Advocacy Updates & Action


Time-Sensitive HIV/AIDS Call to Action!

Friday’s World AIDS Day event in NYC was an exciting moment in New York State’s effort to end our HIV/AIDS epidemic by 2020. New HIV diagnoses in New York State have decreased to historic lows and we have demonstrated major progress toward achieving our ETE goals. All of you are part of this progress! In honor of World AIDS Day, I’m asking YOU to make calls to State and federal representatives this week so that we can get to the finish line and end New York’s AIDS epidemic. 1. Call Governor Cuomo and Commissioner Roberts to ask them to increase access to rental ...

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Register to Vote: What Do You Have To Lose?

"What do you have to lose?" Presidential candidate Donald Trump’s question, posed to African American voters in a speech at the end of August, loops in my mind like a commercial jingle. However, I don’t want it out of my head. On the eve of the first debate, and less than two months before the presidential election, I’m focused on one critical response: No matter your political party or candidate of choice, you could lose everything if you don’t exercise your right to vote, regardless of your race or ethnicity. I know, "everything" sounds extreme. But our ability ...

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Dr. Vera Goes to Albany to Advocate for Hepatitis C Treatment

Did you know that since new medications became available in 2014, Harlem United has cured over 50 clients living with Hepatitis C? Yet according to Dr. Vera Antonios, Harlem United's Director of Adult Medicine, many clients are repeatedly denied access to these life-saving medications by their health insurance providers: Our biggest challenge is procuring authorization for the medication from insurance providers. The majority of our clients are enrolled in New York State Medicaid managed care plans. Some insurance plans continue to deny clients treatment despite ...

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Harlem United’s Dr. Vera Antonios Calls for Universal Access to Hepatitis C Medications

The following testimony was delivered by Dr. Vera Antonios at a meeting of the New York State Medicaid Drug Utilization Review Board on April 27, 2016 in Albany. Since its founding in 1988, Harlem United has grown to serve over 16,000 clients per year by providing quality healthcare, housing, and social services. The vast majority of our clients are socioeconomically disadvantaged people of color living in Harlem and the South Bronx who are Homeless or unstably housed, in extreme poverty, and living with HIV/AIDS and/or other chronic conditions such as Hepatitis ...

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