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Daphne Saneholtz Discusses ACA Repeal and Effects on Ohioans

COLUMBUS, Ohio - The latest roadblock in efforts to dismantle the Affordable Care Act has many Ohioans living with HIV and AIDS relieved, but still concerned about what's next. The Senate's failure to repeal and replace the ACA is a victory for many of the 1.2 million people living with HIV in the United States, including Dennis Billingsly of Akron. He said the ACA improved access to medical care and treatments for people with HIV. And he said it's been stressful to watch lawmakers work to destroy those protections.

"You've got millions of people - the stress alone - worrying about what will happen with the health care. That alone can make a person ill, it can actually kill them,” Billingsly said. "We've got a foothold on this disease, a foothold on other diseases. Let's not turn the clock back. Let's move forward."

According to the HIV Medical Association, the uninsured rate dropped by 4 percent for people with HIV across the country, and 6 percent in Medicaid expansion states one year after the ACA was implemented.

Bills debated in Congress would have undermined some of the essential health benefits covered under the Affordable Care Act, and led to coverage denials and unfair premiums for people with HIV.

Billingsly said continued health care coverage is crucial to his continued prognosis.

"In my situation - with the diabetes, high blood pressure, the chronic asthma - it has to be controlled, it has to be monitored,” he explained. "So it's a whole host of other disease that come along with this."

Daphne Saneholtz, chief public policy and government relations officer at Equitas Health, which provides HIV and AIDS treatment, noted that the ACA is not perfect. But she said GOP leaders and the White House are sending the wrong messages.

"The Affordable Care Act is not devastating to Americans. The Affordable Care Act, in fact, has given the opportunity for affordable, high-quality health insurance to tens of millions of people who otherwise would not have had access to insurance,” Saneholtz said. She added that, moving forward, lawmakers need to discuss bipartisan, common sense solutions for health care reform that will not reverse progress made in improving health outcomes and reducing new HIV infections.

Dallas Law Firm Libby Sparks Willis Starnes Joins BMD Business Family

The business law firm of Brennan, Manna, Diamond (BMD) – with over 75 attorneys and eight offices across the country, has announced its first south-central U.S. location with the acquisition of Dallas law firm Libby Sparks Willis and Starnes (LSWS). LSWS is a team of trusted advisors practicing in the areas of M&A, Commercial Litigation, Construction, Finance, Intellectual Property, Estate Planning and Taxation. The LSWS firm includes seven attorneys and four paralegals with offices located in the University Park area of Dallas, Texas.

Work Environment Industry Leaders Join to Create Akros Network

Four industry leading firms that specialize in the critical building blocks of successful organizations have formed a network giving employers one place to go for answers to high-risk workplace issues including security and safety measures, ethics and fraud reporting, human resources compliance and employment law training, crisis and issues communication and more.

BMD Assists Olympic Steel on Recent Acquisitions

BMD recently assisted client Olympic Steel on two deals.

BMD Client Eating Recovery Center and Pathlight Mood & Anxiety Center Announce New Partners

BMD President and Healthcare Member Matthew Heinle advised Eating Recovery Center as they announce new partners

David Scott & Amanda Waesch Promoted to Vice President Roles as Part of Continued Succession Planning

Brennan, Manna and Diamond (BMD), an entrepreneurial business law firm with six offices in Ohio and Florida, has promoted Columbus Office Managing Partner David Scott and Executive Committee Member Amanda Waesch to the position of Vice President.