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Friday, 21 September 2018

Donald Trump to Cut off Support From People Living With HIV, Cancer, Others

The Trump administration plans to use millions of dollars currently supporting healthcare research on cancer, HIV and other diseases to fund housing for a growing population of detained immigrant minors.

The Department of Health and Human Services (HSS) aims to channel $266 million of its current funding for a variety of programmes to finance the Unaccompanied Alien Children (UAC) programme, run by the HSS’ Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR).
The plans are outlined in a letter dated September 5 signed by HHS Secretary Alex Azar to Senator Patty Murray of Washington State, the top Democrat on the Senate health committee. The letter was first obtained by Yahoo News and later published by CNN on Thursday.
News reports in recent months have suggested the HHS would reallocate funds from healthcare research to tackle the rising costs of providing for the immigrant children in custody, but the letter now provides a precise description of exactly which programmes would be affected, and by how much.
Azar intends to transfer $80 million from existing ORR programs for UAC use, and reallocate the remaining $186 million from programmes within the HHS—including a $5.7 million cut to the Ryan White HIV/AIDS programme, which provides funding to HIV health care and support services across the US.
It also earmarked a total $16.7 million from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), including $3.8 million dedicated to the prevention of HIV/AIDS, hepatitis, tuberculosis and sexually transmitted diseases, as well as $9.8 million from Medicare and Medicaid program operations and $13.3 million from the National Cancer Institute.
The publication of Azar’s plans comes as the CDC reported that 13-29-year-old men engaging in same-sex intercourse made up 45 percent of new HIV infections between 2008 and 2016.


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