HIV POLICY UPDATE

November 24, 2021

BIO Preparedness Bill Introduced in the Senate

Last week, the Bolstering Infectious Outbreak (BIO) Preparedness Workforce Act was introduced in the Senate by Sens. Tammy Baldwin (D-WI), Susan Collins (R-ME), Jacky Rosen (D-NV) and Lisa Murkowski (R-AK). VOICE readers will recall that the BIO bill will help build the next generation of infectious diseases experts who will prepare for and respond to emerging health threats, including physicians, pharmacists, advanced practice providers, laboratory professionals, infection preventionists and dentists. The legislation also would help to address the critical workforce shortage in HIV clinical care for providers who deliver HIV treatment in a designated health professional shortage area, or a clinical site funded under the Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program. The press release can be viewed here.