Policy Updates: Hill Happenings and Administration Activities

By Mike Weir August 20, 2018


Hill Happenings

2019 Appropriations

The Senate began floor consideration last week for the FY2019 Defense and Labor-Health and Human Services (LHHS) funding package.NASTAD will continue to monitor the appropriations process and advocate for the highest funding levels on behalf of HIV and hepatitis programs. 

Administration Activities

Teen Pregnancy Prevention Program

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced that it will resume grant funding this year for groups participating in the Teen Pregnancy Prevention Program. This comes after the Administration informed 81 groups last August that their grants would end in 2018 rather than in 2020.

2018 National Ryan White Conference on HIV Care & Treatment

The 2018 Ryan White Conference on HIV Care & Treatment will be held December 11-14, 2018 in Oxon Hill, Maryland. Late registration for the conference is open until September 28, 2018. 

Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program (RWHAP) 2018 Clinical Conference

The RWHAP Clinical Conference will be held on December 9-11 in Oxon Hill, Maryland. The conference is open to any RWHAP-funded clinical prescriber--Parts A-F.  Registration for the Clinical Conference is now available.

2019 National HIV Prevention Conference

The 2019 National HIV Prevention Conference (NHPC) will be held March 18-21, 2019 in Atlanta, Georgia. Check out the updated website for more information about tracks and to view the tentative conference schedule. 


The Kaiser Family Foundation and the Global Health Policy Center at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) held a briefing to assess the major outcomes of the 2018 International AIDS Conference (AIDS 2018). An archived video of the briefing is available here.

News Bulletin

Will the Genetic Analysis–Based HIV Surveillance Safeguard Privacy?

“Molecular HIV surveillance, or MHS, “provides an opportunity to help address growing HIV disparities but only if it is implemented responsibly and in collaboration and partnership with communities affected by and living with HIV,” says Amy Killelea, JD, director of health systems integration at NASTAD (National Alliance of State & Territorial AIDS Directors). “Because MHS activities are rolling out in states with HIV criminal transmission statutes in place, it is important for health departments, providers and anyone charged with safeguarding this data to follow procedures for prohibiting or limiting its release.”

People taking HIV-prevention pill may get more primary care

“When people take daily pills to minimize their chances of getting HIV, they are also more likely to get routine care like flu shots and recommended screenings for common health problems, a U.S. study suggests. So-called HIV pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) is highly protective against HIV, and patients taking this daily pill also tend to get tested and treated more often for hepatitis C and other sexually transmitted infections (STIs), researchers note in the American Journal of Public Health.”

Partial Medicaid expansion would restrict access for near-poor adults, study finds

“Partial Medicaid expansion would give near-poor adults fewer affordable health insurance options with less coverage than full Medicaid expansion, according to a new Center on Budget and Policy Priorities report.”

New lawsuit challenges Trump administration’s support for Medicaid work requirements

“In June, Arkansas became the first state to begin phasing in requirements that thousands of poor residents must work at least 80 hours a month, look for a job, or otherwise engage in their community to start receiving Medicaid or keep it. The suit, filed Tuesday on behalf of three poor Arkansans with significant medical problems, seeks to stop those rules.”

Louisiana considering new method for increasing access to Hep C drugs

“Louisiana could soon become the first state well on its way to ridding its residents of the nation's most deadly infectious disease, under an unusual proposal that, nearly two years into efforts, appears to be gaining traction.”