August 24, 2009

August 24, 2009
Urge Your House Member to Sign
Dear Colleague Letter In Support
of Three-Year Extension!


Welcome to another day in my life. Today is Monday and I am feeling under the weather so I am staying close to home today. I need to rest up before I have to leave for the Gay Men's Health Summit on Thursday.

But there is something I would like to talk about again today. I need your help getting Ryan White funding extended so please read and do the following:



Rep. Hank Johnson (D-GA) is circulating a sign-on letter among his House of Representatives colleagues in support of a three-year Ryan White Program extension that incorporates changes put forward in the community consensus document. Urge your member in the House to demonstrate their commitment to the Ryan White Program and those it serves in your community by signing this letter. (Remember that most Part A jurisdictions have multiple House reps, and all should be urged to sign). It is imperative that as many House members as possible sign the letter before Congress returns from the August recess. The letter, which is addressed to Rep. Henry Waxman (D-CA), who chairs the Energy and Commerce Committee, and to Ranking Member Joe Barton (R-TX), is copied below along with the note Rep. Johnson sent to his colleagues.



To sign the letter, Congressional offices should contact:

Scott Goldstein Senior Legislative Assistant Office of Congressman Hank Johnson (GA-4) ph (202) 225-1605 / fax (202) 226-0691 email scott.goldstein@ mail.house. gov

--CAEAR Coalition

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Subject: HealthCare: Dear Colleague: Support an Extension of the Ryan White HIV/AIDS Treatment Modernization Act

Support an Extension of the Ryan White HIV/AIDS Treatment Modernization Act

From: The Honorable Henry C. "Hank" Johnson Jr.

Dear Colleague,

I write to ask you to cosign the letter below, which calls on Chairman Waxman and Ranking Member Barton to pass swiftly a three-year extension of the Ryan White HIV/AIDS Treatment Modernization Act. The current law expires on September 30th, 2009, and, without an extension, countless low-income Americans living with HIV/AIDS will lose critical benefits.

Please contact Scott Goldstein in my office at scott.goldstein@ mail.house. gov or 5-1605 for more information or if you would like to sign on as a cosponsor.



August XX, 2009



The Honorable Henry A. Waxman

Chairman

Committee on Energy and Commerce

U.S. House of Representatives

2204 Rayburn House Office Building

Washington, DC 20515-0530



The Honorable Joe Barton

Ranking Minority Member

Committee on Energy and Commerce

U.S. House of Representatives

2109 Rayburn House Office Building

Washington, DC 20515-4306



Dear Chairman Waxman and Representative Barton:

We write to urge swift action on a three-year extension of the Ryan White HIV/AIDS Treatment Modernization Act that reflects the unified recommendations of over 275 HIV/AIDS organizations in 45 states across the country. This lifesaving legislation funds an array of innovative and effective services that form the healthcare safety net for uninsured and underinsured Americans living with HIV/AIDS. With the Act set to expire on September 30, 2009, it is imperative that Congress act to extend this landmark legislation well before that date to ensure that vital services are not withheld from people who so desperately need them.

Americans living with HIV/AIDS and those who care for them will be best served by a Ryan White Program that is extended for three years and is amended to include the recommendations that reflect an unprecedented consensus among those on the frontlines of the epidemic. The recommendations include (1) authorizing "such sums as necessary" for the program to ensure adequate funding, (2) updating the Requirement of Names-Based Reporting section to include fiscal years 2010 through 2012, (3) updating Sec. 2609 (c) Certain Eligiblity Rules under Title I of the current legislation to ensure that transitional grant areas retain their status and continuity of care is preserved, and other technical fixes detailed in the enclosed "HIV/AIDS Community Consensus on the Future of the Ryan White HIV/AIDS Treatment Modernization Act" .

Timely extension of the legislation is essential to ensure that uninsured and underinsured people living with HIV/AIDS do not experience a gap in the delivery of life-saving medical and supportive services as our nation transitions into a new health care environment. On behalf of our constituents living with HIV/AIDS who receive Ryan White services, we ask that you prioritize extending the Ryan White HIV/AIDS Treatment Modernization Act before the September 30, 2009 deadline. Anything less will result in unfortunate consequences for low-income Americans living with HIV/AIDS.

Sincerely,

Hank Johnson

Member of Congress

Thanks for your help. You will be helping save lives of American men, women and children with HIV and AIDS.

Until we meet again; here's wishing you health, hope and happiness.



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