Policy Updates: Hill Happenings and Administration Activities

By Mike Weir March 26, 2019

Hill Happenings

Title X Program

A group of Senators sent a letter to the Chair and Ranking Member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee, urging them to hold a hearing to “assess the impacts of the HHS recently released final rule regarding the Title X scrutinize Title X Family Planning Program.” The Trump Administration has proposed a new rule that the senators say could effectively stop millions of federal dollars from flowing to Planned Parenthood. The rule is set to go into effect May 3.

Infectious Disease Opioid Funding 

NASTAD signed onto a letter urging House and Senate appropriators to include at a minimum in the FY2020 Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education (LHHS) Appropriations bill $58 million for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to address the infectious diseases impacts of the opioid epidemic. 

Division of Viral Hepatitis Funding

The Hepatitis Appropriations Partnership (HAP), which NASTAD chairs, sent a letter to appropriators urging them to allocate at least $134 million for the Division of Viral Hepatitis (DVH) at CDC. 

Administration Activities

President’s FY2020 Budget

The Administration released additional documents associated with the President’s FY2020 budget request. The agency-specific congressional budget justifications (CJs) for the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) is available here, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) available here.

NASTAD put together this chart detailing the President’s budget request. NASTAD will continue to gather information about the Administration’s FY2020 budget and will work with Congressional staff to ensure the highest levels of funding possible for key programs.  We will send out further budget and appropriations information as it becomes available. 

Resources

Do You Use NASTAD’s Website? Please Take This Survey

Students at the University of Michigan School of Information are assessing how to improve the usability of the NASTAD website. If you have the time, please click here to complete a 5 – 10 minute survey to provide feedback on your experiences using the site.

Blog: NASTAD Hepatitis Testing Partnership

Vital SignsHIV Transmission Along the Continuum of Care — United States, 2016

Fact Sheet: The Community Health Worker Role on the HIV Care Continuum

Upcoming Meetings

2019 National Sexual Health Conference 

The 2019 National Sexual Health Conference will take place July 10-12 in Chicago, IL. The conference aims to create opportunities to share information, efforts, and best practices around sexual health across the lifespan by bridging the varied disciplines of education, advocacy, and clinical care, among others. Registration is currently open

Job Opportunities 

Chief, Center for HIV/STI Integration and Capacity Program Manager II– Maryland

The Maryland Department of Health is hiring a Chief for their Center for HIV/STI Integration and Capacity Program Manager II within their Infectious Disease Prevention and Health Services Bureau. This posting closes on April 9, 2019. 

Director Epidemiologic Unit– New Jersey

The New Jersey Department of Health is hiring a Director for their Epidemiologic Unit within the Division of HIV, STD and TB Services. This posting closes on April 5, 2019.

News Bulletin

Ending HIV In Mississippi Means Cutting Through Racism, Poverty and Homophobia

“But the road to eliminating HIV and AIDS runs through the deep South, where racism, poverty, and homophobia can be formidable obstacles to testing and treatment, particularly for black gay men. According to a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report in 2017, more than half the new HIV diagnoses in the U.S. were in Southern states, where gay and bisexual black men make up a disproportionate share of people with HIV.”

People with untreated HIV transmitted 80% of new infections

“The vast majority of new HIV infections in the U.S. in 2016 were transmitted from the less than 40% of people with HIV who either did not know they had the virus or were not receiving care, according to a new report by the Centers for Disease Control.

Renowned HIV Organization, Project Inform, To Close Its Doors

“According to the Bay Area Reporter, one of the nation's longest-running HIV education and advocacy organizations has terminated its staff and is likely to cease operations. 

Project Inform released a statement today, written by former staffers, reading that 

"[d]espite the continued success and evolution of our work in HIV and hepatitis C virus — two of the most stigmatizing diseases in the United States — we have not been able to successfully navigate the current funding environment.”

Trump Wants to Eliminate H.I.V. But Some of His Policies Do the Opposite.

“Mr. Trump’s plan has some promising features. Developed by career civil servants with decades of experience combating H.I.V., it would provide the first new funding for the domestic fight against this disease in many years. And it would deploy a majority of those dollars to communities where the virus is most prevalent and resources most urgently needed. But as The Times reported this week, the president’s proposed budget for the initiative — $291 million for the first year — falls far short of what’s needed to reach the stated goal. And like Mr. Pence’s efforts in Indiana, many of the Trump administration’s other policies stand to undermine this initiative.”