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After a Big Buildup, the Trump Administration’s Drug Pricing Plan Doesn’t Deliver

Last Friday, President Trump and Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services Alex Azar unveiled the administration’s plan to lower prescription drug prices, but health policy experts are warning that the proposals fall short of the promises he made on the campaign trail and will do little to address the root causes of the issue.

Posted By: AIDS United, Policy Department - Friday, May 18, 2018


AIDS United Condemns the Trump Administration’s Domestic Gag Rule on Family Planning Providers

For decades, the Title X family planning program has played an indispensable role as the nation’s only federal program devoted to the provision of affordable reproductive health services to low income and underserved communities. The Trump administration is expected to attack the program and the millions of people who rely on it for care by instituting a domestic “gag rule” on all recipients of Title X funding

Posted By: AIDS United, Policy Department - Friday, May 18, 2018


In the Senate, the 340B Drug Pricing Program Finds More Backers Than Detractors

Earlier this week, the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions committee (HELP) held their second hearing this year on the 340B Drug Pricing program. The responses and questioning from the members of the Senate HELP committee were largely supportive of the safety net hospitals and other entities benefiting from the 340B program, but scrutiny will likely remain.

Posted By: AIDS United, Policy Department - Friday, May 18, 2018


Instead of a Ryan White Act for Opioids, the House Nibbles Around The Edges

The House Committee on Energy & Commerce advanced 25 separate pieces of legislation earlier this week designed to address the opioid epidemic in the United States. Unfortunately, most of the bills didn't get at the key drivers of the epidemic, focusing more on more reactive policy changes around prescribing practices and supply reduction that provide no additional funding to tackle the crisis.

Posted By: AIDS United, Policy Department - Friday, May 11, 2018


In Congress’s Rush to Pass Opioid Legislation, Funding Falls by the Wayside

Keen to show the American public that there is indeed a sense of urgency in Congress to tackle rising levels of problematic substance use that took the lives of 63,600 Americans in 2016, both the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee and the House Energy & Commerce Health Subcommittee advanced an overwhelming amount of opioid-related legislation, with 56 bills advancing in the House alone. Unfortunately, any joy there is to be gleaned from the quantity of bills that have been put forward this week and their individual merits is more or less snuffed out by the absence of any new funding in the House and Senate legislative packages

Posted By: AIDS United, Policy Department - Friday, April 27, 2018


Washington Focuses on Opioids This Week, For Better or Worse

Following a rare public health advisory about naloxone and opioid overdose by Surgeon General Jerome Adams late last week,the opioid epidemic remained front and center in Washington this week, with Congress holding several hearings on the issue and the Trump administration promoting a Rx drug overdose memorial just south of The White House.

Posted By: AIDS United, Policy Department - Friday, April 13, 2018


An Ally’s Journey At AIDSWatch

Sitting in those offices, I understood the value of my position as an ally. Though I lost friends to AIDS and have several friends living with HIV, these conditions are not front-and-center in my daily life. I realized that there is a value in legislative staff seeing me, someone who is not living with HIV and whose work does not center around HIV, participating in AIDSWatch. Seeing allies who care enough to haul themselves to a legislative office forces elected and staff to view HIV/AIDS as an issue of importance to people outside the “traditional” groups with a “reason” to care.

Posted By: Guest Blogger: Margot Carmichael Lester - Thursday, April 12, 2018


My First AIDSWatch

Mary Jane Maestas reflects on attending her first ever AIDSWatch! "This event helped me realize that we have a lot of work to do in the fight to end HIV/AIDS and we are just the organizations that can get it done!"

Posted By: Guest Blogger: Mary Jane Maestas, PWN - CO - Tuesday, April 03, 2018


Positive Organizing Shero: Mona Jessi

Mona Jessi has been living with HIV since 1999 and she has not let her diagnosis slow her down. Instead, she is powerhouse advocate who trains other women living with HIV in Texas to be their advocates. She is an active member of PWN-USA's Texas chapter and serves on her Ryan White Planning Council. We were excited to connect with Mona to learn more about her work, her motivations, and future goals.

Posted By: AIDS United - Thursday, March 29, 2018


University of Maryland HIV Researcher, Dr. Robert Redfield Named CDC Director

HIV researcher, Dr. Robert Redfield, has been appointed as Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Posted By: AIDS United, Policy Department - Friday, March 23, 2018

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