Policy & Politics
Sen. Rodham Clinton's Stalling on Ryan White CARE Act Reauthorization Upsets Some HIV/AIDS Advocates, Garners Support From Others
August 23, 2006
Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton's (D-N.Y.) move to hold Senate approval on a bill (S 2823) that would reauthorize the Ryan White CARE Act until a new funding formulation is created has drawn the ire of some HIV/AIDS advocates, while others support her position, the Washington Post reports (Birnbaum, Washington Post, 8/23). The Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions in May voted 19-1 to approve the bill -- co-sponsored by HELP Committee Chair Mike Enzi (R-Wyo.) and Sen. Edward Kennedy (D-Mass.) -- which would amend the CARE Act by allocating more federal HIV/AIDS funding to Southern and rural states. The bill would include revising the formulas for funding calculations to include HIV cases and not just AIDS cases and would create a tiered system of larger and smaller cities in an effort to distribute funds to more rural states. The bill also would mandate 75% of funding go to "core medical services," such as medications and physician visits and also would set a minimum drug formulary. Rodham Clinton was the only HELP committee member to vote against the bill, saying states with urban centers are most affected by HIV/AIDS and should not have their funding reduced, adding that New York state could lose $20 million under the proposed revisions (Kaiser Daily HIV/AIDS Report, 5/18). According to the Post, Rodham Clinton since the May committee vote has been negotiating a new funding formula -- one that is "closer to current law" -- but lawmakers have not reached a consensus. A spokesperson for the senator said the bill has not yet been considered in the House and therefore Rodham Clinton can not be considered as obstructing the legislation.
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