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Project Inform’s public policy program advocates at the national and California state levels for sound legislation and adequate funding to respond to the HIV and hepatitis C epidemics. We also focus on the quality and efficacy of programs that serve low-income, uninsured and underinsured people, such as Medicaid, Medicare, and the Ryan White Program, including the AIDS Drug Assistance Program.
Our public policy staff engage in many national and state coalitions to advance our goals, including: the Federal AIDS Policy Partnership, the HIV Health Care Access Working Group, the National ADAP Coalition, the National Viral Hepatitis Roundtable, the California Alliance of HIV Advocates, and the California Hepatitis Alliance. We also help lead grassroots advocacy coalitions, such as PI Action, Save America’s ADAPs and Hepatitis C Advocates UNITED.
2010 priorities for the public policy program include:
- Ensuring that implementation of health care reform addresses the needs of people with HIV/AIDS and hepatitis C and expands access to secure, quality, comprehensive and affordable care.
- Increasing funding for the Ryan White Program, with an emphasis on the AIDS Drug Assistance Program.
- Advocating for a strong response from the federal government to the hepatitis C epidemic.
- Securing adequate funding and ensuring appropriate systems for HIV/AIDS and hepatitis C services in California and opposing cuts to Medi-Cal and other public health programs that serve low-income people.
- Ensuring that people with HIV and hepatitis C understand the health care system and are able to access the care they need.