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Final FY 2002 HIV/AIDS Funding Levels to Be Decided

House-Senate Conference Committee to Meet to Determine Final HIV/AIDS Funding

November 2001

Please call your Senators and Representatives and urge them to support the highest funding levels!!


What Is Happening?

The Senate finally passed its version of the FY 2002 Labor­HHS Appropriations bill, which provides funding for HIV/AIDS programs, on November 6. The House passed its own version of the bill on October 11. While both the House and Senate bills propose modest increases for most of the AIDS programs, they remain completely insufficient to meet the needs of an ongoing and growing epidemic. Moreover, there are significant differences in funding amounts for AIDS programs between the House and Senate bills. The chart that follows details funding in each bill.

Most notably, the Senate bill does not specify funding amounts for the Minority HIV/AIDS Initiative (MHAI) and it severely underfunds the AIDS Drug Assistance Program (ADAP). The House bill, on the other hand, does includes the MHAI and funds it at a level of $387 million. Additionally, ADAP is funded at a higher level in the house bill but it still falls severely short of the increasing need for HIV medications.

What's Next?

A joint House-Senate Conference Committee will now meet to settle the differences in funding included in each of the bills. A list of the conference committee members from both the House and Senate is included below. This conference committee will make the final decisions on the FY 2002 funding levels for the programs that our communities depend on to develop and provide HIV prevention, care, and treatment services. The conference committee agreement is called a conference report.

Conference committee members must hear from their constituents and other members of congress that the Minority HIV/AIDS Initiative is a priority for ethnic and racial minority communities and must be included in the final FY 2002 Labor-HHS conference report. The final conference report must adopt the House proposed level of $387 million and it must adopt the House Report language that instructs how MHAI resources are distributed by the federal agencies.

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Furthermore, conference committee members must be urged to provide the highest level of funding proposed by the either the House or Senate. They must hear that the AIDS Drug Assistance program must at least be funded at the higher House funding level that still falls severely short of the increasing need to provide life-saving drugs.

What Can You Do?

If your Senator or Representative is listed below, it is extremely important that they hear from you. Call and/or fax him or her.
  • Urge him or her to support the highest funding levels for HIV/AIDS programs, including ADAP, provided by the House or Senate in the Labor-HHS appropriations bill when the conference committee meets to complete the FY 2002 Labor-HHS conference report.

  • Tell them to make certain that funding specifically targeted to the Minority HIV/AIDS Initiative is included in the final FY 2002 Labor-HHS conference report. Tell them to support the House funding level of $387 million and the report language for the Minority HIV/AIDS Initiative.

  • Tell them to at least fund ADAP at the House funding level even though this level falls severely short of the need for life-saving medications.

  • Thank them for the difficult work they have done and explain to them that more resources are needed to meet the needs of the epidemic.

If your Senator or Representative is not listed below, it is still very important that they hear from you. Call and/or fax him or her.

  • Ask them to contact the Labor-HHS conference committee members and communicate their support for the highest HIV/AIDS funding levels proposed by either the House or Senate to be included in the final FY 2002 Labor-HHS conference report.

  • Ask them to communicate their support for the inclusion of the House funding level of $387 million and the report language for the Minority HIV/AIDS Initiative in the final FY 2002 Labor-HHS appropriations conference Report.

  • Ask them to support the house level of funding for ADAP even though it continues to fall severely short of what is needed to provide life saving medications.

If you don¹t know who your Representative or Senators are, you can go to http://www.nmac.org/policy/policycongresslookup.htm to find out.

Again, it is extremely important that Congress hears from you. Please print and distribute this alert to as many individuals and organizations as possible. Encourage others to call and fax their Senators and Representatives.

If you have any questions, please contact Javier Salazar, Federal Affairs Manager, at jsalazar@nmac.org.


Senate Conference Committee Members
Chairman
Senator Tom Harkin (D-Iowa)
Tel: (202) 224-3254
Fax: (202) 224-9369
Senator Ernest F. Hollings (D-South Carolina)Tel: (202) 224-6121
Fax: (202) 224-4293
Senator Daniel K. Inouye (D-Hawaii)Tel: (202) 224-3934
Fax: (202) 224-6747
Senator Harry Reid (D-Nevada)Tel: (202) 224-3542
Fax: (202) 224-7321
Senator Herb Kohl (D-Wisconsin)Tel: (202) 224-5653
Fax: (202) 224-9787
Senator Patty Murray (D-Washington)Tel: (202) 224-2621
Fax: (202) 224-0238
Senator Mary L. Landrieu (D-Louisiana)Tel: (202) 224-5824
Fax: (202) 224-9735
Senator Robert C. Byrd (D-West Virginia)Tel: (202) 224-3954
Fax: (202) 224-4467
 
Ranking Minority Member
Senator Arlen Specter (R-Pennsylvania)
Tel: (202) 224-4254
Fax: (202) 224-1229
Senator Thad Cochran (R-Mississippi)Tel: (202) 224-5054
Fax: (202) 224-9450
Senator Judd Gregg (R-New Hampshire)Tel: (202) 224-3324
Fax: (202) 224-4952
Senator Larry E. Craig (R-Idaho)Tel: (202) 224-2752
Fax: (202) 224-1067
Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-Texas)Tel: (202) 224-5922
Fax: (202) 224-0776
Senator Ted Stevens (R-Alaska)Tel: (202) 224-3004
Fax: (202) 224-2354
Senator Mike DeWine (R-Ohio)Tel: (202) 224-2315
Fax: (202) 224-6519
House Conference Committee Members
Chairman
Ralph Regula (R-Ohio, 16th District)
Tel: (202) 225-3876
Fax: (202) 225-3059
Rep. C.W. Bill Young (R-Florida, 10th District)Tel: (202) 225-5961
Fax: (202) 225-9764
Rep. Ernest J. Istook, Jr. (R-Oklahoma, 5th District)Tel: (202) 225-2132
Fax: (202) 226-1463
Rep. Dan Miller (R-Florida, 13th District)Tel: (202) 225-5015
Fax: (202) 226-0828
Rep. Roger F. Wicker (R-Mississippi, 1st District)Tel: (202) 225-4306
Fax: (202) 225-3549
Rep. Anne Northup (R-Kentucky, 3rd District)Tel: (202) 225-5401
Fax: (202) 225-5776
Rep. Randy Cunningham (R-California, 51st District)Tel: (202) 225-5452
Fax: (202) 225-2558
Rep. Kay Granger (R-Texas, 12th District)Tel: (202) 225-5071
Fax: (202) 225-5683
Rep. John E. Peterson (R-Pennsylvania, 5th District)Tel: (202) 225-5121
Fax: (202) 225-5796
Rep. Don Sherwood (R-Pennsylvania, 10th District)Tel: (202) 225-3731
Fax: (202) 225-9594
 
Ranking Minority Member
Rep. David Obey (D-Wisconsin, 7th District)
Tel: (202) 225-3365
Rep. Steny H. Hoyer (D-Maryland, 5th District)Tel: (202) 225-4131
Fax: (202) 225-4300
Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-California, 8th District)Tel: (202) 225-4965
Fax: (202) 225-8259
Rep. Nita M. Lowey (D-New York, 18th District)Tel: (202) 225-6506
Fax: (202) 225-0546
Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-Connecticut, 3rd District)Tel: (202) 225-3661
Fax: (202) 225-4890
Rep. Jesse L. Jackson, Jr. (D-Illinois, 2nd District)Tel: (202) 225-0773
Fax: (202) 225-0899
Rep. Patrick Kennedy (D-Rhode Island, 1st District)Tel: (202) 225-4911
Fax: (202) 225-3290

The chart below details overall funding increases as proposed in FY 2002 Labor-HHS bills passed by the House and Senate respectively. All figures are rounded; some discrepancies may result.

Proposed Funding for HIV/AIDS Programs
I. Minority HIV/AIDS Initiative (MHAI)
ProgramFY 2001FY 2002 House
Levels
(+/-2001)
FY 2002 Senate
Levels
(+/- 2001)
Ryan White Care ActThe Senate bill does not specify funds for the MHAI.
Title I$34.0m$41.8m (+7.8m)
Title II$7.0m$7.0m (0)
Title III$44.4m$49.4m (+5.0m)
Title IV$15.7m$17.0m (+1.3m)
AETCs$7.7m$7.9m (+0.3m)
Other$1.4m$0.0 (-$1.4m)
Total Ryan White Care Act$110.2m$123.2m (+13.0m)
CDC HIV Prevention$88m$100m (+12.0m)
SAMHSA (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration)
Ctr. for Mental Health Services$7.0m$7.0m (0)
Ctr. for Substance Abuse Prev.$32.1m$40.1m (+$8.0m)
Ctr. for Substance Abuse Treat.$53.0m$57.0m (+$4.0m)
Total SAMHSA$92.1$104.1m (+$12.0m)
Office of Minority Health$9.7m$9.7m (0)
Office of the Secretary$0.0$50.0m (+$50m)
PHS Emergency Fund$50.0m$0.0m (-$50m)
Total MHAI$350.0m $387m (+37m)
II. Federal HIV/AIDS Programs
ProgramFY 2001FY 2002 House
Levels
(+/-2001)
FY 2002 Senate
Levels
(+/- 2001)
Ryan White Care Act
Title I$604.2m$619.0m (+$15m)$620.0m (+15.8m)
Title II base$322.0m$337.0m (+$15m)$340.0m (+18m)
ADAP$589.0m$640.0m (+$60m)$610.0 (+$21m)
Title III$185.9m$193.0m (+$7m)$195.0m (+$9m)
Title IV$65.0m$69.9m (+$5m)$72.0m (+$7m)
AETCs$31.6m$36.5m (+$5m)$34.0m (+$2.4m)
Dental$10.0m$15m (+$5m)$12.0m (+$20m)
Total CARE Act
(Includes +13m from MHAI)
$1.8b$1.92b (+ $112m)$1.88b (+$75m)
Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC)
Domestic$767.2m
(Includes +$12m from MHAI)
$820.2m (+ $53m)$781.2m*
Global$104.0m$137.0m (+ $33m) 
* The Senate Committee Report on the Labor-HHS Appropriations bill states that AIDS prevention at CDC is funded at $781.2m, it does not indicate if global HIV prevention funds are included in this amount.
SAMHSA
 $1,665m
(Includes +12m from MHAI)
$1,725m (+$60m)$1,725m (+$60m)
National Institutes of Health (NIH) AIDS Research
 $2.243b
(+$2.6b for NIH overall)
+ $200m**
(+$3.5b for NIH overall)
+ $200m**
** Funding levels for AIDS research were not specified in either the House or Senate bills. Both bills, however, retain the Office of AIDS Research and its budget authority. It is expected that AIDS research will receive at least $200 million in additional funding in FY 2002.


For More Information

Miguelina León
Director, Government Relations & Public Policy
202.483.6622 ext. 324

Javier G. Salazar
Federal Affairs Manager, Government Relations & Public Policy
202.483.6622 ext. 327

National Minority AIDS Council
1931 13th St. NW, Washington, DC 20009-4432
Fax: 202.483.1135; Website: http://www.nmac.org




  
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