FEDERAL POLICY

I Am Essential Coalition sends letter to HHS Secretary on 2017 QHP Review & Notice of Benefit and Payment Parameters Rule & Letter to Issuers

I Am Essential, a coalition of patient and community organizations representing millions of patients and their families dedicated to successful implementation of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), wrote a letter to The Honorable Sylvia Matthews Burwell, the Secretary of Health and Human Services, urging her to improve access to Essential Health Benefits and address discrimination against beneficiaries with chronic and serious health conditions enrolled in Qualified Health Plans (

AIDS Budget and Appropriations Coalition Funding Chart

Below is the updated ABAC funding chart for domestic HIV/AIDS programs 

Examining Ryan White Program Funding: Is the Money Following the Epidemic?

On August 24, 2016, The AIDS Institute presented at The 2016 National Ryan White Conference on HIV Care & Treatment. To view presentations, please click on the titles below:

Introduction - Examining the Ryan White Program: Is the Money Following the Epidemic?

House Maintains Funding Levels for HIV and Hepatitis Programs

The House Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education Appropriations Subcommittee approved its Fiscal Year 2017 funding bill on July 7th that maintains funding for domestic HIV programs. However, the bill includes several extreme partisan cuts to critical programs that impact people with HIV and help reduce new infections, including the Affordable Care Act and sexual health programs. The bill also provides no increases for hepatitis prevention programs at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

TAI urges Florida Senators to support H.R. 3700

The AIDS Institute wrote to Sens. Nelson (D-FL) and Rubio (R-FL) urging them to support the Housing Opportunities Through Modernization Act of 2016 (H.R. 3700), which makes important modifications to the Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS (HOPWA) program. To see the letters, click the PDFs below: 

I Am Essential comments to Republican and Democatic National Platform Committees

Below are public comments that the I Am Essential coalition submitted to the Republican National Platform Committee and the Democratic National Platform Committee in advance of the 2016 national conventions.

Update 2016: HIV testing coverage guide

To view The AIDS Institute's updated HIV testing coverage guide, please click the PDF below: 

Senate Maintains Funding Levels for Most HIV and Hepatitis Programs

The Senate Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education Appropriations Subcommittee approved its Fiscal Year 2017 funding bill that largely maintains funding for most domestic HIV programs.  However, the bill proposes to cut some critical programs, including $29 million from the Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program and $6 million from the Minority AIDS Initiative, and provides no increases for hepatitis prevention programs at the CDC.

To read the full press release from The AIDS Institute on the subcommittee markup, click the PDF below

The AIDS Institute Ryan White Program Funding Analysis by State

In order to increase viral suppression and  improve health outcomes for people living with HIV/AIDS in the United States, the National HIV/AIDS Strategy calls for federal  funding to follow the epidemic and be distributed to areas most in need.  This is a principle The AIDS Institute has long supported and championed.  In an effort to determine whether current Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program funding is being distributed proportionately to those areas where it is needed, particularly now that hold harmless provisions have ended, we conducted an analysis of Ryan White Program

Florida to Continue Patient Cost-sharing Limits for HIV Drugs in 2017

The AIDS Institute praises the Florida Office of Insurance Regulation (FOIR) for requiring insurers to again limit patient cost-sharing for HIV medications as they submit for review their 2017 Qualified Health Plans (QHPs).

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