Obama Requests More Money For HIV/AIDS, Other Health Program

On Friday, President Obama updated his pending fiscal year 2011 HHS budget request to include $400 million more for HIV/AIDS programs, high-risk insurance pools and health worker training, CQ HealthBeat reports. He made the request to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.).

Obama seeks an additional $30 million for state programs that provide drugs for people living with HIV and $35 million more for HIV/AIDS prevention initiatives and research programs. The administration has been facing criticism from the AIDS Healthcare Foundation and other advocacy groups that claim it has not devoted enough money to HIV/AIDS programs.

Obama's letter calls for $250 million for programs to train primary care physicians and health care workers who focus on care for seniors. The president also requested more funding for programs related to the health reform law (PL 111-148), including an additional $55 million to help states establish high-risk insurance pools and $30 million more for consumer information about health insurance.

White House officials said the request proposes several spending offsets, including a reduction in buildings, facilities and construction funding for NIH, as well as cuts to CDC grants (Young, CQ Today, 8/20).

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