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NOV22

Congress's Budget Battles Could Leave Ending the HIV Epidemic Funding Out In the Cold

In what is fast becoming a holiday tradition, the Republican-held Senate passed a short-term continuing resolution (CR) by a 74-20 vote on Thursday afternoon to avoid a government shutdown ahead of the November 21 deadline that was established by the previous CR, which was enacted in late September. The stopgap funding measure that was approved by the Senate had originated in the Democratic-led House, where it passed on a largely party line vote on Tuesday. The CR, which was signed by President Trump late Thursday night, will keep the government afloat at current Fiscal Year 2019 spending levels until December 20.

Posted By: AIDS United, Policy Department - Friday, November 22, 2019


NOV22

Honoring Active Young Thrivers and Long-Term Survivors on World AIDS Day


Posted By: Jesse Milan, Jr., President & CEO, AIDS United - Friday, November 22, 2019


NOV15

Another Continuing Resolution Looks Likely As Federal Funding Talks Slowly Move Forward

Congressional and White House leadership are inching towards a deal for funding the federal government in fiscal year 2020, with just four legislative days remaining until the continuing resolution (CR) currently funding the government at extended fiscal year 2019 levels expires on November 21. While details of the spending negotiations have not yet been made public, the news that appropriators are optimistic about reaching a deal is a welcome and hopeful change.

Posted By: AIDS United, Policy Department - Friday, November 15, 2019


NOV15

Firing Of Kansas Man Living With HIV Shows We Have a Long Way to Go to End HIV Discrimination

When Armando Gutierrez, a 31-year-old employee from The Big Biscuit in Overland Park, Kansas told his boss he was HIV-positive, he never expected to be fired from his job. According to a complaint filed with the U.S. District Court for the District of Kansas, Gutierrez had been working as a server at The Big Biscuit for a year when he was diagnosed with HIV in December 2018. The suit claims Gutierrez lost his job shortly after he disclosed his status with a manager

Posted By: AIDS United, Policy Department - Friday, November 15, 2019


NOV15

Who Owns the Rights to PrEP? The Courts Will Be the Judge of That

For well over a year HIV advocates, the federal government, and the pharmaceutical industry have been engaged in intense debate around a set of arcane and complicated issues concerning the U.S. patent system and the development of medications for preventing the transmission of HIV. However, while the ins and outs of U.S. patent law are extensive, the central issue being discussed has always been fairly straightforward: does the federal government properly own the patent rights for use of Truvada for Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) because taxpayer funded research proved it could be used as a vital HIV prevention strategy?

Posted By: AIDS United, Policy Department - Friday, November 15, 2019


NOV08

Progress on Appropriations Slows to a Crawl

With only eight full legislative days left for Congress before the current continuing resolution (CR) expires on November 21, lawmakers have still yet to reach a deal for funding the federal government in 2020

Posted By: AIDS United, Policy Department - Friday, November 08, 2019


NOV08

Trump Administration Gives Green Light to LGBTQ Discrimination at HHS

Last week, the Trump administration made a formal announcement that it would no longer be enforcing existing regulations from the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) established during President Obama’s second term prohibiting discrimination within HHS-funded programs based on sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, or religion. The proposed new rule directly undermines President Trump’s Ending the HIV Epidemic: A Plan for America earlier this year. It additionally undermines the trust that leadership at HHS have requested from the HIV community in the rollout of the plan.

Posted By: AIDS United, Policy Department - Friday, November 08, 2019


NOV01

Another Continuing Resolution Looms on the Horizon as Appropriations Struggles Continue

With the continuing resolution (CR) that is currently funding the government expiring in three weeks, House and Senate appropriators are under increasing pressure to reach an agreement on either a set of full appropriations bills, or another CR. Given the wide gulf between the House and Senate appropriations bills and the amount of time being devoted to impeachment proceedings, it is expected that a new CR will be signed that would keep the government funded and running at last year's spending levels, although the length of that CR is still uncertain. Privately, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA-12) through as late as March 2020. With that being said, appropriators in Congress are still working diligently.

Posted By: AIDS United, Policy Department - Friday, November 01, 2019


NOV01

Newly Elected Members of Congress Educate & Advocate for Syringe Services Programs

This week, Representatives Donna Shalala (D-FL-27) and Mary Gay Scanlon (D-PA-5) tried to elevate the need for swift action to support syringe services programs (SSPs) by hosting a briefing for members of the newly formed Freshmen Working Group on Addiction, a bipartisan effort among newly elected members of Congress to promote policies to end the overdose crisis in this United States. AIDS United has the details.

Posted By: AIDS United, Policy Department - Friday, November 01, 2019


OCT28

Preparing for a Natural Disaster in the HIV Community: Essential Response Plans and Tools


Posted By: Shannon Wyss - Monday, October 28, 2019



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