National HIV/AIDS Policy Information
October 1, 2001
AIDS Activists and Advocates Must Help Our Elected Representatives Remember AIDS Programs for the Fiscal Year Funding (October 1, 2001 - September 30, 2002)
AIDS activists are being urged to call their US Representatives and two US Senators during the week of October 1, 2001, to urge them to support the highest possible funding for HIV/AIDS programs. The Congressional subcommittees will start voting on funding levels for HIV/AIDS programs in the very near future. The House Labor-Health and Human Services-Education Appropriations Subcommittee (Labor-HHS), which is responsible for deciding on the level of funding for most HIV/AIDS programs, could meet as early as October 5, 2001, to make decisions for the Fiscal Year 2002. Increases for health programs will be very difficult this year due to severe budgetary constraints. In addition to the difficult job that Congress and the President already have in dealing with the September 11 attack, they will now have to make very hard decisions as to how and by how much to fund critical health programs.
We remain concerned that funding for AIDS programs may be insufficient to address the ongoing and increasing needs of communities affected by HIV and AIDS. Increased funding is critically needed for the Ryan White CARE Act (including the AIDS Drug Assistance Program), the Minority HIV/AIDS Initiative (MHAI), prevention programs at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and research at the National Institutes of Health (NIH). In order to help, you may call the Capitol Switchboard at 202-225-3121 or toll-free 800-648-3516 and ask to be connected to your Representative's or Senator's office.
Health and Human Services Secretary Tommy Thompson announced on September 21 that $126 million dollars will be provided immediately to support services provided in the wake of the September 11 terrorist attack and inflicted disasters. The funds are a part of the total $5.1 billion dollar disaster-related funds announced by President Bush.
As a part of the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR) series "Recommendations and Reports," a satellite broadcast of interest to care and prevention workers will take place on November 15, 2001, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM Pacific Time. This broadcast will include the key recommendations in "Revised Guidelines for HIV Counseling, Testing and Referral." During this broadcast, implementation issues, resources and recommended reading will also be discussed. Viewers may fax in questions and comments before and during the broadcast. For more information please visit http://www.cdcnpin.org/broadcast/current/2001/1115/start.htm.
This article was provided by Seattle Treatment Education Project. It is a part of the publication STEP Ezine.