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Congress, in its first comprehensive effort to combat the AIDS epidemic, passed legislation sharply increasing both funding and personnel for research.
Sponsors Fear Measure Will Die as Senator Bars Final Approval, Assails Confidentiality Protection
The AIDS bill expected to come to the floor of the House is not the kind of comprehensive measure that many AIDS victims and others had hoped for. Rep. Waxman, the bill’s principal sponsor, felt certain provisions remain too controversial to be passed at this time.
The Washington Post: Waxman - Breadwinner For Medicaid Recipients Quarter-loaf is $600 million over 3 years
Amidst an administration known for fiscal frugality, Rep. Waxman continues to fight to preserve provisions that would enlarge Medicaid. He is an advocate of increasing spending to provide better healthcare services to the disadvantaged. These services include coverage for thousands of low-income pregnant women, and tougher standards for nursing homes.
Congress should guarantee HIV test confidentiality and protection against discrimination
Congress is undergoing a nasty ideological battle over the legislation of acquired immune deficiency syndrome. The pending AIDS bill will couple a three-year, $ 1.2 billion increase in federal funds for testing and counseling with restrictions on public disclosure of test results and a ban on discriminating against individuals suffering from AIDS or carrying the virus.
Reagan Administration officials told a Congressional subcommittee hearing that a new Federal law was not needed at this time to restrict discrimination and guarantee the confidentiality of test results because the states already had or were moving to adopt the necessary protection. In this article, Congressman Waxman discusses his support for strong federal bills that would support such measures.
The Reagan administration opposes the Waxman sponsored bill that would ban discrimination against people infected with the AIDS virus, boost funds for AIDS services and ensure confidentiality for those tested.
President Reagan has ignored addressing the subject of AIDS and Rep. Waxman cautions that if Reagan continues to breach this issue, “we will have years more of bickering between public health figures and moralists, more infections and more deaths.”
Article that mentions Rep. Waxman is printed in Near East Report.