02.15.11 - TAI Press Release: PRESIDENT OBAMA’S BUDGET MAINTAINS COMMITMENT TO HIV/AIDS PROGRAMS

 

Proposes Increases for Medications, Prevention & Research

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For Immediate Release:  02.15.11                                 

Media Contacts: Carl Schmid, (202) 669-8267 cschmid@theaidsinstitute.org

                                   

PRESIDENT OBAMA’S BUDGET

MAINTAINS COMMITMENT TO HIV/AIDS PROGRAMS

Proposes Increases for Medications, Prevention & Research

 

Washington, DC– The budget President Obama proposed yesterday for fiscal year 2012 maintains his Administration’s commitment to domestic and global HIV/AIDS programs, and proposes increases for domestic AIDS medications and HIV prevention, along with research at the National Institutes of Health.

 

“We realize the resources of the federal government are severely constrained, therefore, under today’s fiscal environment, we are pleased the President has maintained his commitment to HIV/AIDS programs and even proposed some minimal increases,”  said Carl Schmid, Deputy Executive Director of The AIDS Institute.  “While the proposed funding levels are far from what is needed to provide the necessary care and treatment for people with HIV/AIDS or to significantly reduce the number of new infections, The AIDS Institutes appreciates the budget requests and now urges the Congress to show a similar level of support.”

 

Under the budget proposed by the President, funding for the Ryan White AIDS Drug Assistance Program (ADAP) would increase by $105 million over FY10 levels.  There are currently over 6,000 people on ADAP waiting lists in ten states and thousands more are being removed from the program.  ADAPs are in desperate need of additional money to keep people with HIV/AIDS healthy.  Congress is still considering the FY11 budget and the Senate proposed an increase of $65 million in the 111th Congress.  House Republicans in the 112th Congress are proposing to cut ADAP by $25 million under the FY11 Continuing Resolution.  “While we know what the President proposed for FY12 is far from what is adequate, in the near term Congress must support at least an increase of $65 million for ADAP in FY11. If we have long wait lists now, just imagine what the situation will be like next year with no increases in funding,” added Schmid. If the Congress approves the $65 million FY11 increase, the President’s proposed increase for FY12 would be $40 million.

 

The President proposed an increase of $5 million to the early intervention and primary care services for people with HIV/AIDS under Part C of the Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program.  With this increase, Part C would receive the same amount of funding that the President proposed in last year’s budget.

 

In order to help achieve the goals of the National HIV/AIDS Strategy to reduce the number of new HIV infections, the President is proposing to increase funding at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) by $58 million over FY10 levels.  Thirty million dollars of that increase would come from the Prevention and Public Health Fund. There are currently over 56,000 new HIV infections in the U.S. or one every 9 ½ minutes.   

 

Medical research at the National Institutes of Health would receive an increase of $740 million above FY10, or about the same level proposed by the President in FY11. Of this amount, $74 million would be allocated to AIDS research for prevention research, including vaccines and microbicides, and to the discovery of new drug therapies that prolong and improve people’s lives.

 

Under the President’s proposed budget, the Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS (HOPWA) program at HUD, which provides housing for low income people with AIDS, would remain funded at FY10 levels at $325 million.  This is $15 million less than what the President proposed last year.

 

Funding for Hepatitis Prevention at the CDC is slated to receive an increase of $5.2 million for a total of $25 million. 

 

“The President has put forth a federal budget that seeks to restore fiscal responsibility while investing in some key areas.  While we acknowledge the increases he has proposed are far from adequate, we appreciate his continued commitment and investment to HIV/AIDS programs,” commented Michael Ruppal, Executive Director of The AIDS Institute.  “Now it is up to the Congress to do its part and demonstrate its commitment to the over 1.1 million people living with HIV/AIDS in the U.S. The FY11 Continuing Resolution authored by House Republicans proposes massive cuts to both domestic and global HIV/AIDS programs.  The AIDS Institute urges the Congress to reject those reckless cuts and consider the long term human and societal impacts of their decisions.” 

 

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