NMAC Applauds Efforts to Address PLHIV in the Next COVID-19 Stimulus Package

May 13, 2020 – NMAC applauds Congresswoman Barbara Lee (D-CA) and her colleagues for more funding for people living with HIV/AIDS in the Phase IV economic stimulus package currently being considered by the U.S. House of Representatives.

“People living with HIV/AIDS who do not have access to treatment, especially racial/ethnic/sexual/gender minorities, are at a high risk of acquiring COVID-19,” said Joe Huang-Racalto, NMAC’s Director of Government Relations and Public Policy. “Given the uncertain response by the Trump Administration, we applaud Congresswoman Lee and her colleagues for their continued leadership and for ensuring that people living with HIV/AIDS are prioritized as negotiations begin on the Phase IV package,” he said.

“NMAC strongly supports these efforts and we will continue to do everything we can to ensure that adequate funding is provided, not only in the Phase IV package, but in the normal FY21 appropriations process. We urge everyone to call their members of Congress and ask them to support Congresswoman Lee’s request, “ said Huang-Racalto.

A copy of the letter can be seen here.

NMAC leads with race to urgently fight for health equity and racial justice to end the HIV epidemic in America. Since 1987, NMAC has advanced our mission through a variety of programs and services, including: a public policy education program, national and regional training conferences, a treatment and research program, numerous electronic and print materials, and a website: www.nmac.org. NMAC also serves as an association of AIDS service organizations, providing valuable information to community-based organizations, hospitals, clinics, and other groups assisting individuals and families affected by the HIV epidemic.