our foreign-born neighbors and put our collective public health at risk, undermining our ability to tackle public health crises, like Covid-19 and the HIV/AIDS epidemic.

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February 26 2021

Amida Care Applauds U.S. House of Representatives for Passing of Equality Act; Urges Senate to Swiftly Pass Bill

Amida Care is excited by the recent news of the Equality Act’s passage in the House. This long overdue legislation will expand anti-discrimination protections for LGBTQ Americans, ensuring that people can no longer be lawfully discriminated against in employment, housing, credit, education, and other vital areas of everyday life.

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February 23 2021

Trans Equity Consulting’s Cecilia Gentili Recognized with ACAP Leadership in Advocacy Award, Nominated by Amida Care

The Association for Community Affiliated Plans (ACAP) today presented Cecilia Gentili, Principal Consultant and Founder of Trans Equity Consulting, with its ninth annual Leadership in Advocacy Award. Ms. Gentili was nominated by Amida Care, New York’s largest Medicaid Special Needs Health Plan.

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February 18 2021

Amida Care and EngageWell IPA Submit New York State’s First Level 2 VBP Arrangement for Shared Risk with Federally Qualified Health Centers

Amida Care, New York’s largest nonprofit Medicaid Special Needs Health Plan (SNP), and EngageWell IPA, a network of health and social care providers committed to using harm reduction to advance the health and well-being of patients, announced today the submission of a Level 2 Value Based Payment (VBP) contract to the New York State Department of Health. The contract is New York’s first example of Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs) taking on a more advanced role in the financing and management of quality care in a value-based environment.

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February 17 2021

Amida Care Applauds the Biden Administration’s Decision to Rescind Trump Era Medicaid Work Requirements

Over the weekend, the Biden administration began the process of undoing the previous administration’s harmful Medicaid work requirement policy, which resulted in tens of thousands losing their health care coverage over the last few years.

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February 8 2021

Amida Care Commends Governor Cuomo for Including People Living with HIV in Expedited COVID-19 Vaccine Access

Governor Cuomo is right to prioritize people with comorbidities and chronic conditions like HIV for vaccination. Sound public policy becomes possible when sound scientific data drives decisions by leaders.

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February 3 2021

Amida Care Applauds NYS Legislature and Governor Cuomo for Repealing “Walking While Trans” Loitering Law

For too long, this discriminatory loitering statute has been used to unfairly target and harass people of transgender experience, particularly transgender women of color, simply for existing.

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January 25 2021

Amida Care Applauds President Biden for Reversing Ban on Transgender Americans from Serving in the Military and for Executive Order Protecting LGBTQ Americans from Discrimination

In America, there should be no place for denying someone health care, employment, housing, educational opportunities, or the chance to serve in the armed forces because of who they are. Discriminating against an individual based on their sexual orientation or gender identity is unconscionable and harms the health and safety of our nation.

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January 25 2021

Amida Care Applauds NYS Legislature for Repealing “Walking While Trans” Loitering Law

For too long, this discriminatory loitering statute has been used to unfairly target and harass people of transgender experience, particularly transgender women of color, simply for existing. Transgender individuals already face discrimination at nearly every turn, as Amida Care detailed in a recent report.

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January 20 2021

Amida Care Statement on Presidential Inauguration

New York (January 20, 2021) – Amida Care extends warm congratulations to President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris. We have much work to do to heal and to recommit to our efforts to create the world we want to live in.

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January 20 2021

Amida Care Celebrates Selection of Rachel Levine as Assistant Secretary for Health at HHS

New York (January 20, 2021) – Amida Care applauds the Biden-Harris team for their nomination of Dr. Rachel Levine, a deeply qualified and historic choice to serve as the Assistant Secretary for Health at HHS.

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January 15 2021

Amida Care and NEW Pride Agenda Host “All About PrEP” Town Hall on HIV Prevention

New York, NY (January 14, 2021) – On Wednesday, January 13, Amida Care, New York’s largest nonprofit Medicaid Special Needs Health Plan (SNP) designed for New Yorkers affected by HIV, co-hosted a town hall event with NEW Pride Agenda, a nonprofit LGBTQ advocacy organization that works to promote LGBTQ rights in New York State, to discuss pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP), which is proven to reduce the risk of getting HIV from sex by 99% when taken daily.

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January 8 2021

Creating Positive Change, Unity, and Healing in Times of Turmoil

Amida Care, New York State’s largest not-for-profit Medicaid Special Needs Health Plan (SNP) designed for New Yorkers living with complex conditions like HIV, has issued the following statement from President and CEO Doug Wirth in response to the political crisis that unfolded at the Capitol on Wednesday, January 6.

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December 28 2020

Save NY’s Safety Net Coalition Hosts Town Hall to Discuss How New York State Medicaid Carve-out Puts Patients at Risk

On Thursday, December 17, Amida Care, New York’s largest nonprofit Medicaid Special Needs Health Plan (SNP) designed for New Yorkers affected by HIV, participated in an online town hall event hosted by Save NY’s Safety Net Coalition to discuss how New York State’s proposed Medicaid reform will put patients at risk.

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December 10 2020

The Amida Care Fund at Stonewall Community Foundation Announces 2020 Grant Awards for HIV/AIDS Initiatives at NYC Community Organizations

New York, NY (December 10, 2020) – The Amida Care Fund at Stonewall Community Foundation announced today that it has awarded a total of $30,000 in grant funding for innovative HIV prevention and services to several community-based organizations to help them continue their important work in the communities they serve.

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December 1 2020

Amida Care Chief Medical Officer Dr. Jerome Ernst Recognized with NYS AIDS Institute’s Linda Laubenstein Award

On December 1, Dr. Jerome Ernst, Chief Medical Officer of Amida Care, New York State’s largest not-for-profit Medicaid Special Needs Health Plan (SNP) designed for New Yorkers affected by HIV, will receive the New York State (NYS) AIDS Institute’s Linda Laubenstein Award at a special virtual ceremony during New York State’s official World AIDS Day celebrations.

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November 30 2020

Amida Care Remembers NYC Mayor David Dinkins

(New York, NY—November 24, 2020) We are deeply saddened by the passing of Mayor David Dinkins, an iconic New Yorker, an unwavering ally of the LGBTQ community, and a leader in the fight to end the HIV epidemic.

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November 20 2020

Amida Care Recognizes Transgender Day of Remembrance with Special “Your Health. Your Journey” Panel Discussion

New York, NY (November 20, 2020) – On Wednesday, November 18, Amida Care, New York’s largest nonprofit Medicaid Special Needs Health Plan (SNP) designed for New Yorkers affected by HIV, hosted a special Transgender Day of Remembrance event, entitled “Your Health. Your Journey.” The event was held during Trans Awareness Week (November 13—19), leading up to Transgender Day of Remembrance (November 20), an annual observance of the lives lost in acts of anti-transgender violence.

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November 10 2020

Amida Care Responds to Results of 2020 Presidential Election, Offering Congratulations to President-Elect Biden and Vice President-Elect Harris

Across all 50 states, voters turned out in record numbers to have their voices heard in the 2020 Presidential Election. The fact that we saw record turnout despite a global pandemic underscores the strength of our democracy. After a tense few days as we waited for ballots to be counted, a clear winner has emerged. We at Amida Care would like to congratulate President-Elect Joe Biden and Vice-President Kamala Harris on their historic victory.

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November 4 2020

Amida Care and God’s Love We Deliver Launch Program to Provide Medically Tailored Meals to Members Living with HIV

New York (November 1, 2020) – Amida Care, New York’s largest nonprofit Medicaid Special Needs Health Plan, and God’s Love We Deliver, the New York metropolitan area’s leading provider of life-sustaining meals and nutrition counseling for people living with severe illnesses, have partnered to launch a pilot program offering Medically Tailored Meals to Amida Care members living with HIV and other complex conditions.

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October 28 2020

Virtual Event Explores COVID-19’s Impact on Ending the HIV Epidemic in New York

New York, NY (October 27, 2020) – On Thursday, October 22, Amida Care, New York’s largest nonprofit Medicaid Special Needs Health Plan (SNP) designed for New Yorkers affected by HIV, co-hosted a webinar with Gay City News, where expert panelists discussed how the pandemic has affected efforts to expand PrEP uptake and provide access to HIV testing and treatment.

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October 23 2020

Amida Care Releases Policy Brief on How the Pandemic Has Affected New York’s Effort to End the HIV Epidemic

New York, NY (October 23, 2020) – Yesterday, Amida Care, New York’s largest nonprofit Medicaid Special Needs Health Plan (SNP) designed for New Yorkers affected by HIV, released a policy brief on how the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted New York’s effort to end the HIV epidemic. A Pandemic and an Epidemic: COVID-19 and Ending HIV in New York outlines recommendations for public health agencies, health plans and providers, and all New Yorkers on ways to increase PrEP uptake, strengthen Medicaid, and break down barriers to access for HIV prevention and treatment.

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October 14 2020

Amida Care and Gay City News to Host Panel Discussion on COVID-19’s Impact on New York’s Plan to End HIV

New York, NY (October 14, 2020) – Amida Care, New York’s largest nonprofit Medicaid Special Needs Health Plan (SNP) designed for New Yorkers affected by HIV, and Gay City News, New York’s chief newspaper for the LGBTQ community, will host “COVID-19’s Impact on New York’s Plan to End HIV: A Discussion” on Thursday, October 22 from 1PM to 2PM. Just one week before New York State’s annual PrEP Aware Week, expert panelists at this event will discuss how the pandemic has affected efforts to expand PrEP uptake and provide access to HIV testing and treatment.

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September 21 2020

Amida Care Honors Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg

Like all those who work for and care about issues of equity and justice, we were deeply saddened to learn about the passing of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg on Friday evening. Her commitment to human rights and equity for all was unwavering.

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August 19 2020

Amida Care Applauds Court Ruling Blocking Trump Administration’s Attempt to Roll Back Health Care Protections for People of Transgender Experience

Denying a person health care based on their sexual orientation or gender identity is unconscionable. This ruling, halting HHS’s hateful and discriminatory attempt to overturn protections for transgender people in the Affordable Care Act, is not only a victory for the LGBTQ community, but for everyone who believes that health care is a right, not a privilege.

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June 26 2020

Amida Care Condemns Trump Administration’s Recent Filing Urging the Supreme Court to Overturn the Affordable Care Act

For over three years, the Trump administration’s relentless assault on the Affordable Care Act has jeopardized health care for millions of Americans. We condemn this latest attempt to overturn the ACA, which would leave millions of Americans without health insurance in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic and severely set back our nation’s efforts to end the HIV/AIDS epidemic.

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June 25 2020

National Black Leadership Commission on Health’s C. Virginia Fields Recognized with ACAP Leadership in Advocacy Award

The Association for Community Affiliated Plans (ACAP) today presented C. Virginia Fields, President and Chief Executive Officer of the National Black Leadership Commission on Health (Black Health), formerly, National Black Leadership Commission on AIDS, Inc. with its eighth annual Leadership in Advocacy Award. Ms. Fields was nominated by Amida Care of New York; she serves on Amida Care’s Board of Directors.

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June 16 2020

Amida Care Condemns Discriminatory HHS Rule That Erases Health Care Protections for People of Transgender Experience, Applauds Supreme Court for Protecting LGBTQ Americans in the Workplace

(New York, NY – June 16, 2020) On Friday, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) under Section 1557 of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) finalized a regulation that would remove nondiscrimination protections for people of transgender experience in health care settings. On Monday, the Supreme Court served a direct rebuke to this discriminatory move with the ruling that Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which makes it illegal for employers to discriminate because of a person’s sex, also covers sexual orientation and transgender status.

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June 11 2020

Amida Care Applauds the Repeal of 50-a and Calls for New York City to Reduce Funding to the NYPD to Support Social Services

New York, NY–The current Black Lives Matter movement is about racial justice, and it’s also about breaking down systems of oppression. We applaud the New York State legislature for their repeal of 50-a, an unjust law that has barred the path to transparency in our state’s police departments.

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April 10 2020

The National Black Leadership Commission on Health and Amida Care Call for Urgent Attention to Address COVID-19’s Disproportionate Impact on Communities of Color

New York (April 10, 2020) –The National Black Leadership Commission on Health (NBLCH), a nonprofit organization that promotes health and prevention of diseases within the Black community, together with Amida Care, New York’s largest Medicaid Special Needs Health Plan are calling for urgent attention to address COVID-19’s disproportionate impact on the Black community.

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March 23 2020

Amida Care Celebrates Affordable Care Act’s 10th Anniversary

New York, NY (March 23, 2020) – 10 years ago today, the Affordable Care Act became the law of the land, providing health coverage to 21 million Americans. The ACA is particularly crucial during a health crisis like the current COVID-19 pandemic to ensure access to care. This crisis reaffirms how critical it is to have a reliable, effective, and comprehensive health system that serves all Americas.

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March 2 2020

Amida Care Urges New York State to Establish Overdose Prevention Centers

(New York, March 2, 2020) – Overdose prevention centers are sites where people who use injection drugs can do so in a medically supervised setting with linkages to a host of support services. These spaces are proven to reduce the amount and frequency that clients use drugs, help protect people from overdose, increase the delivery of medical and social services, and reduce behaviors such as syringe sharing—which increases the likelihood of HIV and Hepatitis C diagnoses.

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February 7 2020

NYC Council Member Ritchie Torres, NYC Council Member Vanessa Gibson, Amida Care, and Bronx Community Health Organizations Call for More Resources to Fight HIV on National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day

Bronx, NY (February 7, 2020) — This morning, at a press conference marking National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day, New York City Council Members Ritchie Torres and Vanessa Gibson were joined by Amida Care, a not-for-profit New York community health plan, VIP Community Services, and community advocates at the Union Community Health Center in Fordham Heights to call for more resources to fight the HIV/AIDS epidemic in the Bronx and encourage residents to get tested for HIV and learn about HIV prevention and treatment.

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January 28 2020

Amida Care Condemns Proposed Legislation Targeting Transgender Care

We are appalled at South Dakota’s attack on the transgender community. We strongly condemn the content of this bill—which is not only discriminatory, but also dangerous. Legislation such as this further marginalizes an already-vulnerable community and sends a message to LGBTQ youth that they are unworthy of care.

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January 10 2020

Amida Care Responds to CBS New York Story Containing Stigmatizing Language About HIV

New York, NY (January 10, 2020) – The language used by CBS New York in their report on an incident between a Port Authority Police Officer and a suspect living with HIV is not just careless and false – it’s extremely dangerous.

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December 16 2019

Amida Care View Community Magazine Wins 2019 MarCom Award

New York, NY (December 16, 2019) – The Spring 2019 issue of Amida Care View magazine, entitled At Risk, is the winner of a 2019 Gold MarCom Award, administered by the Association of Marketing and Communication Professionals (AMCP).

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December 10 2019

Amida Care Urges Increased Attention to Trans Communities to End the Epidemic

New York, NY (December 10, 2019) – PrEP is a game-changing pill that is 99% effective at preventing sexual transmission of HIV when taken daily. New York has made tremendous progress towards an AIDS-free future, due in large part to the expansion of PrEP awareness and education.

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December 10 2019

The Amida Care Fund at Stonewall Community Foundation Announces 2019 Grant Awards for HIV/AIDS Initiatives at NYC Community Organizations

New York, NY (December 10, 2019) – The Amida Care Fund at Stonewall Community Foundation announced today that it has awarded a total of $30,000 in grant funding for innovative HIV prevention and services to several community-based organizations to help them continue their important work in the communities they serve.

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November 22 2019

Amida Care Calls for Final Push to End the HIV Epidemic in New York

New York, NY (November 22, 2019) – Thanks to Governor Andrew Cuomo, public health officials, research scientists, health care providers, people living with HIV, and community leaders, New York State has a plan to End the HIV Epidemic by 2020, and the numbers released by the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene show that plan is working.

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November 7 2019

Amida Care Applauds Federal Judge’s Blocking of Discriminatory HHS Rule

New York, NY (November 6, 2019) –Today, a federal judge in New York struck down the Trump administration’s “conscience rule,” which would have allowed health care workers and health plans to discriminate against and refuse health services and care to individuals based on religious or moral objections.

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October 21 2019

Brooklyn Borough President Eric L. Adams, Amida Care, and National Black Leadership Commission on Health Recognize PrEP Aware Week

BROOKLYN, NY (October 21, 2019) – On Wednesday, October 23rd, Brooklyn Borough President Eric L. Adams, Amida Care, and the National Black Leadership Commission on Health (NBLCH) will host a press conference at Brooklyn Borough Hall (209 Joralemon Street) to support and promote the first annual PrEP Aware Week, from October 20 through October 26, organized by the New York State Department of Health’s AIDS Institute. Events will take place statewide throughout the week to increase PrEP awareness and uptake.

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October 15 2019

Community Healthcare Network Hosts 9th Annual Conference on Transgender Health: Inclusion & Visibility: Acceptance vs. Tolerance

(New York, NY) – Community Healthcare Network (CHN), a federally qualified health center with 15 sites throughout New York City, will host its 9th Annual Conference on Transgender Health: Inclusion & Visibility: Acceptance vs. Tolerance, on October 24-25. Amida Care is the lead health plan sponsor.

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October 15 2019

Community Healthcare Network Hosts 9th Annual Conference on Transgender Health: Inclusion & Visibility: Acceptance vs. Tolerance

(New York, NY) – Community Healthcare Network (CHN), a federally qualified health center with 15 sites throughout New York City, will host its 9th Annual Conference on Transgender Health: Inclusion & Visibility: Acceptance vs. Tolerance, on October 24-25. Amida Care is the lead health plan sponsor.

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October 15 2019

Amida Care Applauds Initial Blocking of Public Charge Rule

New York, NY (October 15, 2019) – Doug Wirth, president and CEO of Amida Care, New York’s largest not-for-profit Medicaid Special Needs Health Plan, released the following statement after a federal judge blocked the Trump Administration’s ‘public charge’ rule. The rule, which would penalize immigrants who use public benefits like food stamps and Medicaid by denying them green cards and visas, was set to take effect today.

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October 8 2019

Amida Care Supports First Ever “PrEP Aware Week” in New York State

(New York – October 8, 2019) Amida Care is joining the New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH) AIDS Institute, Governor Andrew Cuomo, Commissioner Howard A. Zucker, advocates, New York City elected officials, community organizations, and health care providers from across the state to support and actively promote PrEP Aware Week.

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October 8 2019

Amida Care Applauds Federal Ruling Paving the Way for Safer Consumption Spaces

Amida Care is excited that the nation’s first safer consumption space is one step closer to becoming reality after Judge McHugh’s landmark decision on October 4. Safer consumption spaces are sites where people who use drugs can do so in a medically supervised setting with linkages to a host of support services.

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October 8 2019

Amida Care Celebrates New York State’s Success in Achieving Largest Decrease in HIV Diagnoses Since 2014

(New York – October 8, 2019) – Governor Andrew Cuomo has announced that 2018 had the largest decrease in new HIV diagnoses in New York since the launch of the Ending the Epidemic initiative in 2014, and that the State is on track to end the HIV/AIDS epidemic by the end of 2020.

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August 16 2019

Amida Care Supports Governor Andrew Cuomo’s Actions to Expand Medicaid to Inmates 30 Days Before Release

New York, NY (August 16, 2019) – Governor Andrew Cuomo’s request to CMS to expand Medicaid to incarcerated New Yorkers will go a long way towards ensuring that individuals exiting the criminal justice system are connected to care upon release.

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August 12 2019

Amida Care Condemns Trump Administration’s New Public Charge Rule

New York, NY (August 12, 2019) – The Trump Administration’s decision to penalize immigrants who access vital social services undermines our ideals as a nation and will adversely impact public health and state budgets.

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August 7 2019

Amida Care Applauds Cuomo Administration for Standing Up for Transgender New Yorkers and Opposing Discriminatory HHS Rule

(New York, NY – August 7, 2019) Amida Care applauds the Cuomo administration for opposing discriminatory rules that target people of transgender experience and gender nonconforming individuals.

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July 29 2019

Amida Care Responds to Newest CDC Data, Urges Further Action to Expand Access to PrEP

(New York – July 29, 2019) Doug Wirth, President and CEO of Amida Care, released the following statement in response to the latest data from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), showing that despite progress, the use of pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) among men at elevated risk for HIV remains low.

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July 24 2019

Amida Care Applauds Governor Cuomo for Expanding Access to PrEP and Taking Action to Protect LGBTQ New Yorkers from Discrimination

New York – July 24, 2019) Governor Cuomo’s new actions, which will make PrEP affordable for more New Yorkers, ensure that everyone has the information they need to access quality health care, and send a clear message that discrimination will not be tolerated, will help us reach our goal of ending the HIV/AIDS epidemic in New York by 2020.

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July 19 2019

Amida Care Applauds PrEP Access and Coverage Act

(New York – July 19, 2019) Not only does PrEP enable people to take control of their health, it can save millions of taxpayer dollars associated with treating HIV. We thank Representatives Adam Schiff and Bonnie Watson Coleman for introducing the PrEP Access and Coverage Act, legislation that will greatly accelerate our efforts to end the HIV/AIDS epidemic.

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June 27 2019

Amida Care President and CEO Doug Wirth to Be Honored Among City & State Pride Power 100

(New York, June 25, 2019) – Doug Wirth, President and CEO of Amida Care, New York’s largest Medicaid Special Needs health Plan (SNP), will be honored among the City & State Pride Power 100 on June 27.

 

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June 27 2019

Amida Care President and CEO Doug Wirth to Be Honored Among City & State Pride Power 100

(New York, June 25, 2019) – Doug Wirth, President and CEO of Amida Care, New York’s largest Medicaid Special Needs health Plan (SNP), will be honored among the City & State Pride Power 100 on June 27.

 

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June 6 2019

Amida Care to Be Honored with Corporate Partner of the Year Award by Transgender Legal Defense and Education Fund (TLDEF)

(New York, NY, June 5, 2019) – Amida Care, New York’s largest Medicaid Special Needs Plan (SNP) for people living with or at elevated risk for HIV, will be honored by Transgender Legal Defense & Education Fund (TLDEF) as Corporate Partner of the Year at the 2019 Trans Advocacy Awards on Tuesday, June 11, at the Manhattan Penthouse in New York City.

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May 24 2019

Amida Care Condemns Discriminatory New HHS Rule

(New York, NY – May 24, 2019) Doug Wirth, President and CEO of Amida Care, released the following statement in response to a new proposal to rollback protections for people of transgender experience in health care settings:

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May 21 2019

Amida Care Statement on U.S. House of Representatives Oversight Committee Hearing on PrEP Pricing and Access

(New York, NY – May 20, 2019) – The following is a statement from Amida Care on the May 16 House of Representatives Oversight Committee hearing on pricing and access as it relates to pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP):

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May 13 2019

Amida Care Joins Call for NYC Mayor and City Council to Provide Stopgap Public Health Funds Cut by State; Urges State to Fully Restore Funding

(New York, May 13, 2019) – New York State reimburses localities across the state for critical health programs and services, but the FY2020 enacted budget has reduced the reimbursement rate in New York City from 36% to 20%, resulting in a loss of $59 million in funding.

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May 6 2019

Amida Care Condemns Trump Administration and HHS Over New Rule That Allows Discrimination and Limits Access to Health Care

New York, NY (May 6, 2019) – Amida Care, New York’s largest not-for-profit Medicaid Special Needs Health Plan (SNP), strongly opposes the new rule issued by the Health and Human Services Department (HHS) Office of Civil Rights, protecting health care workers who refuse to provide health services and care to individuals based on religious or moral objections.

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April 29 2019

Amida Care Applauds Gov. Cuomo for Pledging to Protect Transgender New Yorkers

On Friday, Governor Cuomo condemned the Trump administration’s plan to roll back protections for transgender Americans.

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April 12 2019

Amida Care Condemns Ban on Transgender Americans Serving in the Military As Policy Goes Into Effect

Today, the Trump Administration’s ban on transgender Americans serving in the military will take effect. Amida Care, a New York State Medicaid Special Needs Health Plan (SNP) and advocate for transgender health, supports efforts to defeat the ban.

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April 1 2019

Amida Care Releases Report on Transgender Health

Amida Care’s new report, “Breaking Barriers to Transgender Health Care,” addresses challenges facing the transgender community and offers recommendations to improve health outcomes. 

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March 28 2019

Amida Care Statement Condemning DOJ Filing in Support of Decision to Strike Down ACA

The DOJ is seeking the affirmation of a lower court ruling in the Texas v. United States health care lawsuit, which would result in the end of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) that provides health coverage to 21 million Americans:

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February 7 2019

Amida Care Responds to President Trump’s Pledge to End HIV Transmissions by 2030

President Trump’s home state of New York can provide a national model to End the HIV/AIDS Epidemic.

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January 22 2019

Amida Care Condemns Supreme Court Decision Allowing Ban on Transgender Americans Serving in the Military

Today’s ruling from the highest court in our land allows the Trump administration to discriminate against brave Americans who are willing to put their lives on the line in service to our country.

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January 15 2019

Amida Care Applauds Governor Andrew Cuomo, New York State Legislature Action on GENDA, Ban on Conversion Therapy

We’re grateful to Governor Andrew Cuomo and New York State lawmakers for prioritizing this long-overdue legislation. The Gender Expression Non-Discrimination Act (GENDA) legally codifies protections for transgender and gender non-conforming (TGNC) people against discrimination in employment and health care.

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January 2 2019

Amida Care Praises Governor Cuomo’s Commitment to Advance GENDA Legislation, Urges Swift Action by Legislature

The Gender Expression Non-Discrimination Act (GENDA) will legally codify protections for transgender and gender non-conforming (TGNC) people against discrimination in employment and health care. We applaud Governor Cuomo’s commitment to advance this essential legislation that will ensure gender equity and safeguard patient protections in the Affordable Care Act (ACA).

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December 19 2018

Amida Care Calls on New York State to Expand Access to Medicaid Special Needs Health Plans

Amida Care, New York’s largest not-for-profit Medicaid Special Needs Health Plan (SNP), is calling on the New York State Department of Health (DOH) and the AIDS Institute to use their existing authority to allow SNPs to expand eligibility to communities at higher risk for HIV by April 2019.

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December 19 2018

Doug Wirth, President and CEO of Amida Care, Honored with “Responsible 100” Award from City & State

Doug Wirth, President and CEO of Amida Care, New York’s largest Medicaid Special Needs Health Plan (SNP), was recognized with a Responsible 100 award from City & State on December 18 at Sony Hall.

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December 19 2018

Doug Wirth, President and CEO of Amida Care, Honored with “Responsible 100” Award from City & State

Doug Wirth, President and CEO of Amida Care, New York’s largest Medicaid Special Needs Health Plan (SNP), was recognized with a Responsible 100 award from City & State on December 18 at Sony Hall.

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December 17 2018

Amida Care Condemns Texas Judge’s Ruling on Affordable Care Act

The December 14 federal ruling puts the health of 20 million Americans into jeopardy. For those individuals who live with chronic conditions, such as HIV and Hepatitis C, playing politics with health care is a life or death situation.

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December 5 2018

Amida Care Praises Governor Cuomo and Department of Health on Latest Progress to End the AIDS Epidemic

New York has been and remains a national leader in addressing the HIV/AIDS epidemic, thanks to the leadership and dedication of Governor Cuomo and his administration. The state’s latest data continues to show a decline in new HIV diagnoses – making the mission of ending the epidemic by 2020 closer to a reality.

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December 5 2018

Amida Care Joins Advocates, Elected Officials, and Health Care Leaders in Albany for 2018 Ending the Epidemic Summit

On December 4 and 5, Amida Care, New York’s largest not-for-profit Medicaid Special Needs Health Plan, joined advocates, health care leaders, and elected officials at the 2018 Ending the Epidemic Summit at the Empire State Plaza Convention Center.

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December 3 2018

The Amida Care Fund at Stonewall Community Foundation Announces 2018 Grant Awards for HIV/AIDS Initiatives at NYC Community Organizations

The Amida Care Fund at Stonewall Community Foundation announced today that it has awarded a total of $20,000 in grant funding for innovative HIV prevention and services to several community-based organizations to help them continue their important work in the communities they serve.

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November 29 2018

Amida Care, National Black Leadership Commission on AIDS (NBLCA), and Brooklyn Borough President Eric L. Adams Host World AIDS Day Event in Brooklyn

Amida Care, a not-for-profit New York-based community health plan, the National Black Leadership Commission on AIDS (NBLCA), representatives from Brooklyn Borough President Eric L. Adams’ office, and Assembly Member Walter T. Mosley gathered days before World AIDS Day on November 28 to raise awareness around ending the HIV/AIDS epidemic in Brooklyn.

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November 7 2018

Amida Care Applauds Outcomes That Uphold Access to Health Care in 2018 Midterm Elections

For months leading up to the midterm elections, voters told pollsters that health care was their number one priority for this election. The results of the midterms prove that to be true.

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October 22 2018

Amida Care Condemns the Trump Administration’s Reported Move to Roll Back Recognition and Protection for Transgender and Gender-Nonconforming Americans

This weekend, The New York Times reported that the Trump Administration is considering narrowly defining gender as a biological condition determined by genitalia at birth. This is the latest effort by the administration to roll back hard-fought protections and rights for Americans of transgender experience.

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October 9 2018

Amida Care Applauds Mayor de Blasio, New York City Council, and Speaker Corey Johnson for Helping to Make Birth Certificates Accurately Reflect Gender Identity

Thanks to legislation passed by the New York City Council and signed into law by Mayor de Blasio today, New York City will allow individuals to change the gender on their birth certificate to one that affirms their gender identity, including the option to select “X” to designate their gender as non-binary, intersex, or another form of gender identity.

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October 4 2018

Amida Care Condemns Trump Administration’s Proposed Public Charge Rule

The Trump Administration’s proposed rule to penalize documented immigrants who access vital social services undermines our ideals as a nation, and the impact on public health and state budgets will be catastrophic.

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October 3 2018

Community Healthcare Network Hosts 8th Annual Conference on Transgender Health: TRANSforming Social Justice through Healthcare

Community Healthcare Network (CHN), a federally qualified health center with 15 sites throughout New York City, will host its 8th Annual Conference on Transgender Health: TRANSforming Social Justice through Healthcare, on October 18-19. The conference, hosted at The New School in New York City, is co-sponsored by Amida Care, New York’s largest Medicaid not-for-profit Special Needs Health Plan.

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September 17 2018

Amida Care Applauds Lawsuit Against Short-Term, Limited-Duration Plan Final Rule, Which Would Undermine Americans’ Health Care Needs

Doug Wirth, President and CEO of Amida Care issued the following statement commending a lawsuit filed by seven health care organizations against the short-term, limited-duration plan final rule. This rule will harm patients and their families as well as others in the health care system by undermining access to quality, affordable coverage, and will destabilize the Affordable Care Act (ACA), significantly disrupting insurance markets in states across the country.

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September 6 2018

Amida Care Urges Increased Access to PrEP for Communities at Higher Risk of HIV

If we are committed to ending the HIV/AIDS epidemic once and for all, communities that are at higher risk for contracting HIV must have access to prevention tools like PrEP.

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July 27 2018

Amida Care Condemns Discriminatory “Deploy or Get Out” Policy for People Living with HIV, Urges Immediate Action

Building on decades of stigma and discrimination that service members living with HIV have endured, the Trump Administration’s ‘Deploy or Get Out’ policy is a thinly veiled attempt to purge the military of the 1,000+ service members who live with HIV and serve this country with dignity.

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July 26 2018

Amida Care and National Black Leadership Commission on AIDS Inc. (NBLCA) Host Hepatitis C Testing Event on National African American Hepatitis C Action Day with Support from Bronx Council Member Andy King

On Wednesday, July 25, Amida Care, a not-for-profit New York community health plan; the National Black Leadership Commission on AIDS, Inc. (NBLCA); New York City Council Member Andy King and Deputy Bronx Borough President Marricka Scott-McFadden partnered with advocates, local leaders and health care providers at The Mall at Bay Plaza on National African American Hepatitis C Action Day to encourage Bronx residents to get screened for Hepatitis C.

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July 16 2018

Amida Care and End AIDS NY 2020 Community Coalition Urge New York State to Expand HIV Special Needs Health Plan Eligibility to All Medicaid-Eligible Men Who Have Sex with Men Regardless of HIV Status

Amida Care, New York’s largest not-for-profit Medicaid Special Needs Health Plan (SNP), along with the End AIDS NY 2020 Community Coalition, sent a letter to New York State Medicaid Director Donna Frescatore and New York State AIDS Institute Director Johanne E. Morne urging the state to allow HIV Special Needs Health Plans (HSNPs) to provide services to all men who have sex with men (MSM) who qualify for Medicaid, regardless of HIV status.

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July 3 2018

Association for Community Affiliated Plans Recognizes Amida Care President and CEO Doug Wirth with ACAP Advantage Award

Doug Wirth, President and CEO of Amida Care, New York’s largest not-for-profit Medicaid Special Needs Health Plan (SNP), has been named by the Association for Community Affiliated Plans (ACAP) as the recipient of the 2018 “ACAP Advantage Award.”

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June 26 2018

Amida Care Applauds Governor Cuomo’s Expanded Health Care Protections for New Yorkers of Trans Experience

We applaud Governor Cuomo’s steps to safeguard basic rights for New Yorkers of transgender experience, to protect them from discrimination by health care providers and insurers in the face of anticipated federal rollbacks.

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June 21 2018

Amida Care Condemns Trump Administration’s Draconian Immigration Policies

Like so many other people of conscience, we are appalled by the Trump Administration’s immigration policy toward people coming to this country to better their lives and the lives of their children and loved ones. Make no mistake — the executive order signed by President Trump yesterday, ending the separation of families at the border, is no solution at all.

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June 7 2018

Amida Care Applauds Mayor de Blasio, Council Speaker Johnson, and Board of Health for Fighting to Make Birth Certificates Accurately Reflect Gender Identity

Under a proposed amendment passed unanimously by the New York City Board of Health on Tuesday morning, and legislation introduced at the City Council this afternoon, New York City is set to allow individuals to change the gender on their birth certificate to one that affirms their gender identity, including the option to select “X” to designate their gender as non-binary, intersex, or another form of gender identity.

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May 18 2018

Amida Care Commends New York State for Upholding Gender Non-Conforming New Yorkers’ Right to Health Care

In a historic, precedent-setting ruling on May 11, the New York State Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance (OTDA) upheld the right of gender non-conforming New Yorkers to access medically necessary, gender-affirming health care.

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May 2 2018

New York City Council-Funded Program Creates Jobs for New Yorkers Living with HIV

Amida Care, New York’s largest Medicaid Special Needs Health Plan (SNP), is approaching two years of success with the Innovator Employment Project, which is made possible with funding from New York City Council.

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April 6 2018

Amida Care Applauds American Medical Association’s Stand Against President Trump’s Discriminatory Ban on Military Service for Transgender People

This week in a letter to Secretary of Defense James Mattis, American Medical Association (AMA) Executive Vice President and CEO James L. Madara, MD, expressed concern with the Trump Administration’s discriminatory ban on transgender Americans serving in the military, stating that there is “no medically valid reason…to exclude transgender individuals from military service.” Amida Care, the largest Medicaid Special Needs Health Plan (SNP) in New York State and advocate for transgender health, applauds the AMA for standing up for transgender Americans who wish to serve their country.

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March 20 2018

Amida Care Applauds Governor Andrew Cuomo on Commitment to End Hepatitis C and Expand Rental Assistance for People Living with HIV in New York State

Amida Care Applauds Governor Andrew Cuomo on Commitment to End Hepatitis C and Expand Rental Assistance for People Living with HIV in New York State.

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February 26 2018

The Atlantic Terminal Tenants’ Association and Amida Care Host Black History Month Event in Brooklyn with Support from NYC Council Majority Leader Laurie Cumbo

On February 24, Amida Care, a not-for-profit New York community health plan, co-sponsored the fourth annual Black History Month Event organized by the Atlantic Terminal Tenants’ Association.

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February 22 2018

Amida Care Condemns Trump Administration’s FY2019 Budget Proposal That Would Undermine Access to Health Care

President Trump’s executive budget proposal will not make America great—it will make America poorer and sicker. Access to quality and affordable health care is already a challenge for far too many individuals in this country.

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February 12 2018

Amida Care Commends Congress for Passing Budget with Funding for Community Health Centers and Other Health-Related Priorities

We congratulate members of Congress for passing this budget agreement that helps to provide essential care for nearly 27 million Americans, including 2 million New Yorkers, who otherwise could not afford care. However, we are concerned that the appropriation doesn’t go far enough.

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January 24 2018

NYS Budget Expands State-wide Housing Access for People Living with HIV, But More Is Needed to Meet Ending the Epidemic Goals and Produce Long-Term Cost Savings

Governor Andrew Cuomo’s executive budget takes a step forward in expanding housing support for people living with HIV outside of New York City.  For the first time, enhanced rental assistance and a 30 percent rent cap for people living with HIV across New York State were included in the executive budget.

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January 22 2018

Amida Care, Advocates Descend on Albany to Demand More Support for New Yorkers Living with HIV/AIDS

Amida Care, New York’s largest not-for-profit Medicaid Special Needs Health Plan (SNP), joined forces with over 60 other organizations from across New York State today in Albany to advocate for more support for New Yorkers who live with, or are at high-risk of contracting, HIV/AIDS.

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January 18 2018

Amida Care Condemns Trump Administration and HHS Steps that will Promote Discrimination, Limit Access to Health Care

It is hard enough for too many Americans to get their health needs met. Allowing health care workers who are biased, racist, homophobic, transphobic, or against women’s reproductive rights to withhold health services will hurt our neighbors.

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January 16 2018

Amida Care, Advocates Call for Increased Investment to End the AIDS Epidemic

Amida Care, New York’s largest not-for-profit Medicaid Special Needs Health Plan (SNP), applauds New York State on achieving record-low levels of new HIV diagnoses – down 13 percent from 2015 to 2016. But, increased investment is needed in the FY19 state budget to meet the goal of Governor Andrew Cuomo’s Blueprint to End the HIV/AIDS Epidemic (EtE) by the year 2020.

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January 12 2018

Amida Care Congratulates Council Member Mark Levine on Appointment as City Council Health Committee Chair

Congratulations to Council Member Mark Levine on his appointment as the next New York City Council Health Committee Chair. We have been fortunate to have him as a supporter of quality health care that produces positive outcomes for all New Yorkers.

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January 3 2018

Amida Care Congratulates New York City Council’s New Speaker Corey Johnson

Congratulations to Council Member Corey Johnson on his election as the next New York City Council Speaker. Council Member Johnson is the first openly HIV-positive New York City Council Speaker and has always been a champion for improving the health of New Yorkers.

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December 20 2017

Amida Care Condemns the Trump Administration’s Exclusionary CDC Word Ban

Amida Care is appalled by the Trump Administration’s ban on using certain words in the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) budget documents for Congress.

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December 5 2017

Amida Care Condemns Tax Reform Bill That Would Undermine Access to Health Care

Amida Care strongly opposes continued actions by Congress and President Trump’s administration to undermine America’s safety net programs and access to health care.

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December 1 2017

Amida Care Commemorates World AIDS Day 2017

As Amida Care commemorates World AIDS Day 2017, we remember those we’ve lost, celebrate the advancements we’ve made in the fight against HIV/AIDS, and take and urge continued action to break through the remaining hurdles to end the epidemic once and for all.

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December 1 2017

Amida Care, NYS AIDS Institute, and NYC Community Organizations Publish “Hire Me! End AIDS with Jobs”

In connection with World AIDS Day on December 1, 2017, Amida Care has published a special community publication, “Hire Me! End AIDS with Jobs,” produced in partnership with Alliance for Positive Change, Alpha Workshops Studio School, Cicatelli Associates Inc., Exponents, The Fortune Society, GMHC, Housing Works, The LGBT Center, National Working Positive Coalition, NYS AIDS Institute, NYS Education Department, and Translatina Network.

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November 30 2017

The Amida Care Fund at Stonewall Community Foundation Announces 2017 Grant Awards for HIV/AIDS Initiatives at NYC Community Organizations

The Amida Care Fund at Stonewall Community Foundation announced today that it has awarded a total of $20,000 in new grants for innovative HIV prevention and services to several community-based organizations to help them continue their important work in the communities they serve.

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November 21 2017

Amida Care Condemns Tax Proposal That Would Undermine Access to Health Care

Amida Care strongly opposes continued actions by Congress and President Trump’s administration to undermine America’s safety net programs and access to health care. The proposed “Tax Cuts and Jobs Act” in the U.S. Senate and the recently passed House tax bill will cut taxes for large corporations and the extremely wealthy at the expense of hard-working Americans.

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November 1 2017

NYS Medicaid Special Needs Health Plans (SNPs) Expand Access to All Medicaid-Eligible Transgender Individuals Regardless of HIV Status

New York State Medicaid Special Needs Health Plans (SNPs) will be open to all transgender individuals who qualify, regardless of their HIV status. Until now, New York SNPs have only enrolled eligible individuals who are HIV-positive or people who are experiencing homelessness (regardless of HIV status). Amida Care, the largest of the three Medicaid SNPs in New York, currently provides comprehensive health coverage and coordinated care to over 6,400 New Yorkers, including more than 400 people of transgender experience.

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October 24 2017

Amida Care Condemns Dr. Betty Price’s Comments Promoting Misinformation and Stigma Around HIV

Amida Care condemns the questions posed by Dr. Betty Price, Georgia state representative and physician, suggesting a “quarantine” for patients living with HIV as a solution to ending the HIV epidemic.

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October 20 2017

Amida Care Denounces Trump Administration’s Actions to Degrade the ACA

Last week, President Trump signed two executive orders for policy changes that would wreak havoc on the health of the nation. These measures would erode patient protections and are a strategy to sabotage the Affordable Care Act (ACA) following repeated legislative defeats to repeal it.

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October 12 2017

Community Healthcare Network Hosts 7th Annual Transgender Health Conference in New York at The New School

Community Healthcare Network (CHN) will host its 7th annual Transgender Health Conference, in collaboration with The New School, New York City community health plan Amida Care, and the New York State Department of Health, on October 26th and 27th at The New School.

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September 7 2017

Amida Care Condemns Trump Administration’s Elimination of Deferred Action Childhood Arrival (DACA) Program

Amida Care vehemently opposes President Trump’s decision to rescind the Deferred Action Childhood Arrival (DACA) program, which grants 800,000 young Americans the right to work in the country they’ve called home for the majority of their lives.

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August 31 2017

Amida Care Reaffirms Our Strong Opposition to President Trump’s Discriminatory Ban on Military Service for Transgender People

In July, Amida Care issued a statement rejecting President Trump’s intention to ban transgender Americans from serving in the military. Last Friday, the President signed a memorandum formalizing this intention. We condemn this discriminatory stance and reaffirm our commitment to support equal rights and fair treatment for the transgender community.

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August 15 2017

Finding Strength After Charlottesville

Amida Care is deeply saddened by the violence this weekend in Charlottesville, Va. We send our condolences to the families of those who died and wish recovery to the counter-protesters who were injured as well as healing to the Charlottesville community and our nation.

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July 27 2017

Amida Care Opposes President Trump’s Discriminatory Ban on Military Service for Transgender People

Amida Care strongly rejects President Trump’s ban preventing transgender Americans from serving in the military. Currently, 15,000 transgender men and women serve our country.

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July 20 2017

Amida Care Recognized for Service in LGBTQ Community with PRIDE Award

Amida Care, a not-for-profit, Medicaid Special Needs health Plan (SNP) that provides comprehensive medical, behavioral, and psychosocial support to over 6,000 New Yorkers, has received the City & State and New York Nonprofit Media PRIDE Award.

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June 15 2017

In Celebration of LGBTQ Pride Month, Amida Care and NYC Community Organizations Publish “Sexual Health + Pleasure” Magazine

In honor of Pride Month 2017, Amida Care has published a special community publication called “Let’s Start a Conversation: Sexual Health and Pleasure,” produced in partnership with The Ali Forney Center, Callen-Lorde, Housing Works, Iris House, The LGBT Center, and SAGE.

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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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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 25 2017

Amida Care Strongly Opposes Devastating Health Care Cuts in President Trump’s Budget

Amida Care believes that President Trump’s fiscal year 2018 budget blatantly jeopardizes the health of the nation, particularly those who rely on affordable health care and safety-net programs to get and stay healthy.

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May 10 2017

Cherie Raymond of Amida Care Named ACAP 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.

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May 5 2017

Amida Care Denounces House Passage of the Disastrous American Health Care Act

On May 4, the House of Representatives voted for the American Health Care Act (AHCA), a bill that would set back efforts to end the HIV/AIDS epidemic and be catastrophic for millions of people with chronic conditions while giving tax breaks to the wealthiest Americans.

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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 16 2017

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

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. Dr. Toussi brings more than eight years of experience focused on infectious diseases, particularly HIV.

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February 8 2017

Dr. Luis Freddy Molano of Community Healthcare Network Named ACAP Leadership in Advocacy Award Honorable Mention Winner; Nominated by Amida Care

The Association for Community Affiliated Plans (ACAP) yesterday named Dr. Luis Freddy Molano, Vice President of Infectious Diseases and LGBTQ Programs at Community Healthcare Network (CHN), a 2017 Leadership in Advocacy Award Honorable Mention winner. The Leadership in Advocacy Award recognizes individuals who exceed the norm in advocating for Medicaid and other safety net health programs and on behalf of the vulnerable populations that these programs serve.

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December 5 2016

Amida Care Spearheads New NYC Innovator Accountable Care Organization

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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December 1 2016

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

The Amida Care Fund at Stonewall Community Foundation announced today 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. The 2016 grantees are HEAT, Pride for Youth, Sylvia Rivera Law Project, and Translatina Network. Grant recipients are selected based on their outstanding work to address HIV/AIDS in LGBTQ communities throughout New York City.

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November 30 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. The magazine explores the history and key social drivers of the HIV/AIDS epidemic in New York and provides updates on Governor Andrew Cuomo’s Blueprint to End the AIDS Epidemic (EtE) in New York State by the year 2020.

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October 17 2016

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

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

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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June 20 2016

Amida Care Hosts Community Zumba Event in Brooklyn with Support from NYC Council Member Laurie Cumbo

Amida Care hosted “Zumba,” a community “Live Your Life” wellness event at Ebbets Field Apartments in Brooklyn. With the goal of inspiring fitness and healthy living in Brooklyn, this free event featured a lively Zumba class and other activities designed for all ages.

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June 2 2016

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

Amida Care presented “The Beauty of Art Within You,” a free “Live Your Life” community wellness event, at Restoration Plaza in Brooklyn. By exploring the healing power of art, this interactive art workshop taught Brooklynites creative ways to improve their health and have fun in the process.

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March 28 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. The partnership pairs New York’s largest special needs health plan with Staten Island’s LGBT communities, and will underwrite a dynamic series of programs and events to the broader community.

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March 21 2016

Amida Care and AIDS Service Center of NYC Celebrate Graduation From Workforce Initiative Network Program in Peer Education and Health Outreach

Members of the latest class of Amida Care’s Workforce Initiative Network (WIN) and the AIDS Service Center of New York City’s (ASCNYC) Peer Training Institute’s collaborative program celebrated their graduation from the program. Amida Care WIN program in collaboration with Housing Works and ASCNYC to empower people living with HIV/AIDS to position themselves as successful job candidates.

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March 9 2016

Amida Care Joins NYS HIV/AIDS Legislative Awareness Day in Albany

On March 9, Amida Care joined hundreds of other New Yorkers in the HIV/AIDS community in Albany to urge support among New York State elected officials to fund the Blueprint to End the AIDS Epidemic (EtE) in New York State by the year 2020.

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March 4 2016

Gay City News Honors Amida Care CEO with LGBT Impact Award

Doug Wirth, President and CEO of Amida Care, 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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March 1 2016

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

Providing comprehensive, holistic case management to people dealing with multiple comorbid conditions, including HIV, can yield tangible health improvements and long-term cost savings, according to a new joint study released by Amida Care and ACRIA, an HIV/AIDS research organization.

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February 9 2016

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

Charles King, a founding board member of Amida Care and President and CEO of Housing Works, Inc., received the Association for Community Affiliated Plans (ACAP) Leadership in Advocacy Award.

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February 1 2016

Amida Care Applauds NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio’s Budget to Expand HASA

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 New Yorkers as part of the city’s commitment to Ending the AIDS Epidemic (EtE).

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January 28 2016

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

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

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January 12 2016

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

Beginning on January 15, eligible health care consumers 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 9 2015

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

Amida Care’s 10th annual Live Your Life Celebration raised a record amount of over $170,000, which will fund Amida Care’s 2016 Live Your Life program and will also help to finance the Amida Care Fund at Stonewall Community Foundation.

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December 1 2015

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

On World AIDS Day, the Amida Care Fund at Stonewall Community Foundation announced that it has awarded grants for innovative HIV prevention and service to the Audre Lorde Project and the Sylvia Rivera Law Project.

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December 1 2015

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

Marking World AIDS Day, Amida Care co-hosted a community event and concurrent webinar to drive the public conversation around pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP), a critical component of NYS Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s Blueprint to End the AIDS Epidemic.

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October 16 2015

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

Doug Wirth, President and CEO of Amida Care, received the Health Care Leadership Award from the Acacia Network, one of Amida Care’s founding sponsor organizations. The award recognizes notable contributions to health care on local, state, and national levels.

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October 14 2015

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

Amida Care 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.

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October 8 2015

Amida Care Expands Behavioral Health Benefits for Members

Amida Care, New York’s largest Medicaid Special Needs Health Plan (SNP), is expanding its behavioral health services available to members. As of October 1, 2015, members of Amida Care’s Medicaid Live Life Plus plan are covered for mental health and substance use services that were previously reimbursed by fee-for-service Medicaid.

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September 30 2015

Amida Care Honored at American Liver Foundation Gala

Amida Care received the Spirit of New York award at the American Liver Foundation Greater New York Division’s 15th Annual Honors Gala, recognizing its contribution to curing 400 members of Hepatitis C.

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July 3 2015

$5M From NYC FY2016 Budget Allocated to End Aids Epidemic in New York

Amida Care applauds Mayor de Blasio, Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito, Council Health Committee Chair Corey Johnson, and the entire City Council for voting to adopt the City’s Fiscal Year (FY) 2-16 budget comprising $78 billion in total funding, including a $3.9 million in City Council funding to End the AIDS Epidemic (EtE).

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June 19 2015

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

Amida Care members and staff joined a rally outside of City Hall to call for NYC 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 18 2015

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

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 for their outstanding work to address HIV/AIDS in LGBTQ communities throughout NYC.

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April 29 2015

NYS Governor Andrew Cuomo Releases Blueprint to End AIDS Epidemic in New York by 2020

Governor Cuomo affirmed his pledge to End the AIDS epidemic in NYS by 2020 with the release of a groundbreaking Blueprint advanced by the Ending the Epidemic (EtE) Task Force. Doug Wirth, President and CEO of Amida Care and a member of the Task Force, says, “Expanding HIV quality metrics ensures that health plans have a pivotal role in ending the epidemic.”

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April 23 2015

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

Amida Care’s “Medicine Necklace” event, part of a series of Amida Care’s monthly Live Your Life wellness events where members and guests learn about ways to get healthy and take care of themselves, was attended by NYC Council Members Daniel Dromm and Deputy Chief of Staff of Member Services Joey Pressley.

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April 21 2015

Amida Care Celebration Honors the NYS AIDS Institute at Night of Stars Event and Enlists Support for NY State’s Blueprint to End the HIV/AIDS Epidemic

Doug Wirth, CEO of Amida Care, presented an Excellence in Innovation Award to the NYS AIDS Institute in recognition of its development of the HIV Special Needs Plan (SNP) health care model.

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