IDSA member advocacy efforts remain essential for federal funding for ID/HIV priorities. The federal government is operating under a third Continuing Resolution through January 19, and a fourth CR may be needed through mid-February to allow lawmakers to complete work on a bipartisan budget agreement that averts across the board sequestration cuts and ensures increased spending caps. Congress must have a budget agreement in place to pass a separate FY2018 funding bill for all federal programs, including ID/HIV activities.
IDSA and HIVMA continue to press House and Senate members to make robust investments in federal ID and HIV program funding at the National Institutes of Health, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Health Resources and Services Administration, U.S. Agency for International Development, and the State Department. We encourage you to weigh in with your members of Congress about need for lawmakers to pass a bipartisan budget agreement and a final FY2018 appropriations bill with full funding for ID/HIV programs.
The current CR also extended funding for a limited time for the Community Health Centers program, the National Health Service Corps, and Children’s Health Insurance Program. Unfortunately, the short extensions of these programs were paid for with $750 million from the Prevention and Public Health Fund, which provides more than 12 percent of the CDC’s funding and critical support for the Section 317 immunization program, efforts to address healthcare related infections, and epidemiology and laboratory capacity activities. Lawmakers are considering a multi-year renewal of the CHIP program, which could be attached to the next Continuing Resolution. IDSA and HIVMA are urging Congress to renew these programs without further cuts to the PPHF.
A third disaster relief supplemental funding package was not included in the current Continuing Resolution. IDSA and HIVMA continue to urge Congress to support additional resources to address areas hard-hit by Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria, particularly in Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands. Infectious diseases threats are a significant burden in the wake of these hurricanes.
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