2009 Ryan White Program Reauthorization
President Obama Signs Legislation to Extend Ryan White Program (10/30/09)
Today, shortly after 12pm ET, President Obama signed the Ryan White HIV/AIDS Treatment Extension Act of 2009 to extend the program for another four years. CAEAR Coalition Chair Ernest Hopkins represented CAEAR Coalition at the ceremony, joining Ryan's mother, Jeanne White-Ginder, Congressional leaders, and colleagues from NAPWA and NASTAD. Read the President's Comments.
House Votes to Extend Ryan White Program (10/21/09)
The House of Representatives, by a vote of 408-9, acted to extend the Ryan White HIV/AIDS Treatment Extension Act of 2009. The House passed version matches the version passed by the Senate on Monday so it can now go to the President for signature. Read the Legislation. Read the House Report Language. Read comments from members of the House of Representatives during the floor debate on Ryan White extension (member comments begin on page 11528).
Obama Administration Expresses Support for Senate Bill (10/19/09)
Office of Management and Budget releases "Statement of Administration Policy" on S. 1793, strongly supports Senate passage of the Ryan White HIV/AIDS Treatment Extension Act of 2009. Read the statement.
House Subcommittee Acts to Extend Ryan White Program (10/14/09)
The House Energy & Commerce Committee's Health Subcommittee has marked up and approved legislation to extend the Ryan White Program, with no amendments. The full Energy & Commerce Committee will vote on the legislation tomorrow. Read the legislation. Review the section-by-section analysis.
CAEAR Coalition Supports Senate Legislation to Extend the Ryan White Program (10/6/09)
In a letter to Senate HELP Committee leadership, CAEAR Coalition expressed support for Senate legislation to extend the Ryan White Program, while noting its concerns with two issues. Read the letter.
HRSA Reassures Community about the Future of the Ryan White Program (10/1/09)
Dr. Deborah Parham Hopson, HRSA Associate Director, has written a letter to Ryan White Program grantees to update them on the legislative status of the program, noting that the President has signed a Continuing Resolution (CR) that will keep program funding in place through October 31, 2009, while Congress works to reauthorize the program. Read the letter.
Senate HELP Committee Acts to Extend the Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program (9/30/09)
On the day of its expiration, the Senate HELP Committee took an important step toward extending the Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program by unanimously voting in favor of legislation to extend the program for four years.. The bill requires approval by the full Senate, as well as negotiations with the House, which also needs to pass a bill. The full Senate is also scheduled to vote today on a 30-day Continuing Resolution that includes a provision to extend the Program through October. Read the legislation. Review the side-by-side analysis. Read the remarks made by HELP Committee Chairman Tom Harkin.
Thirty-one Senators Sign "Dear Colleague" Letter on Ryan White Extension (9/18/09)
Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ) delivered a letter to the leadership of the Senate HELP Committee co-signed by 30 of his colleagues calling for a three-year extension of the Ryan White Program with changes recommended in the community consensus document. Review the letter with signatures.
Draft Extension Legislation Discussed at House Hearing (9/9/09)
The Energy and Commerce Health Subcommittee held a hearing to discuss draft House legislation to extend the Ryan White Program. Panelists included HRSA Administrator Dr. Mary Wakefield; Dr. Marcia Crosse, Health Care Director for the GAO; NASTAD Executive Director Julie Scofield; and Dr. Donna Elaine Sweet of the University of Kansas and Board Chair of the American Academy of HIV Medicine. Chairman Waxman also delivered opening remarks, as did Chairman Pallone. Members of the community were in attendance, including CAEAR Coalition Board Chair Ernest Hopkins and dozens of advocates from Baltimore, who spent the day on the Hill urging a three-year extension.
Testimony and Remarks
Over 70 House Members Sign "Dear Colleague" Letter Urging Three-Year Extension (9/8/09)
Today, Rep. Hank Johnson (D-GA) delivered a letter to the leadership of the Energy and Commerce Committee co-signed by 72 of his colleagues calling for a three-year extension of the Ryan White Program with changes recommended in the community consensus document. (Rep. George Miller (D-CA) signed the letter as it was being delivered so his name does not appear in the pdf version.) Read the letter.
Boston Mayor Thomas Menino Urges Action on Ryan White Extension (9/2/09)
Mayor Benino has written to the entire Massachusetts Congressional delegation to urge immediate action to extend the Ryan White Program for three years and to amend the legislation to reflect the community consensus positions.
New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg Urges Congressional Leaders to Act on Ryan White Extension (8/28/09)
Noting that the New York City Ryan White Part A Eligible Metropolitan Area has less than 3 percent of the U.S. population, but is home to 14.4 percent of living AIDS cases, Mayor Bloomberg wrote to the leaders of the Senate and House of Representatives urging their support for the three-year extension of the program. Read the letter.
Baltimore Consumer Advocates Call for Ryan White Extension in YouTube Videos (8/21/09)
Lifelinc has posted some wonderful YouTube videos showing their PWA advocates calling for Ryan White Program extension. Review the video and connect to links to 10 others.
Ryan White Program Leaders in New York Urge Program's Extension (8/18/09)
The Community Co-Chair of the New York HIV Health Services Planning Council, Soraya Elcock, wrote to Sen. Gillibrand and Sen. Schumer and the 14 members of Congress that represent Ryan White clients and providers in the New York City EMA - Reps. Ackerman, Clarke, Crowley, Engel, Lowey, Maloney, McMahon, Meeks, Nadler, Rangel, Serrano, Towns, Velazquez, and Weiner - to urge swift extension of the Ryan White Program. Read the letter.
Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley Calls for Action on Ryan White Program (8/17/09)
Martin O'Malley, Governor of Maryland, wrote to Maryland Sen. Cardin and Sen. Mikulski and to Majority Leader Hoyer and the entire Maryland Congressional delegation to urge action on the Ryan White Program. Read the letters.
Ryan White Program Leaders in Texas Urge Program's Extension (8/15/09)
The Chair of the North Central Texas Planning Council, Sylvia Alonzo Rawlings, wrote to both Texas Senators and the 9 members of Congress that represent Ryan White clients and providers in the Fort Worth/Arlington TGA, including Joe Barton, Ranking Minority Member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, to urge swift extension of the Ryan White Program. Read the letter.
Members of Illinois' Congressional Delegation Call for Ryan White Extension (7/28/09)
In a letter to the leadership of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, six members of the Illinois Congressional delegation urged a swift extension of the Ryan White Program that addresses concerns of Ryan White clients and frontline providers in their state. Read the letter.
Bergen County, NJ, Passes Resolution Supporting Community Consensus Document (7/15/09)
The Bergen County Board of Chosen Freeholders in New Jersey unanimously voted to sign on to the HIV/AIDS Community Consensus on the Future of the Ryan White HIV/AIDS Treatment Modernization Act. Read the Bergen County's Resolution.
CAEAR Coalition Signs Community Consensus Document (3/3/09)
CAEAR Coalition has signed on to the HIV/AIDS Community Consensus on the Future of the Ryan White HIV/AIDS Treatment Modernization Act, developed by the Federal AIDS Policy Partnership (FAPP) Ryan White Work Group. Read the consensus document with the most recent list of signatures.
Ryan White Leaders in Texas Call for Program Extension (11/17/08)
The chief elected officials of all five Ryan White Part A jurisdictions in Texas have called for a three-year extension of the Ryan White Program. Read the joint letter to Sen. Kennedy (D-MA).
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