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Congresswoman McCollum's Statement on World AIDS Day

December 2, 2013
Press Release

Washington, DC – Congresswoman McCollum issued the following statement on World AIDS Day, Sunday December 1st. 

“The AIDS epidemic has taken countless lives and millions of men and women around the world continue to live with this disease. There have been fantastic advancements in pursuit of a cure, thanks in large part to the work of advocates dedicated to ending this epidemic. Today, we remember those we have lost to this awful disease and honor the work of those continuing to fight for a cure.

“I am proud of my work in Congress to pass legislation that will help those affected by HIV/AIDS get the treatment they need. Thanks to the Affordable Care Act, insurance companies can no longer deny coverage due to those with HIV/AIDS because of their pre-existing condition.  Insurers cannot put a cap on the lifetime benefits that those struggling with HIV/AIDS can receive and Medicaid expansion will allow more people access to better care.”

Congresswoman Betty McCollum serves on the House Appropriations Committee.  She is Democratic Co-Chair of the Congressional Native American Caucus.