Coalition Sign-on Letters Joined by NCSD - March 9, 2012
Over the last week, NCSD has signed two coalition letters on two separate topics.This first letter, authored by the Family Planning Coalition, requests that leaders of the Appropriations Committee in both the House of Representatives and the Senate "protect the critical, cost-saving programs that provide family planning, sexual, and reproductive health care to millions of women, men, children, and families."This letter also contained the community funding request for the Division of STD Prevention of $180 million.A full version of this letter can be found here.
The second was a letter to the United States Preventive Services Task Force (USPSF) to recommend a positive grade for routine HIV screening as you review the compelling current science in support of routine HIV testing.The USPSTF is an independent panel that conducts scientific evidence reviews of clinical preventive health care services and develops recommendations for primary care clinicians and health systems. Their recommendations are used in determining whether a preventive service can be reimbursed by insurance payers, particularly as health reform is implemented.A full version of this letter can be found here.
Please contact NCSD's Manager, Policy and Communications, Stephanie Arnold Pang at firstname.lastname@example.org or 202-715-3865with any questions or concerns.
NCSD has published a resource on Third Trimester Screening for Syphilis and HIV. This resource details the importance of screening during pregnancy, and lays out some current state policy trends regarding third trimester syphilis screening.