Public Comments, Letters & Presentations

Comments to Social Security Administration on Proposed Revised Medical Criteria for Evaluating HIV Infection |  May 2014

HIV Law Project authored comments on behalf of 30 for 30 Campaign urging the Social Security Administration to not go forward with proposed changes that would remove language specific to women in the HIV disability listing.

HIV Policy Recommendations for New York City |  February 2014

HIV Law Project sent these broad-ranging policy recommendations to Mayor De Blasio and his Commissioners, as well as all members of the New York City Council.

Comments to NYS Department of Financial Services |  November 2013

HIV Law Project submitted comments to the NYS Department of Financial Services regarding the importance of maintaining confidentiality of insurance benefits statements for minors accessing sensitive services.

Comments to HRSA In Support of Reauthorization of the Ryan White CARE Act |  July 2012

HIV Law Project submitted comments to HRSA chronicling the value of supportive services, and urging the reauthorization of the Ryan White CARE Act.

Comments to the General Welfare Committee of the City Council of NY Regarding Recent Policy Changes at the HIV/AIDS Services Administration |  February 2012

HIV Law Project submitted comments to the City Council of NYC regarding policy changes that negatively impact clients of the City’s HIV/AIDS Services Administration.  The policies at issue include the payment of only 50% of real estate brokers’ fees, the payment of security deposits to landlords in the form of a voucher, and the initiation of substance use screening.

Comments to the Global Commission on HIV and the Law |  October 2011

HIV Law Project co-authored these comments on behalf of the AIDS Committee of the New York City Bar Association.  The comments urged the legalization of programs supporting sterile needles, and urged the decriminalization of HIV exposure or transmission.

Testimony on Needs of HIV-Positive, LGBT Immigrants |  May 2011

HIV Law Project testified before The New York City Council’s Committee on Immigration. HIV Law Project sought to draw the Council’s attention to the negative impact of the Secure Communities program, or S-Comm, on HIV+ immigrants. S-Comm is a voluntary program whereby local law enforcement agencies agree to share with the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) the fingerprints of any immigrant who is arrested. Fingerprints are shared automatically and instantly, even if the individual arrested is later proven to be innocent or is found guilty of an extremely minor offense such as traffic tickets.

Comments to Institute of Medicine Regarding Coverage of HIV Testing as a Preventive Service for Women |  May 2011

HIV Law Project co-authored these comments on behalf of the HIV Testing Reimbursement Subcommittee of the HIV Health Care Access Working Group affiliated with the Federal AIDS Policy Partnership.  The comments urged that all HIV tests should be covered by insurers as a preventive service for women, including transgender women, regardless of the patient’s known risk factors, with no cost sharing by the patient.

Comments to U.S. Department of Health and Human Services re. Youth Policy |  January 2011

HIV Law Project submitted these comments urging HHS to prioritize comprehensive sexuality education as well as sexual health prevention programming, both in schools and youth-serving programs, as they created federal youth policy.

Women & Criminal HIV Exposure and Transmission Laws: Origins, Effects & Alternatives.  Testimony for the American Bar Association AIDS Coordinating Committee on Criminal HIV Exposure and Transmission Laws |  November 2010

HIV Law Project, together with WORLD’s U.S. Positive Women’s Network (PWN) and Aziza Ahmed, Assistant Professor of Law, Northeastern University School of Law, submitted this testimony about the impacts of HIV criminalization on women.

Comments to HHS re. Pre-Existing Condition Plans |  September 2010

HIV Law Project co-authored these comments submitted on behalf of 7 allied agencies regarding concerns with the Interim Final Rule regarding the Pre-Existing Condition Insurance Plan Program.

Comments to the General Welfare Committee of the City Council of NY Regarding Proposed Cuts of Case Managers at the HIV/AIDS Services Administration |  March 2010

HIV Law Project authored these comments submitted on behalf of 6 sister agencies expressing our concern over proposed cuts to case management staff at the HIV/AIDS Services Administration (HASA).

Comments to CDC re. Removing HIV from the List of Communicable Diseases that are the Basis for Exclusion from the U.S. | August 2009

HIV Law Project submitted comments to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in response to a proposed rule on Medical Examination of Aliens- Removal of Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) Infection From Definition of Communicable Disease of Public Health Significance.  Removing HIV from the Definition would put an end to the travel ban excluding HIV-positive immigrants and visitors.

The Uniting American Families Act: Addressing Inequality in Federal Immigration Law | June 2009

HIV Law Project submitted testimony in support of the Uniting American Families Act, which would allow permanent partners of U.S. citizens and permanent residents to obtain permanent resident status (“green cards”). This proposed change in the law would lift a bar that prevents many of our clients from regularizing their immigration status.

Testimony On Comprehensive Sexuality Education Programs | May 2009

HIV Law Project’s Center for Women & HIV Advocacy submitted written testimony to the U.S. Senate’s Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and Related Agencies urging the Subcommittee to end all support for abstinence-only-until-marriage programs, and to support comprehensive sexuality education programming.

Comments to HHS in Support of the Proposed Rescission of the “Provider Conscience Rule” | April 2009

HIV Law Project submitted comments to HHS regarding the proposed rescission of the Provider Conscience Rule, which would allow health care providers to refuse to perform certain services based on religious objections.  We argue that if the rule were left standing, the risk that it will limit access to a wide range of health care services and disturb existing protections for patients is too high. Accordingly, it should be rescinded, as proposed.

Comments to the General Welfare Committee of the City Council of NY Regarding the Importance of Maintaining Supportive Housing for Women Living with HIV/AIDS | April 2009

HIV Law Project authored these comments submitted on behalf of 5 sister agencies to the New York City Council expressing our concern over proposed cuts to supportive housing services.

Public Comment: Rule on Medical Examination of Aliens- Revisions to Medical Screening Process | December 2008

HIV Law Project responds to a proposed rule that would modify the list of communicable diseases of public health significance, while failing to remove HIV from that list, in effect maintaining the HIV travel ban for immigrants and visitors to the U.S.

Right to Informed Consent for HIV Testing | September 2008

HIV Law Project’s slide set explores Article 27-f of New York Public Health Law as it supports the expansion of access to routine voluntary HIV testing throughout the general population.