D.C., Maryland Could Lose Ryan White Funding Under Names-Based HIV Reporting Requirement
March 14, 2006
The District of Columbia and Maryland could lose millions of dollars in Ryan White CARE Act funding if they do not implement names-based reporting of new HIV cases, the Washington Post reports. Currently, the district and Maryland encode patients' information when collecting HIV statistics (Brown, Washington Post, 3/13). CDC does not consider code-based HIV reporting to be accurate, and federal officials have said they will withhold funds from states that use code-based reporting rather than confidential names-based reporting (Kaiser Daily HIV/AIDS Report, 2/2). According to the Post, implementing a names-based reporting system by fiscal year 2007 could decide how $2.2 billion nationwide in funding would be distributed annually. Switching from code-based to names-based reporting could take approximately three years, the Post reports (Washington Post, 3/13). A subcommittee of the Maryland House Budget Committee on Monday approved a provision that would switch the state to names-based reporting only if Congress passes a bill tying CARE Act funding to the number of new HIV cases reported under a names-based system, the Baltimore Sun reports. The subcommittee's provision now goes to the full state House budget committee for consideration (Bor, Baltimore Sun, 3/14). The district's City Council currently is not considering a proposal to convert to the names-based reporting system.
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