Advertisement
The Body: The Complete HIV/AIDS Resource
Follow Us Follow Us on Facebook Follow Us on Twitter Download Our App
Professionals >> Visit The Body PROThe Body en Espanol
  
  • Email Email
  • Printable Single-Page Print-Friendly
  • Glossary Glossary

Policy & Politics

AIDS Funding Bill Sails Through the House

October 22, 2009

The US House of Representatives on Wednesday voted 408-9 in favor of reauthorizing the Ryan White Care Act. The bill, which the Senate had already passed by unanimous consent, now moves to the desk of President Obama, whose administration has signaled strong support for it.

Congress last reauthorized the act in 2006. It had been set to expire on Sept. 30, 2009, but was extended for one month.

Similar in its provisions to the 2006 renewal, the new four-year reauthorization provides $2.55 billion for fiscal year 2010 and increases funding to $2.95 billion by FY 2013. The act requires states to convert to name-based HIV case reporting by FY 2013; however, it allows them, at a penalty, to continue submitting code-based data until that time.

Advertisement
The reauthorization also continues the act's "hold harmless" provision, which protects communities that achieve relative drops in case figures from being penalized by large funding cuts.

In contrast to 2006, when the reauthorization debate was marked by quarrels over allocations between lawmakers from large urban areas and those from rural locations, the latest renewal was the product of negotiation by members of both parties in both houses.

"We all had to compromise," said Rep. Henry Waxman (D-Calif.), who chairs the House Energy and Commerce Committee. "This bill doesn't contain all the provisions I wanted to see, but it's a good solid bill."

Administered by the Department of Health and Human Services, the Ryan White Act funds HIV-related assistance to about 500,000 lower-income people each year.

Back to other news for October 2009

Adapted from:
New York Times
10.21.2009; Bernie Becker


  
  • Email Email
  • Printable Single-Page Print-Friendly
  • Glossary Glossary

This article was provided by CDC National Prevention Information Network. It is a part of the publication CDC HIV/Hepatitis/STD/TB Prevention News Update.
 
See Also
Purpose of the CARE Act
Guiding Principles for CARE Act Programs
2010 Reauthorization
Advertisement:
Find out how a Walgreens specially trained pharmacist can help you

Tools
 

Advertisement