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August 11, 2016

Governor Baker Signs Historic Law Requiring Treatment for HIV-Associated Lipodystrophy

On August 10, Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker signed into law An Act Relative to HIV-Associated Lipodystrophy Syndrome Treatment, which will go into effect November 9. This first-of-its-kind legislation, sponsored by Senator Mark Montigny and Representative Sarah Peake, requires public and …

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August 1, 2016

MA Legislature Passes Insurance Mandate to Cover HIV-Associated Lipodystrophy

The Massachusetts House and Senate approved a bill late last night requiring insurance coverage for the treatment of HIV-related lipodystrophy. An Act Relative to HIV-associated Lipodystrophy Syndrome Treatment, sponsored by Representative Sarah Peake and Senator Mark Montigny, mandates that …

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July 14, 2016

Phill Wilson Black AIDS Institute Founder & President to Receive GLAD’s 2016 Spirit of Justice

Phill Wilson, founder and President of the Black AIDS Institute, and an early voice on HIV in the Black community, will be the recipient of GLBTQ Legal Advocates & Defenders’ 2016 Spirit of Justice Award. 

“We could not be more pleased to honor Phill Wilson, whose work and example has been …

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February 25, 2016

Treat Lipodystrophy Coalition Cheers MA Senate Approval of Bill to Cover Treatment

The Treat Lipodystrophy Coalition (TLC) applauded the Massachusetts Senate’s unanimous approval today of S 2137, which requires insurance coverage for the treatment of HIV-related lipodystrophy. TLC, led by GLBTQ Legal Advocates & Defenders (GLAD) and AIDS Action Committee, is a coalition of people …

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December 2, 2015

Preliminary Injunction Stops Barnstable from Shutting Down Hyannis Needle Distribution Program

Declaring that AIDS Support Group of Cape Cod’s (ASGCC) needle access program “saves lives,” a Superior Court judge, in a first-of-its kind ruling, issued a preliminary injunction against the town of Barnstable, which had tried to shut down a needle distribution program run by the group in …

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November 10, 2015

Barnstable Sued for Blocking Legal, Life-Saving Needle Distribution Program

Update: The judge has granted ASGCC's motion for a temporary restraining order to bar the town from enforcing the "cease and desist" order as the case proceeds. 

Today in Barnstable Superior Court, AIDS Support Group of Cape Cod (ASGCC) filed suit against Barnstable for preventing the group from …

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October 21, 2015

Testimony in Support of Treatment for HIV-Related Lipodystrophy

The Massachusetts Joint Committee on Financial Services heard testimony Tuesday in support of a bill which would mandate insurance coverage for the treatment of lipodystrophy.

GLAD AIDS Law Project Director Ben Klein testifies in support of An Act Relative to HIV-Associated Lipodystrophy …

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September 16, 2015

GLAD Files Suit Against Mutual of Omaha for Denying Gay Man Insurance Because of Truvada

Today, Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders (GLAD) filed a claim with the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination (MCAD) charging that Mutual of Omaha Insurance Company discriminated when it denied a gay man long term care insurance because he is taking Truvada.  Truvada, a form of PrEP or …

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June 25, 2015

GLAD Applauds Upholding of Subsidies in Affordable Care Act in King v. Burwell

With the Supreme Court’s affirmation of King v. Burwell, Janson Wu, Executive Director of Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders (GLAD) issued the following statement:

“This is a terrific and just outcome for people across the U.S. who will not face additional barriers to obtaining the health care …

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February 26, 2015

GLAD Testifies in Opposition to Proposed HIV Criminalization Legislation in Rhode Island

GLAD AIDS Law Project Director and Senior Staff Attorney Ben Klein testified before the Rhode Island House Judiciary Committee February 24 in opposition to H 5245, An Act Related to Criminal Offenses - Criminal Transmission of HIV, proposed legislation that would criminalize failure to disclose HIV …

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