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AIDS Healthcare Foundation Lobbying Congress To Reauthorize PEPFAR

“Many AIDS policy analysts assume that Congress may not have time to reauthorize major global HIV/AIDS programs this year,” but the “AIDS Healthcare Foundation [AHF], which runs treatment clinics around the globe, is bringing in patients and providers from Haiti, South Africa, Uganda, Nigeria and Vietnam to press lawmakers of both parties to renew [PEPFAR],” CQ HealthBeat reports. Though some “federal officials have expressed some doubts about whether lawmakers will pass a reauthorization this year,” the group “sees an opportunity for shifting PEPFAR funds to the areas that they are involved in — testing and treating patients,” the news service writes, noting AHF is “asking appropriators to include report language that would urge the Department of State ‘to seek to devote 75 percent of PEPFAR dollars to antiretroviral drug and medical treatment and HIV testing.'” AHF’s suggested provision “assumes that appropriators would provide $7.73 billion for PEPFAR, which is higher than President Barack Obama’s budget request,” the news service notes. AHF General Counsel Tom Myers said, “Hopefully we can persuade people to take the time to reauthorize the program and tailor the law to make a great program better,” according to CQ HealthBeat (Adams, 5/17).