A successful week in HIV politics in the U.S.

Vermont CARES is grateful and proud to announce that recent legislative work in Washington, D.C. means that the critical care network for HIV/AIDS will continue for another four years.  Earlier today, President Obama signed into law an extension of the Ryan White CARE Act, meaning that medication, hospital care, and adherance services for hundreds of Vermonters will be strong for the foreseeable future. 
CARES would like to thank the offices of Representative Welch, Senator Sanders, and Senator Leahy for supporting this crucial legislation, and for being responsive allies in navigating how to lead Vermont’s perspective on this critical bill.  Our thanks and congratulations!

Also, in signing the Ryan White CARE Act, President Obama announced he would lift the HIV travel ban ~ much discussed on this blog over the summer of 2009 ~ as of early 2010.  This is outstanding news for all people with HIV, and in a border state like Vermont this change will have a strong positive impact.

We take these as examples of HIV advocacy creating real social change.  For all those in the CARES community who called, wrote, or otherwise expressed your opinion on the travel ban or Ryan White programs, we thank you for making a difference!

1 Response to “A successful week in HIV politics in the U.S.”

  1. 1 vermontcares
    October 31, 2009 at 2:40 am

    Also this week, President Obama signed the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act which expands and enhances protection for victims of hate crimes. This also represents much-needed federal protection for groups that have been overlooked by federal legislation for decades.

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