Follow-Up: Hepatitis Appropriations Partnership (HAP) deadline for signing-on will be tomorrow, Wednesday, May 9, 2012 at 5 pm EST.

 
 
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Follow-Up:

Dear Colleagues:

On behalf of the Hepatitis Appropriations Partnership, I’d like to thank you for signing on to our letter highlighting the importance of preserving the Prevention and Public Health Fund (PPHF) and the impact that any cuts would have on viral hepatitis nationwide. The final letter is attached.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me. I look forward to continuing the fight against these silent epidemics with all of you.

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Sincerely,

Oscar Mairena
Senior Associate, Viral Hepatitis/Policy and Legislative Affairs
National Alliance of State & Territorial AIDS Directors (NASTAD)
444 North Capitol Street NW, Suite 339
Washington, DC 20001
Phone: (202) 434.8058   Fax: (202) 434.8092
omairena@NASTAD.org   www.NASTAD.org


 

Dear Colleagues:

As you may know, the House proposed to use the Prevention and Public Health Fund (PPHF) as an offset for student loan interest rates when they passed the Interest Rate Reduction Act. This action politicizes two paramount issues that should be every legislators priority – the health and education of all Americans.

Further, the fund’s unobligated FY2012 dollars would also be eliminated. You may recall that the Division of Viral Hepatitis (DVH) was allocated $10 million from the PPHF in FY2012. This action would jeopardize that funding. Though this legislation is not expected to pass the Senate and the President has already issued a veto threat, it is crucial for Senate leadership to hear from constituents and organizations opposing this legislation.

Attached is a letter from the Hepatitis Appropriations Partnership (HAP) to Senate leadership highlighting the impact the Interest Rate Reduction Act would have on viral hepatitis nationwide and encouraging opposition to any further cuts to the PPHF. On behalf of HAP, I invite your organization to sign on to this letter.

With Congress coming back into session next week, we would like to get this letter out as soon as possible. As such, the deadline for signing-on will be tomorrow, Wednesday, May 9, 2012 at 5 pm EST. For more information or to sign on please email omairena@NASTAD.org.

Oscar Mairena
Senior Associate, Viral Hepatitis/Policy and Legislative Affairs
National Alliance of State & Territorial AIDS Directors (NASTAD)
444 North Capitol Street NW, Suite 339
Washington, DC 20001
Phone: (202) 434.8058   Fax: (202) 434.8092
omairena@NASTAD.org   www.NASTAD.org