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Author Topic: ACTION ALERT - Call & Ask your Senators to OPPOSE Amendment 84  (Read 989 times)

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Offline Inchlingblue

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ACTION ALERT

Oppose Senate Amendment to Extend the Ryan White Program without Community
Consensus Recommendations


Yesterday Senator Enzi (R-WY), ranking member of the Senate Health
Education Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee along with four of his colleagues on
the committee [Hatch (R-UT), Coburn (R-OK), Burr (R-NC) and Murkowski
(R-AK)], introduced an amendment to The Affordable Health Choices Act bill (Health
Care Reform) now under consideration by the HELP Committee that would
reauthorize the Ryan White CARE Act for five years. The amendment does not reflect
the Ryan White extension consensus recommendations endorsed by over 240
HIV/AIDS organizations and would have severely negative impact on health care
access for people living with HIV/AIDS in many jurisdictions across the
country if passed in its current form.

The Ryan White Program is scheduled to sunset on September 30, 2009, so
Congress must act NOW. However, we must urge senators to oppose Amendment #84
offered yesterday and support legislation to extend the Ryan White Program that
includes the community consensus recommendations.


What's Wrong with the Extension Amendment Introduced?
The amendment introduced yesterday would:

Cut funding for states that originally collected HIV data by code whose
name based HIV surveillance case data is still maturing
Eliminate Part A funding for a number of transitional grant areas in Part
A whose HIV clients have not progressed to AIDS but are in care and not
funded
Eliminate the hold harmless provisions in both Part A and Part B
jurisdictions and states
Maintain 2% unobligated funds requirement that penalizes many
jurisdictions facing general fund cutbacks and budget and hiring freezes

What Do Want Instead?
The community consensus recommendations call for a three-year extension
that would:

Continue protection for formerly code based states with maturing HIV case
data until 2012
Extend Transitional Grant Area (TGA) eligibility for all current TGAs
until national HIV data is available and used for eligibility criteria and
service funding
Extend funding protection provisions for heavily impacted jurisdictions
Allow provision of food pursuant to a doctor's prescription as a core
medical service
Allow medical transportation as a core medical service
Help stabilize State AIDS Drug Assistance Programs by ensuring that
rebate income may be spent after federal funds are dispersed
Temporarily suspend penalties for jurisdictions with more than two
percent of unobligated funds

What Can You Do?
Call or E-mail both of your senators.

Call the Senate Switchboard at 202-224-3121 or visit www.senate.gov to find
your senators and e-mail them
.

Tell them

We want Ryan White extended but not this way. Extension of the Ryan White
Program before the summer recess must be a top priority.

Oppose Amendment #84 to the Health, Education, Labor and Pension
Committee's Affordable Health Choices Act, which would reauthorize the Ryan White
Program but have severe negative implications for states and jurisdictions
hardest hit by the AIDS epidemic.

Support legislative language to extend the Ryan White Program that reflects
the consensus of over 240 HIV/AIDS organizations across the country.

You will be in touch with the office as soon as legislation is introduced
to extend the program and implement community recommendations.

The Affordable Health Choices Act is now before the Senate HELP Committee.
If one of your senators is on the HELP Committee (list below), it is
especially important for you to call. For those not on the HELP Committee, please
highlight that this is a high priority and urge them to contact their
colleagues on the HELP Committee to voice their opposition to Amendment #84 and to
support the community consensus recommendations.

Senate HELP Committee

Democrats by Rank
Edward Kennedy (MA)
Christopher Dodd (CT)
Tom Harkin (IA)
Barbara A. Mikulski (MD)
Jeff Bingaman (NM)
Patty Murray (WA)
Jack Reed (RI)
Bernard Sanders (I) (VT)
Sherrod Brown (OH)
Robert P. Casey, Jr. (PA)
Kay Hagan (NC)
Jeff Merkley (OR)

Republicans by Rank
Michael B. Enzi (WY)
Judd Gregg (NH)
Lamar Alexander (TN)
Richard Burr (NC)
Johnny Isakson (GA)
John McCain (AZ)
Orrin G. Hatch (UT)
Lisa Murkowski (AK)
Tom Coburn, M.D. (OK)
Pat Roberts (KS)


SAMPLE LETTER FOR YOUR SENATOR:

Dear Senator________:

Although it is imperative to have an extension of the Ryan White Program before the summer recess, Amendment 84 to the Health, Education, Labor and Pension Committee's Affordable Health Choices Act is not the way to do it.

Please oppose Amendment #84 which would reauthorize the Ryan White Program but have severe negative implications for states and jurisdictions hardest hit by the AIDS epidemic.

Please support legislative language to extend the Ryan White Program that reflects the consensus of over 240 HIV/AIDS organizations across the country.

Supporting Amendment 84 would not only cost more in the long run in terms of lives and human suffering, it will also prove to be more costly economically.

Sincerely,


« Last Edit: June 24, 2009, 02:08:05 AM by Inchlingblue »

Offline WillyWump

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Re: ACTION ALERT - Call & Ask your Senators to OPPOSE Amendment 84
« Reply #1 on: June 24, 2009, 12:13:50 AM »
Thanks for this Inch, Im doing it now...

-Will
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Offline AndyArrow

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Re: ACTION ALERT - Call & Ask your Senators to OPPOSE Amendment 84
« Reply #2 on: June 24, 2009, 02:12:29 AM »
Thanks for the posting!

Direct contact from their constituents is the best way to move Senators. 

Most also have Facebook accounts where you can leave messages too!
It is not the arrival that matters.  It is the journey along the way. -- Michel Montaigne

Offline Basquo

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Re: ACTION ALERT - Call & Ask your Senators to OPPOSE Amendment 84
« Reply #3 on: June 24, 2009, 12:56:44 PM »
My senators (Hutchinson & Cornyn, sounds like a steakhouse, eh?) don't give a shit about HIV/AIDS, queers, same-sex marriage or anything else I might be motivated to write a letter about. I know this because they've each more or less told me so no less than three times in letters they sent to me in response to mine.

Offline Inchlingblue

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Re: ACTION ALERT - Call & Ask your Senators to OPPOSE Amendment 84
« Reply #4 on: June 24, 2009, 01:09:39 PM »
Basquo: Yes, there are several asshole senators out there. I think with those it's a good idea to frame the HIV/AIDS discussion around money. If ADAPs are underfunded (or funded in a way that undermines their mission) and more people get sick it will cost the state more money in the long run, at least we know they care about that.

They would also care if they realized that enough people, gay or not, cared about the issue. They have a statistical formula for determining support for certain issues such as: for every letter that one person writes that means there are X number of people who feel the same way but don't write a letter. For every phone call on a certain issue that means there are X number of people who also feel the same way but are not calling, etc. And they keep track of this for determining support.

So if they only get one letter about something (or none) it doesn't add up as much. There's definitely strength in numbers. They also know that anyone who bothers to actually write or call is someone who will likely be going to the polls and voting.

It still good to voice your views even if they disagree. And I am saying this as someone who also lives in a state with two conservative Republican senators.

Offline J.R.E.

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Re: ACTION ALERT - Call & Ask your Senators to OPPOSE Amendment 84
« Reply #5 on: June 24, 2009, 08:14:39 PM »


What Can You Do?
Call or E-mail both of your senators.

Call the Senate Switchboard at 202-224-3121 or visit www.senate.gov to find
your senators and e-mail them
.




Done !


Ray
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