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The AFFORDABLE CARE ACT
Where to go for information and help

From the LIAAC Challenge • Summer 2014 • Written by Maria Beccari

In 2013 Americans were introduced to the Affordable Care Act. This was by no means an easy introduction. With it brought confusion, concern, and questions — lots of questions. The United States Government and the State of New York have been working overtime to shine a guiding light on the process to make it as easy as possible. Requiring health insurance for every American hasn’t been an easy transition and there have been many bumps in the road. However, there are resources and people available to help answer your questions and guide you. If you’re one of the millions of Americans who doesn’t have insurance because it’s not offered at work, past insurance prices were astronomical, pre-existing conditions disqualified you, or you just never thought about it, here’s your opportunity to have affordable insurance.

New York Residents can find information and answers to their questions on affordable health care at HeathCare.gov or nystateofhealth.ny.gov. When you visit the HeathCare.gov website you will find information on coverage rights and protections and even preview plans. The plans are tiered in Bronze, Silver, Gold and Platinum categories. Each of those categories brings with it a different level of coverage and required deductible and co-pay, with Bronze carrying with it the lowest monthly payments, but higher deductible and co-pay. Platinum being the premium service for a higher cost but minimal to no out-of-pocket expenses when using the insurance. You, as the consumer, need to research your options and pick what best fits your needs and income level. At the nystateofhealth.ny.gov website, New Yorkers from every region of the state can visit to price out the many different plans that are available to them. Depending on your income level and the number of individuals in your household, you may even qualify for some type of financial help. Once you visit the site and begin the application process you will be asked numerous questions which will help determine the type of help you are eligible for and what plans you qualify for. You will also find resources that can connect you to individuals who can help you sign up for plans and answer your questions.

NY State is one of only 15 States that invested time and resources to create its State Run Health Exchange (nystateofhealth.gov) to benefit all of their residents. Because of this dedication by NY State government to its residents and the courage to do what’s morally right, ALL New Yorkers have the option to purchase affordable and reasonable health insurance plans spanning all economic tiers and the offer of State supplied monetary subsidies to qualified individuals who are experiencing economic hardship. Thank you to NY State for viewing residents as an asset and not a burden.

You as a consumer now have the right to have insurance that is affordable and carries with it the guarantee to cover–for free–important preventive services such as blood pressure, cholesterol, diabetes (type 2) and depression screenings, as well as wellness visits, diet counseling, certain immunizations and more. Take the time to visit these sites and see what is available to you, and take control of your health.
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LIAAC PRIDE
Going out into the community

From the LIAAC Challenge • Summer 2014 • Written by Maria Beccari

Every year all throughout Long Island people can find numerous events and gatherings celebrating gay pride. For close to 30 years, LIAAC has proudly been a part of those events. One of the largest events held each year is the Huntington Gay Pride Parade and Festival, held this year on Sunday, June 14, 2014 and LIAAC was there in force. After a colorful display of solidarity at the parade from various businesses, agencies and clubs supporting the gay community, the festivities move over into Huntington‘s Heckscher Park. Amid the dozens of booths moved a wave of thousands of attendees, browsing the offerings at each one while enjoying the free music on the main stage. LIAAC staff manned their booth with enthusiasm as they engaged the crowd while giving away small tokens with our hotline information and handing out important literature on HIV/AIDS, Hep C and other infectious diseases. LIAAC staff made themselves readily available to answer any questions visitors to their booth may have had and offered FREE HIV testing to anyone interested. LIAAC is a proud supporter of the LGBT community and is always available to anyone through their FREE HOTLINE at 1-877-865-4222.
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COMING OUT IN THE NFL
The story of Michael Sam

(Introduction Only)

From the BiasHELP Community Voices • Summer 2014 • Written by Maria Beccari

Michael Sam, Defensive End for the St. Louis Rams, was born on Jan 7, 1990 in Galveston, Texas. His story begins in Texas, playing Defensive End and Offensive Tackle for Hitchcock High School. After a highly successful four years and scholarship offers from numerous high profile universities throughout the country, this All-American chose to make the University of Missouri his home for the next four years of his career. Michael Sam continued his impressive run from 2009-2013 accumulating numerous honors and an impressive record. In August of 2013, prior to his graduation from the University of Missouri, Michael Sam courageously came out as gay to his fellow teammates. In the 2014 NFL Draft, as a 7th Round Draft pick for the St. Louis Rams, Michael Sam overcame a long up and down ordeal, to become the first openly gay football player ever drafted into the NFL.
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SAVE THE DATE
Chef's Secrets 7

From the LIAAC Challenge • Fall 2011 • Written by Maria Beccari

Mark Sunday, November 13, 2011 on your calendar for Chef’s Secrets, a celebration of food and wine, once again held at the beautiful de Seversky Mansion in Old Westbury. This year marks the 7th anniversary of this very popular and entertainment-filled fundraiser, produced by the Long Island Network of Community Services, Inc. (LINCS) to benefit the Long Island Association for AIDS Care, Inc. (LIAAC), and BiasHELP, Inc. Prepare to be dazzled by some of Long Island’s Top Chefs from first-class restaurants and award winning culinary schools throughout Long Island, as they create a variety of mouth-watering specialty dishes right in front of your eyes. The chefs will be on hand to talk about their creations and perhaps even reveal some of their secret ingredients and techniques. For the at-home culinary adventurer, daring enough to try to recreate their favorite dish of choice in their own kitchen, recipe cards will be available, which include detailed step-by-step instructions. Complimenting the fine cuisine will be a variety of pallet-pleasing wines from Long Island’s finest wineries and assorted spirits from top-notch beverage houses. If you are one of the many who prefer dessert, we have a scrumptious spread for you. You will be able to sample decadent confections, cookies and cakes expertly crafted by some of Long Island’s most skillful chocolatiers and pastry chefs. Once your appetites are satiated, guests can find themselves further engaged by the very popular Chinese Auction with its numerous baskets filled with unique and exotic items. For those with a more champagne taste, the Silent Auction, which touts some very ritzy and glamorous items, might bring out the high stakes gambler within. Back by popular demand, are the much sought after Mystery Boxes. Last year the Mystery Boxes were snatched up in record time, so this year more boxes will be on hand for you to claim. “What is in the box?”, you ask; well if you look closely, some very clever clues may peak your curiosity. This year Chef’s Secrets promises to be bigger and better than ever and we look forward to having you attend this year’s event. For more information, please visit the Chef’s Secrets website at http://www.chefssecrets.org or follow Chef’s Secrets on Facebook.
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THE 4TH ANNUAL CLIENT SUMMER PARTY

From the LIAAC Challenge • Fall 2011 • Written by Maria Beccari

Not even the threat of Hurricane Irene the weekend of the 4th Annual Client Summer Par ty could keep the festivities from happening. This year’s event, which was held Friday, August 26, 2011, from 3:30-7:30 p.m. in the LINCS Community Center, turned out to be a smashing success, which brought smiles to many of the clients that LIAAC proudly serves. Prior to the beginning of the event, a Consumer Advisory Council Meeting was held for clients. This meeting gives the clients a forum to provide their input to the LIAAC staff on the many programs offered by LIAAC. Once the business end of things came to a close the festivities began. The weather outside was made to order; the sun shined and the breeze was just enough to cool off those who chose to participate in the many outdoor activities that were offered. Outside, a DJ had the kids and adults entertained throughout the event. The LIAAC staff kept the kids further entertained with games such as a balloon toss, an egg rolling contest and a scavenger hunt. While the outdoor scene was one of fun and games, the indoor scene was no less exciting. Inside, a bounce house was the center of attention; here you could find many children flying through the air, smiling and laughing. For those who preferred a more sedate form of entertainment, a popular summer kids blockbuster movie was shown in the community center. To keep the guests fueled and energized for the days offering of fun, a delicious picnic style meal was served up by the LIAAC staff. BBQ favorites such as hotdogs, hamburgers, pulled pork and chicken fingers filled many a plate along with the always-loved Italian hero and traditional fixings. The many desserts and Carvel ice cream sandwiches were a perfect topper to a day filled with fun, good company and excellent weather. After everyone got their fill of good food and wonderful desserts, the adults got to participate in a fun event tailored just for them. Tickets were handed out to the adult guests, which were then used to participate in a Chinese Auction. The room was abuzz as the winner’s claimed wonderful gifts such as bowling passes, movie tickets, TJ Maxx and Best Yet gift cards, all donated by local merchants. Before the evening drew to a final close, the children were presented with backpacks donated by the United Jewish Foundation. The backpacks were filled with numerous school supplies donated by the Brooke Jackman Foundation. These generous donations made for an exciting ending to the event and the delightful smiles of the children were proof of the importance and success of the day. It is important to note that in addition to the games, food, and numerous festivities, the day also offered an important educational aspect. Clients had a chance to interact one on one with many of the LIAAC staff, who made themselves readily available to answer questions and concerns of any attendee. The major offering was an information packed nutritional workshop held for anyone interested in expanding their knowledge of the importance of food and a healthy diet, with advice and instructions given by a registered dietician. Related literature was made available on this, along with literature on other health issues. LIAAC works tirelessly to bring its clients the best care and services possible, including events like the summer party where kids and parents can come and be enter tained in a clean, safe and friendly environment. We are grateful to the many participants who volunteered their time, resources and services for this year’s event. If you would like to assist with donations or drives, please call our agency hotline at 1-877-TO-LIAAC (1-877-865-4222).
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Short News Flash Articles


From the LIAAC Challenge • Summer 2014 • Written by Maria Beccari

LIAAC WANTS TO KNOW WHAT YOU THINK
The Consumer Advisory Council (CAC)

On June 27, 2014 LIAAC held their Consumer Advisory Council meeting to get feedback from current clients on LIAAC’s services and what opinions they have on the services LIAAC renders. This meeting is held 4 times a year and the turnout to this session was very successful. All clients who attended offered up some very useful feedback. The session ended with a light lunch and social so clients could share stories and network with each other. If you are interested in joining the Consumer Advisory Council, please contact the Hotline at 1-877-865-4222.

LIAAC REACHES OUT WITH WALGREENS
The healthy Relationships Workshop in June

On June 23, 2014 LIAAC held their Healthy Relationships workshop at the East Meadow Walgreens. The aim of this program is to build coping skills to reduce stress when HIV positive individuals decide to disclose their HIV status. Those who attended and completed all sessions enjoyed refreshments as well as received food vouchers and certificates of completion. Keep an eye out at LIAAC.org for future meetings.

NATIONAL HIV TESTING DAY WITH WALGREENS
The LIAAC staff covers the ISLAND

June 27, 2014 was National HIV Testing Day and the LIAAC and TriCare staff were out making contact with the public offering FREE testing at various locations throughout Long Island. In conjunction with Walgreens, LIAAC and TriCare staff set up shop for the day at the Walgeens stores in Hicksville and Hempstead where they greeted the customers with welcoming smiles and some very informative literature. The LIAAC staff were available to answer any questions the visitors to their table had, and each person was offered the chance to take a FREE HIV test. Visit LIAAC.org to find out about future testing events and locations where we will be set up.
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From the LIAAC Challenge • Spring 2013 • Written by Maria Beccari

CHEF’S SECRETS 8: THE PARTY GOES ON
January 27, 2013

Superstorm Sandy may have put a dampener on the originally scheduled date of Chef’s Secrets, but it certainly wasn’t able to put a stop to this spectacular event. The LINCS staff met the challenge head on and with enthusiastic energy set off to bring this event to its fruition. Now all the pieces have finally fallen into place and the stage has been set once again. Chef’s Secrets 8 get’s its day! Sunday, January 27, 2013 was a spectacular night. Read all about it in the next informative issue, but in the mean time check out the website for information on Chef’s Secrets 9 at chefssecrets.org! So make a note and come join us for great food, outstanding entertainment, auctions and a 50/50 raffle on Sunday, November 3, 2013. We hope to see you there.

PRESTIGIOUS GRANT WON BY LIAAC
5 Year SAMHSA GRANT awarded to Project Safety Net

LIAAC was awarded a SAMHSA Grant of $500k each year for the next 5 years. This highly competitive and highly regarded Grant was received with excitement at the LIAAC offices. The Grant will help continue the very important and desperately needed services of Project Safety Net. LIAAC clients will be able to benefit from the grant through continued HIV/HCV testing and treatment options. The grant also helps those in desperate need of treatment for substance abuse. Congratulations to a job well done!

WORLD AIDS DAY: PRESS RELEASE
December 1, 2012

On December 1, 2012 LIAAC published a Press Release which supported the goal of “Getting to Zero” and embraced the theme of the 2012 anniversary of “Working Together for an AIDS-Free Generation”. The Press Release was filled with important statistics and findings which served to remind the reader that the “epidemic is far from over”. LIAAC reached out to the community with testing and education initiatives. To read the full Press Release, please visit the LIAAC website at LIAAC.org and view the publications page.

VISUAL EFFECT
July 22 - July 27, 2012

LIAAC was chosen to present at the 2012 International AIDS Conference with their colleagues from SAMHSA. To be chosen to present at the event is an honor that is not handed out lightly. In addition, LIAAC was chosen to create a visual presentation poster which is bestowed upon only a select few of the presenters at the conference. LIAAC was thrilled to be chosen for this prestigious undertaking. You can read more about the conference and its success on page 5. Click here to view the 5' x 8' poster designed by Maria Beccari

BACKPACK DONATION: A+ FOR KIDS
Winter 2012

LIAAC was the recipient of a large donation of backpacks chock-full of school supplies, from two very generous benefactors. These backpacks were split up and handed out to two extremely deserving groups. The first group receiving the backpacks were the children of LIAAC clients. The second group of children were those who lost most of their possessions during Superstorm Sandy. These children still have many obstacles they must overcome, but going to school prepared can at least be a burden they don’t need to worry about.
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