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Words Matter

Words Matter

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | As with so many revelations about the Trump administration, the storm over seven words that staff members at the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) were warned last week not to include in budget proposals began with an unsettling news report, followed by a bewildering, nontransparent mix of official pushback, […]

Censored Communication

BY ED SIKOV | From the Washington Post: “Policy analysts at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta were told of the list of forbidden terms at a meeting Thursday with senior CDC officials who oversee the budget, according to an analyst who took part in the 90-minute briefing. The forbidden terms are ‘vulnerable,’ […]

With July 22 Deadline, SAGE Scrambles to Restore Trans Seniors to Key Fed Survey

With July 22 Deadline, SAGE Scrambles to Restore Trans Seniors to Key Fed Survey

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | With less than a month left before the federal Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) closes the window on public comment, advocates for LGBTQ seniors are claiming partial victory against the Trump administration’s original plan to “erase” the community’s elders from an annual government survey of older Americans. According to […]

New Year’s Eve, 11th Hour Assault on Transgender Health

New Year’s Eve, 11th Hour Assault on Transgender Health

BY ARTHUR S. LEONARD | In an 11th-hour action, US District Judge Reed O’Connor issued a December 31 nationwide preliminary injunction barring the federal government from enforcing part of a new regulation scheduled to go into effect on New Year’s Day that would have interpreted the prohibition on discrimination because of sex under the Affordable […]

HIPAA Mystery at Harlem United

HIPAA Mystery at Harlem United

BY DUNCAN OSBORNE | In October of 2013, two outreach workers from the New York Harm Reduction Educators (NYHRE) were walking past a Harlem United housing facility on Lexington Avenue and they came upon a dumpster on the sidewalk that they said held records including “the full name, HIV diagnosis, secondary diagnosis of MAI, medication list, […]