Ryan White Reauthorization 2009 is moving ahead

Last Wednesday, The House of Representative’s Committee on Energy and Commerce’s Subcommittee on Health started hearings on the Ryan White CARE Act, which is currently scheduled to expire by the end of September 2009. 

This is outstanding news, and the reauthorization – continuing this crucial national safety net – is very urgent indeed.  The CARE Act supports HIV medication, medical case management, and critical support services that maintain health and save lives across the country.  This CARE Act is so crucial for Vermont because it is focused on healthcare and quality of life for those most in need.  As a bill supporting public health and reducing poverty, the CARE Act is wide-reaching and has broad social consequences. 

Preliminary drafts of the reauthorization legislation look to extend the Program for another three years, and include sensible changes to the law that could allow smaller states like Vermont to demonstrate and expand upon the success of Ryan White programming.

The draft legislation is under discussion in the Committee, and these discussions seem positive at first glance.  Additional Committees, the full House, and the Senate are additional hurdles we need to pass as HIV advocates.  More information, Committee hearing schedules, and progress updates will be posted on this blog, as well as public calls to action.  Keep checking for more details as they arise, or check the Energy and Commerce website at http://energycommerce.house.gov/

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