Texas: Advocacy Day Brings HIV Issues to the Legislature
March 4, 2013
HIV-infected volunteers from Houston and Dallas gathered in Austin, Texas, Monday, March 4, to share with legislators how HIV/AIDS programming has helped them to survive HIV for decades. Januari Leo, public affairs field specialist for Houston's Legacy Community Health Services, organized HIV Advocacy Day to encourage Texas legislators to accept Medicaid expansion and to pass Texas House Bill (HB) 1119. Sponsored by Rep. Yvonne Davis (D-Dallas), HB1119 would mandate insurance coverage for HIV testing and establish HIV testing as routine medical care; individuals could opt out of HIV testing. Texas Governor Rick Perry has opposed Medicaid expansion.
This article was provided by U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. It is a part of the publication CDC HIV/Hepatitis/STD/TB Prevention News Update. Visit the CDC's website to find out more about their activities, publications and services.
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