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President’s 2018 Budget Threatens Access to Care and Quality of Life for People Living With HIV

On Tuesday May 23rd, President Trump’s first full budget request served as a disturbing reminder of the President’s true priorities: cutting taxes for the rich and bolstering war spending on the backs of low-income and underserved people. The budget also exemplifies the President’s lack of consistency and vision, with cuts to the Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program that contradict his skinny budget’s assertion that HHS would, “fund the highest priorities, such as health services through community health centers and Ryan White HIV/AIDS providers.

Posted By: AIDS United, Policy Department - Friday, May 26, 2017


With First Budget, President Trump Cuts a Gaping Hole in the Safety Net

During his campaign, Donald Trump vowed that he would not cut Medicaid, Medicare of Social Security if he were to become President. Now, in his first fully fleshed out budget since taking office, President Trump has gone back on his word and the some, espousing a reprehensible series of cuts to safety net programs and placing millions of Americans at tremendous risk.

Posted By: AIDS United, Policy Department - Friday, May 26, 2017


Expanded “Global Gag Rule” Threatens Global HIV/AIDS Progress

Under previous Republican administrations, the Mexico City Policy, or "Global Gag Rule", has been an extremely harmful, ideologically driven policy that withheld global health assistance for family planning programs to any foreign NGO that provides abortion services, counsels or refers clients to abortion services, or in any way advocates for laws permitting abortion. The Trump administration has multiplied the devastating impact of the Global Gag Rule 15-fold, expanding the funding ban to virtually all US global health assistance, placing the progress against the HIV epidemic in the developing world over a decade at risk.

Posted By: AIDS United, Policy Department - Friday, May 19, 2017


With 133 Days Until Current Government Funding Runs Out, Crafting FY 2018 Spending Begins

If all goes according to plan, President Trump’s FY 18 budget will be released on May 23rd. That document will detail the dramatic domestic cuts and $54 billion military boost the White House proposed in March. A president’s budget traditionally serves as a benchmark for lawmakers to begin to formulate spending bills for funding the government starting Oct. 1. We wait with baited breath for what President Trump’s budget will propose.

Posted By: AIDS United, Policy Department - Friday, May 19, 2017


As Congress Starts Work On A New Budget, Concerns Over Public Health Cuts Loom Large

What does the future of HIV funding look like in the next fiscal year? The short answer is that it’s difficult to tell at this early stage, but it doesn’t look good. With the Trump administration reportedly planning to make $800 billion in cuts to entitlement programs like Medicaid, HIV advocates need to prepare for a long battle over the FY18 budget.

Posted By: AIDS United, Policy Department - Friday, May 12, 2017


HIV Funding In Congressional Spending Package A Small Step In The Right Direction

Over 7 months after it officially began, Congress has finally passed spending package for Fiscal Year 2017. Both Republican and Democratic lawmakers can find aspects of the FY17 funding bill to claim as victories and others they would just as soon forget, and the same goes for their constituencies. For us here at AIDS United, the funding bill that keeps the federal government open through September is cause for a guarded optimism going forward into Fiscal Year 2018.

Posted By: AIDS United, Policy Department - Friday, May 05, 2017


Faced With Another Government Shutdown, Congress Looks To Kick The Budgetary Can Again

As it did in September and December of last year, Congress has once again waited until the 11th hour to put its fiscal house in order and ensure the government does not go unfunded. But, now that a short term continuing resolution has been passed to give appropriators another week to hash out the details of an Fiscal year 2017 spending package, is an omnibus spending bill finally within reach?

Posted By: AIDS United, Policy Department - Friday, April 28, 2017


Health Care Bill that Worsens HIV Care to be Voted on Today

After being postponed on Thursday afternoon, a vote on the American Health Care Act is expected to be completed by the end of the day. At stake is the fate of a deeply unpopular bill that has taken heat from all sides of the political spectrum. Democrats and some moderate Republicans oppose the bill for taking away health care from an estimated 24 million people over 10 years and removing federal requirements on Essential Health Benefits, while the Freedom Caucus doesn't think the bill goes far enough. Can the American Health Care Act pass its first legislative test? We'll soon find out.

Posted By: AIDS United, Policy Department - Friday, March 24, 2017


'America First' Budget Puts Non-Defense Spending Last

As was expected, Trump's first formal budget proposal was heavy on military spending and light on pretty much everything else. Among the hardest hit was Department of Health and Human Services, which stands to lose approximately 20 percent of its annual budget under Trump's plan. While Trump's budget did mention the Ryan White program as a priority, it provided no specifics with regards to its funding.

Posted By: AIDS United, Policy Department - Friday, March 17, 2017


Congress Watch: Cabinet Confirmations & Stalled Appropriations

Another week, another flurry of controversial confirmation votes, budgetary developments and debate around the future of our nation's health care. From Vice President Pence casting the tie breaking vote in the controversial confirmation of Betsy DeVos for Secretary of Education to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell using Senate procedure to silence Senator Elizabeth Warren for reading a letter written by Coretta Scott King, this past week in Congress certainly wasn't devoid of drama.

Posted By: AIDS United, Policy Department - Thursday, February 09, 2017

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