Policy & Politics
President Bush Signs Ryan White CARE Act Reauthorization Bill
December 20, 2006
President Bush on Tuesday signed into law the Ryan White CARE Act Reauthorization Bill (HR 6143), which provides funding for HIV/AIDS programs in the U.S., the AP/San Diego Union-Tribune report (Riechmann, AP/San Diego Union- Tribune, 12/19). Congress earlier in the month passed by voice vote the bill that reauthorizes the CARE Act. The legislation calls for strengthening "hold harmless" provisions and maintaining funding levels so that states will not receive less than 95% of their 2006 funding levels; counting all HIV-positive people for funding regardless of where they live or how the data are reported; maintaining the funding pool for prescription drugs and therapeutics; continuing HHS' development of a framework addressing HIV/AIDS in the U.S. and a follow-up report of its progress in 2008; and maintaining a four-year transition period for states with code-based reporting systems to switch to names-based reporting systems without penalization. The bill also repeals the Ryan White program after three years, forcing Congress to write a new law and reconsider the program's structural challenges before then (Kaiser Daily HIV/AIDS Report, 12/13).
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