Dec. 3, 2013 - Full Implementation of the Affordable Care Act Critical in Fighting the HIV and AIDS Epidemic this World AIDS Day
Rapid HIV Tests Offered at All 17 Planned Parenthood Keystone Health Centers
Trexlertown — Thanks to the Affordable Care Act, millions of Americans living with HIV and AIDS are now eligible for health insurance coverage, and can no longer be denied coverage due to ‘pre-existing condition.’ Planned Parenthood Keystone (PPKey) is working with community agencies to raise awareness about this fact about the ACA, and that as a Certified Applications Counselor organization, it is prepared to enroll the uninsured into insurance plans.
Health care providers like Planned Parenthood Keystone play a critical role in providing women, men and young people access to sex education, counseling and HIV testing. Planned Parenthood also helps patients who need additional care to connect with trusted, quality resources.
Last spring, Planned Parenthood Keystone began offering Rapid HIV tests, quickly expanding it to all health centers in its service area. Of course, PPKey continues to provide birth control and other preventive health services in addition to breast and cervical cancer screenings. Planned Parenthood is working hard to increase access to health coverage under Medicaid because it is the single largest source of coverage for people with HIV living in the United States. “PPKey is committed to fighting for all people to be part of a healthy, AIDS-free generation, no matter who they are; no matter where they live; no matter their sexual orientation,” said Kim Custer, President & CEO Planned Parenthood Keystone.
“On December 1st, we join partners in the U.S. and around the world in renewing our commitment to ensuring that women, men, and young people in the hardest to reach communities are able to receive the information and health care they need to lead healthy and productive lives,” concluded Custer.Dec. 3, 2013 - Planned Parenthood Keystone supports PPFA and PPLM Filing a Buffer Zone Brief
Similar to Harrisburg’s Law Protecting Women’s Privacy and the Public’s Safety
Harrisburg, PA — Planned Parenthood Federation of America (PPFA) and Planned Parenthood League of Massachusetts (PPLM)filed an amicus brief in McCullen v. Coakley, a case before the U.S. Supreme Court. The case seeks to overturn a Massachusetts law designed to protect public safety, patient privacy, and free speech rights outside reproductive health care centers by creating a 35-foot buffer zone where no protests or demonstrations are permitted during the health center’s business hours, regardless of points of view being expressed. Harrisburg City Council passed a similar buffer zone law in 2012 that protects patients, staff and visitors to the Planned Parenthood Keystone’s health center on Second Street. Before passing the buffer zone law, protesters followed patients to their cars, and verbally assaulted them. The law puts a 20-foot barrier around the building to allow access to the facility while still allowing protesters to exercise their right to free speech.
The 2007 law in Massachusetts is similar, striking a balance between the First Amendment rights and the right to access health care in a safe environment. Opponents seek to overturn the law though it has been upheld twice by the U.S. District Court for Massachusetts, and twice by the First Circuit Court of Appeals.
“We cannot go back to a time when women in Massachusetts are routinely harassed and intimidated while trying to access the health care they need,” said Martha Walz, President/CEO of the Planned Parenthood League of Massachusetts. This echoes similar comments from Planned Parenthood Keystone’s President/CEO Kim Custer who said in 2007, “Separating patients and staff from protesters will help stem violence.”
The Harrisburg buffer zone law vote was unanimous. Any violation would bring up to 30 days in jail and fines ranging from $50 to more than $300 based on the number of repeat offenses. The U.S. Supreme Court will hear McCullen v. Coakley during its 2013-2014 session.
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December 1st is World AIDS Day. Planned Parenthood is fighting to create the healthiest generation ever, a key piece of which is HIV prevention, testing, and treatment.
We have come a long way in the fight against HIV/AIDS; yet the epidemic continues to affect millions of people around the world and in the U.S., with some communities impacted more than others. That’s why Planned Parenthood is fighting for the "Healthiest Generation Ever" at home and globally by working to increase access to education and health care—the foundation of preventing the spread of HIV/AIDS and reversing the course of the epidemic.
As the nation’s leading women’s health care provider and advocate, Planned Parenthood is committed to reducing the impact of the HIV/AIDS epidemic by providing non-judgmental, comprehensive, high-quality reproductive health care to all women, men, and young people and fully implementing the Affordable Care Act.
In honor of World AIDS Day, Dec. 1, we are conducting several events throughout our affiliate. Please stop by and say hello.
11/27 1-2pm Opportunity House Berks WAD Program at Homeless Shelter
12/2 11-1pm Elizabethtown College Lancaster WAD Tabling
12/4 2:30-4pm Truman High School’s GSA Bucks HIV/AIDS Program
12/4 5:30-7:30pm The SPECTRUM Berks WAD Program
12/4 6-8pm Rainbow Room Bucks WAD Program
12/5 6-8pm THE CURVE York WAD Program
Oct. 16, 2013 - Berks County (BCTV) Television interview featuring PPKey Educator, Amber Brown (last 30 minutes of 60 minute show) speaking about Diversity in our community.
Oct. 15, 2013 - Bucks County, PA October, Planned Parenthood Keystone received a grant at the October (2013) board meeting of FACT Bucks County to assist with delivering Rapid HIV testing to Bucks County residents.
Oct. 11, 2013 - FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Selina Winchester p: 610-628-0609 (Trexlertown, PA) – Today is National Coming Out Day, observed annually to celebrate lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and questioning (LGBTQ) identities and to raise awareness of the issues facing these communities – and Planned Parenthood Keystone is taking this opportunity to remind everyone of the importance of nonjudgmental, high-quality health care. Planned Parenthood Keystone believes that all people deserve exceptional and affordable health care, no matter who they are and no matter where they live,” said Kim Custer, President/CEO of Planned Parenthood Keystone. “We believe that when people are truly cared for, they make their lives, their families, and their communities better and healthier.”Members of the LGBTQ community face greater obstacles to obtaining and benefiting from sexual and reproductive health services than non-LGBTQ people. In addition to high rates of stress due to systematic harassment and discrimination which has been shown to affect physical and mental health, LGBTQ people face low rates of health insurance coverage, high rates of HIV/AIDS and cancer, and high rates of discrimination from medical providers. When it comes to health care, a nonjudgmental and supportive provider makes the conversation about care easier to have. Planned Parenthood Keystone is proud to provide three LGBTQ programs for youth and allies facilitated by trained sexuality educators where conversations are had in nonjudgmental settings: • THE CURVE – York York County • Spectrum – in Reading, Berks County • The Rainbow Room – in Doylestown, Bucks County. These programs allow youth to get the information and support they need to make healthy decisions and feel comfortable in their identities,” concluded Custer.
Oct. 8, 2013 - Feature story in the Reading Eagle about The Spectrum, one of the three LGBTQA youth groups offered to area youth by PPKey.
September 29, 2013 - Lancaster Intelligencer Journal - A look back at the 20 year anniversary of Lancaster medical center fire bombing.
July 21, 2013 - Carlisle The Sentinel - PPKey announced closing of Carlisle medical center. Patients are referred to either the Harrisburg, Gettysburg, Chambersburg or York Planned Parenthood medical centers.