September 6, 2017
This press release was released by The AIDS Institute.
Last night, the House Appropriations Committee approved the Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education Appropriations Fiscal Year 2018 funding bill that maintains funding for most domestic HIV and hepatitis programs, however it eliminates and cuts critical programs essential to addressing HIV/AIDS, including the Minority AIDS Initiative.
“The AIDS Institute thanks the leadership of the House Appropriations Committee for continuing to fund many domestic HIV programs, especially after President Trump proposed cutting them by almost $1 billion,” commented Carl Schmid, Deputy Executive Director of The AIDS Institute. The Committee is recommending that funding be maintained at fiscal year 2017 levels for the Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program, CDC HIV, hepatitis, and STD Prevention programs, and in a separate bill, HUD’s Housing Opportunities for People with AIDS (HOPWA) program. “However, we are disappointed that the bill completely eliminates the HHS Secretary’s Minority AIDS Initiative Program and cuts over $17 million from SAMHSA’s Minority AIDS Initiative programs.” An amendment to restore the Minority AIDS Initiative funds, along with other minority health programs, was offered by Rep. Barbara Lee, but was defeated by a vote of 23 to 29.
The Subcommittee also eliminated other programs that impact people who are at risk of HIV, including the Teen Pregnancy and Prevention Program and Title X Family Planning, while at the same time increased funding for unproven abstinence-only until marriage programs. Medical research at the National Institutes of Health would be increased by $1.1 billion. The AIDS Institute trusts that some of this increase will be dedicated to AIDS research.