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The Ryan White HIV/AIDS Treatment Modernization Act of 2006: Does It Meet the Need?: 

The Ryan White HIV/AIDS Treatment Modernization Act of 2006: Does It Meet the Need? Louisiana State Training February 1-2, 2007 SAC Presentation Special Thanks to Kathie Hiers, Beth Scalco, NMAC

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Is the Ryan White HIV/AIDS Treatment Modernization Act of 2006 good for the South or Not?

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GOOD NEWS WE GOT A BILL

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BAD NEWS WE GOT A BILL

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The HIV/AIDS epidemic of today affects more women, more minorities, and more people in rural areas and the South than ever before,” Enzi said. “While we have made significant progress in understanding and treating this disease, there is still much more to do to ensure equitable treatment for all Americans infected with HIV and AIDS. We must ensure that those infected with HIV and living with AIDS will receive our support and our compassion, regardless of their race, their gender, or where they live.” Senator Mike Enzi September 25, 2006

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“I strongly believe people suffering from HIV/AIDS, no matter where they live, should get proper medications in order to improve their health and quality of life,” Burr said. “I am pleased my colleagues in the Senate recognized that this issue is about saving lives and ensuring all HIV/AIDS patients get the care they need.” Senator Richard Burr December 6th, 2006

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Pelosi wrote: "San Francisco has the highest per capita caseload of people living with AIDS in the country, and the third highest number of AIDS cases in the U.S. San Francisco was the first community to bear the brunt of this terrible disease. The City rose to the challenge and created successful models of care that have been replicated by communities throughout the nation. Although San Francisco has been helpful to the rest of the country in care efforts, our challenge has not gone away. There are more people living with AIDS in San Francisco's EMA than at any point in the epidemic's history." Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi (Speaker of the House) September 19, 2006

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Today, 25 years later, the new outbreaks of HIV are occurring in Southern cities and the capitals of rural America. Yet a federal AIDS treatment funding bill that would increase aid to cities with rising incidences of the disease is stalled in the U.S. Senate. That fight, if left unresolved, would scuttle an extension on new reporting requirements that is linked to millions in AIDS dollars for the Baltimore metropolitan area. The outlay of federal AIDS dollars should reflect the changing course of this disease; failing to acknowledge that reality may compromise lives. Baltimore Sun November 2, 2006

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Politics and Policy | HIV/AIDS Advocates From Alabama, South Carolina Call for Reauthorization of Ryan White CARE Act [Nov 15, 2006] HIV/AIDS activists in Alabama and South Carolina on Monday joined the National Minority Health Month Foundation in calling on Congress to reauthorize the Ryan White CARE Act -- which provides funding for HIV/AIDS programs in the U.S. -- before Congress adjourns next month, the Tuscaloosa News reports (Herriman, Tuscaloosa News, 11/14)., 11/14). Southern states would be able to expand their lists of HIV/AIDS medications covered under the CARE Act if the current version of the measure is approved, Kathie Hiers, CEO of the not-for-profit group AIDS Alabama, said, adding that if additional funding were granted for the measure, it would ease objections from states whose funding would be decreased.

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The "new" Ryan White cuts funding relied on by PLWAs, primarily in the original epicenters of AIDS. The "old" Ryan White shortchanges people newly infected, primarily living in rural areas and the Deep South. This geographic splitting is partisan politics at play. We will not sacrifice people living with HIV/AIDS anywhere in the country to bolster anyone's ratings at the polls this November. Housing Works Alert September 26, 2006

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Why did the Southern AIDS Coalition Support the Bill ? Overall gain for the Southern States Epidemic in the South was recognized: some new funds found (?? 70 Million ??) Redistribution occurred Hold harmless mitigated losses Given the reality this bill was better than no bill at all

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We allow our ignorance to prevail upon us and make us think we can survive alone, alone in patches, alone in groups, alone in races, even alone in genders. Maya Angelou

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Lessons Learned Reauthorization 2006 The South is truly better off if we continue to work together as southern advocates We have to stay a squeaky wheel Develop grassroots network locally, statewide, regionally, and federally Our voice, our story is just as important as anyone else.

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What Should Next Reauthorization Hold? Throw out current legislation, which is ludicrously complicated and political Hold all jurisdictions harmless…take no money away Direct all new funding at jurisdictions that receive a lesser per case amount until parity is achieved Let’s throw it away and start all over!

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“Most Americans have never seen the ignorance, degradation, hunger, sickness, and futility in which many other Americans live… They won’t become involved in economic or political change until something brings the seriousness of the situation home to them.” Shirley Chisholm

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