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February 2017
Federal Government Transition Updates

IDSA and HIVMA remain hard at work advocating for our strategic priorities during the federal government transition.  Most recent activities include:

  • Issuing statements from IDSA and HIVMA on Secretary Tom Price’s confirmation and sending a letter to the new Health and Human Services (HHS) head outlining our policy goals and desire to work with him
  • Generating more than 1,800 emails from IDSA members to their congressional representatives in support of ID/HIV federal funding priorities in advance of President Trump’s planned federal budget outline release in March
  • Leading over 30 organizations in our annual Stakeholder Forum on Antimicrobial Resistance (S-FAR) Capitol Hill lobby day in support of federal funding for antimicrobial resistance activities
  • Leading a letter of over 150 organizations to the administration and Congress in support of a strong public health and biomedical research workforce, as the administration considers long-term federal hiring policies
  • Raising concerns from IDSA and HIVMA regarding the President’s travel ban for individuals from seven Muslim-majority countries
  • Developing resources to help providers stay informed on the impact of potential changes to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and to the Medicaid program
  • Leading a sign-on letter to the administration and Congress in support of US leadership in global infectious disease research and responses
  • Providing informational materials to all new members of Congress 

      The White House sent a budget blueprint to federal agencies February 27 that, while not yet released publicly, has been widely reported to propose a $54 billion increase to defense spending and an equivalent cut to non-defense spending (not including Medicare and Social Security).  It is not yet clear how the White House proposes apportioning these cuts to particular federal agencies and programs, though the Environmental Protection Agency and foreign aid are expected to see significant decreases.  The Department of Defense biomedical research programs—which support a significant amount of ID research—had also been mentioned as a likely target for larger proposed cuts.  More information may be shared during the State of the Union Address and additional communications, and Congress will ultimately need to approve any new spending or cuts.  IDSA is continuing to advocate for ID and HIV funding priorities and for a balanced approach to federal spending that does not boost defense spending at the expense of health priorities.  We will continue to emphasize that health security is a vital component of national security.  Help preserve funding for ID/HIV programs by taking action today.

IDSA and HIVMA on the Hill

      HIVMA has been on Capitol Hill urging policymakers to protect access to healthcare coverage and promoting the value of the Ryan White Program. In early March, IDSA Board members will be on Capitol Hill advocating for improved ID physician compensation; federal funding for public health and biomedical research; and incentives for the development of new antimicrobial drugs, diagnostics and vaccines. IDSA will also join other cognitive medicine societies for a congressional lobby day on physician compensation.

Take Action

      Our members’ active engagement in federal advocacy is essential for defending and advancing the policies we care about.  When IDSA sends calls to action, please take a minute or two to respond, and encourage your colleagues to do the same.  Members of Congress value your expertise.  And you don’t need to wait for us—contact your congressional representatives anytime by calling the Capitol Switchboard at 202-224-3121 and asking to be connected to your Senator or Representative’s office.  This website can help you find your Senators and Representatives.

Stay Informed

      Check the IDSA website periodically for updates in our efforts to work with the new administration and Congress.  Also, please remember to share your thoughts and views with IDSA leadership and your fellow members on MyIDSA. We are a large, diverse membership, and our thoughtful exchange of ideas continues to strengthen us.  

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