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MAY24

President Trump’s FY 2018 Budget Cuts Essential HIV/AIDS, STD Programs

Washington, DC – Yesterday, President Donald Trump released his administration’s detailed FY 2018 Budget. AIDS United, NASTAD, the National Council of STD Directors, NMAC and The AIDS Institute join together to oppose the draconian cuts proposed by the Administration including many programs that are essential for the treatment and prevention of HIV/AIDS and STDs.





MAY23

AIDS United’s Statement on President Trump’s Budget for FY 2018

AIDS United is shocked by President Trump’s Fiscal Year 2018 budget request released today. It threatens to roll back the progress in the fight against the domestic HIV epidemic. Now more than ever we must maintain and strengthen our progress towards our national goals and priorities of reducing new HIV infections, increasing access to care and improving health outcomes for people living with HIV, and reducing HIV-related health disparities.





MAY04

AIDS United Denounces House Passage of the Disastrous and Deadly American Health Care Act

AIDS United denounces the House of Representatives for voting for the American Health Care Act (AHCA), a bill which would set back efforts to end the HIV epidemic in favor of a hefty tax break for the wealthy. If the bill is signed into law millions of Americans, including people living with HIV, may find themselves priced out of coverage and discriminated against for their age, gender or pre-existing conditions. The AHCA, if passed, would end the Medicaid expansion, end Medicaid as an entitlement program, relies on ineffective high risk pools and is expected to cause at least 24 million Americans to lose health coverage.





MAY04

House of Representatives Passes Bill to Take Away Insurance Coverage for Millions

Today, AIDS United, NASTAD, the National Council of STD Directors, NMAC and The AIDS Institute join together to condemn the House of Representatives for passing the American Health Care Act (AHCA). If enacted, the AHCA would take away insurance coverage for millions of Americans and end protections for people with pre-existing conditions. This bill is disastrous for people living with or at risk for HIV and STDs.





MAY02

Fiscal Year 2017 Spending Bill Cuts STD and Ryan White Part C Funding, Level Funds or Increases Other HIV Programs

Washington, DC – Over the weekend, Congress completed negotiations on the remainder of fiscal year (FY) 2017 funding bills for the federal government, averting a government shut-down. While funding was cut for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)’s STD program and Part C of the Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program, funding was increased for the Housing Opportunities for People with AIDS (HOPWA) program. HIV prevention programs at CDC and other parts of the Ryan White Program were level funded.





MAY01

AIDS United Responds to Fiscal Year 2017 Omnibus Appropriations Bill

AIDS United acknowledges that the Fiscal Year 2017 omnibus appropriations bill, released last night, provides continuity of HIV funding for most domestic programs. This is an important development for maintaining our progress towards the national goals and priorities of reducing new HIV infections, increasing access to care and improving health outcomes for people living with HIV, and reducing HIV-related health disparities.





MAR29

650+ Advocates Gather in Washington, D.C. to Meet with Members of Congress around HIV Funding and Policies, HIV Criminalization Reform, and other Key Issues at Stake for People Living with HIV in the United States

March 29, 2017, Washington D.C. – AIDSWatch, the largest constituent-based HIV advocacy event in the U.S., concluded in Washington, D.C. yesterday. Presented by The Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation, the event brought over 650 advocates from 36 states to the nation’s capital to meet with members of the House and Senate to discuss the policies and resources needed to end the HIV epidemic, and protections for programs critical to the health and wellbeing of people living with and affected by HIV. Over 260 meetings with 80 members of Congress were held this year.





MAR16

President Trump's Budget Request Will Hamper US Response to HIV and STDs

On March 16, 2017, President Trump released the administration’s initial budget request, which severely cuts funding to agencies responsible for protecting the public health and responding to infectious diseases, including HIV. The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) faces an 18% cut to funding. Congress must support HIV and STD programs by rejecting this topline budget and ensuring that funding for non-defense discretionary programs is maintained.





MAR10

National Health Organizations Strongly Oppose Proposed Repeal of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and Call on Congress and the Administration to Ensure Continued Protections for People Living with HIV

On March 6, 2017, Republican members of the House of Representatives released proposed legislation to repeal key provisions of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) which would significantly limit access to private insurance and Medicaid for those who need it most. The American Health Care Act would substantially decrease coverage options and increase insurance costs for people living with HIV and decrease STD screening and treatment through reduced insurance access. The plan also reduces federal Medicaid contributions through a per capita cap, which could cause states to make cuts to eligibility, benefits, and important consumer protections and would mean going back to cruel pre-ACA rules where a person must wait to be disabled by HIV in order to be eligible for Medicaid. The legislation also cuts funding for vital services for women’s health and eliminates the Prevention and Public Health Fund, which funds 12% of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s budget.





MAR08

AIDS United Opposes the American Health Care Act

AIDS United opposes the American Health Care Act as released by House Republicans on March 6th. The American Health Care Act would, if passed, strongly affects and potentially worsens treatment and care for people living with HIV and the provision of HIV prevention services for people at risk for infection. AIDS United works toward an end to the HIV epidemic by reaching outcomes described in the National HIV/AIDS Strategy and the many state-specific efforts to curb and finally end the epidemic. These outcomes include reducing HIV incidence, increasing access to care and improving health outcomes for people living with HIV, and reducing HIV-related health disparities.






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