Subcommittee on Appropriations this week voted to boost
spending on the nation's Ryan White CARE Act by $78
million in fiscal 2007, including an additional $55
million for the AIDS Drug Assistance Program, which
provides free anti-HIV drugs to low-income HIVers. The
funding increase also includes $15 million for state AIDS
spending and slight increases for other Ryan White
titles. The House Appropriations Committee last month
approved a bill with no increases for ADAP.
pleased the Senate subcommittee recognized the need for
increases to the Ryan White CARE Act and ADAP,"
said Gene Copello, executive director of the AIDS
Institute, in a statement. "The increases, while
appreciated, are still not enough to keep pace with
ever-increasing patient demand and costs. We will
continue to work with House and Senate members to
increase these funding levels."
The Senate bill
boosts spending for the Centers for Disease Control and
Prevention's HIV prevention programs by only about
$28.2 million, far less than President Bush's
request of $93 million to institute a nationwide rapid
HIV antibody testing program. It also increases funding
to the National Institutes of Health by $200 million.
The Senate bill
now moves to the full Senate Appropriations Committee.
subcommittee on Tuesday voted to boost spending for the
federal Housing Opportunities for People With AIDS program
by only $8.8 million, far less than the $14 million
increase proposed by President Bush. "We will
continue to advocate for higher increases in HOPWA in
coalition with other organizations as the congressional
appropriations process moves forward," Copello
said in a press statement. (The Advocate)