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CAEAR Coalition is actively advocating for increased federal appropriations in FY 2017 for the Ryan White Program. Following are updates and materials related to CAEAR Coalition's appropriations advocacy.

Over the last 12 months, CAEAR Coalition advocated for Ryan White Program funding levels by organizing grassroots efforts and educating members of Congress about the need for increased Ryan White Program resources. CAEAR Coalition members met with key Congressional leaders in March and September 2016. At these meetings, the CAEAR Coalition reviewed the success of the Ryan White Program and outlined strategic ways to strengthen the Program in the coming years, noting the need to find ways to best leverage its achievements to continue the nation’s efforts to reduce HIV incidence and HIV-related health disparities and to increase access to care. Critical meetings were in the offices of: Sen. Roy Blunt (R-MO), Sen. Thad Cochran (R-MS), Rep. Tom Cole (R-OK), Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-CT), Rep. Gene Green (D-TX), Sen. Patty Murray (D-WA), Rep. Frank Pallone (D-NJ), and Rep. Hal Rogers (R-KY).

CAEAR Coalition will focus its efforts in 2017 on educating the new Administration and members of the Senate and House and their staffs on the importance of the Ryan White Program. Plans include an educational session on Capitol Hill for health policy staff to outline the successes of the Ryan White program and to highlight its continued role in ensuring people living with HIV/AIDS have access to high-quality care and services.

CAEAR Coalition is encouraging members to plan in-district meetings this summer. Updated talking points and fact sheets will be posted in early June. Questions? E-mail: CAEAR Coalition P.O. Box 21361 Washington, DC 20009-1361 Tel: 202-789-3565 Fax: 202-318-2659


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