Delays In Reauthorizing Ryan White Care Act, Appropriating Ryan White Funds Must Stop
Statement of Christine Lubinski
Deputy Executive Director, AIDS Action Council
March 29, 1996
The landmark Ryan White CARE Act of 1990 was named in honor of a young man who, until his death in April 1990, courageously waged battle against, and helped increase awareness of, HIV disease. Ryan White's name, in that it is forever linked to this act, reminds us all that behind budget numbers and legislative formulas lie real people struggling to survive with this deadly virus, people who are in desperate need of services that can only be provided to them through the CARE Act. With the anniversary of Ryan's death fast approaching [April 8], AIDS Action calls on Congress to reauthorize this vital program in a form that not only reflects the needs of communities affected by AIDS in contemporary America, but is free of amendments that have no place in an act designed to serve Americans living with HIV and AIDS -- such as the a mandatory testing provision now under debate in House-Senate conference negotiations.
Founded in 1984, AIDS Action Council is the only national Organization devoted solely to advocating on federal AIDS policy, legislation and funding. AIDS Action represents more than 1,000 community-based AIDS service organizations throughout the United States.
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