Issue Background

Federal Legislation

2020 Testimony and Coalition Letters

September 16, 2020 
APIC signed onto a coalition letter by Keep Antibiotics Working to DC representatives and the commissioner of the FDA. The letter asks the FDA to support the Center for Veterinary Medicine's Five-Year Action Plan for Supporting Antimicrobial Stewardship.

September 3, 2020
APIC joined more than 230 organizations on a letter urging the White House Coronavirus Task Force to reverse the revisions to CDC’s testing guidelines for asymptomatic individuals.

August 19, 2020
This coalition letter sent to the House of Representatives expresses support for the AHRQ Funding Bill H.R. 8067 so they may conduct vital COVID research. 

July 16, 2020
This APIC letter was sent to members of the COVID-19 Taskforce expressing concerns regarding the shift of reporting COVID-19 data from NHSN to HHS Protect.

July 14, 2020
This coalition letter urges Vice President to support Dr. Anthony Fauci and science-based public health strategies.

July 2, 2020
This letter urges Congress to make long term investments into the nation's public health infrastructure.

July 1, 2020
This coalition letter was signed by 347 organziations to express "deep concern" about increasing reports of resistance to evidence-based public health messages and threats to public health leaders and agencies, and called on the Secretary to be an advocate for public health.

June 26, 2020
This APIC letter is in response to Senator Lamar Alexander’s request for ideas on how to address the next pandemic. This letter specifically addresses certification and long-term care infection control programs.

June 25, 2020
This S-FAR letter is in response to Senator Lamar Alexander’s request for ideas on how to address the next pandemic. This letter specifically addresses antibiotic use and antimicrobial resistance.

June 23, 2020
A coalition letter urging Sec. Azar to renew the public health emergency declaration before it expires next month.

June 15, 2020
This Global Health Council statement expresses concern regarding the United States government’s decision to terminate relations with the World Health Organization (WHO).

May 26, 2020
The purpose of this letter is to support legislation that creates a loan forgiveness program for public health workers to encourage their recruitment.

April 29, 2020
This statement encourages federal, state, and local officials to rely on data and experts before easing physical distancing measures.

April 3, 2020
This coalition letter asks the Administration to take immediate action to alleviate the critical shortage across the nation of ventilators and personal protective equipment (PPE), such as masks, face shields and gowns, resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic.

April 3, 2020
This letter requests $4.5 B in additional funding for public health infrastructure to combat the spread of COVID-19.

April 3, 2020
This letter from the Data: Elemental to Health coalition asks the House of Representatives to appropriate $100M in funding for public health data infrastructure in FY 2021.

April 1, 2020
This letter asks the Administration to consider the evidence from healthcare professionals before encouraging the country to go back to work and school.

March 30, 2020
The letter requests Congress include language in future COVID-19 legislation to study and review the federal response to the outbreak.

March 25, 2020
This letter urges House leadership to provide $824M for the CDC’s Public Health Emergency Preparedness Cooperative Agreement and $427M for ASPR’s Hospital Preparedness Program.

March 24, 2020
This is outside witness testimony by APIC, Society of Infectious Diseases Pharmacists (SIDP), Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America (SHEA) to the House and Senate appropriations committees overseeing CDC funding to key infection prevention and control programs.

March 20, 2020
This letter from a coalition assembled by Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO) recommends $4.5B in additional annual funding for CDC, state, local, tribal, and territorial public health infrastructures.

March 13, 2020
This coalition letter recommends Congress include paid sick leave and financial assistance in a future Coronavirus package.

March 10, 2020
APIC letter to Governor Cuomo highlighting the need for a certified infection prevention workforce to be prepared for future pandemics.

March 9, 2020
This letter to the House Appropriations Committee requests Congress increase funding for the Advanced Molecular Detection program.

March 2, 2020
This letter for the TB Roundtable outlines the funding priorities to combat tuberculosis both domestically and globally.

February 26, 2020
This letter highlights the funding necessary for important infection prevention and control programs under the CDC.

February 26, 2020
APIC joined a CDC Coalition letter urging Congress to provide at least $8.3 billion for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s programs in the FY 2021 Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and Related Agencies Appropriations bill. 

January 28, 2020
APIC signed onto a letter being circulated by the Stakeholder Forum on Antimicrobial Resistance to Secretary Azar highlighting the need to invest in new and novel antibiotics. 

January 28, 2020
An ad-hoc coalition of public health organizations sent a letter encouraging the Deparmtne of Homeland Security to implement an influenza program for people in the custody of the  U.S. Customs and Border Protection agency.


2019 Testimony and Coalition Letters

December 11, 2019
The Adult Vaccine Access Coalition sent a letter a letter to Robert Kadlec, MD, Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response, about the President’s Executive Order (EO) directing the US Department of Health and Human Services to overhaul seasonal flu vaccine production and urge more Americans to be vaccinated.

November 11, 2019
The Stakeholder Forum on Antimicrobial Resistance (S-FAR) sent a letter encouraging Secretary Azar to include a request 
for antibiotic incentives in the upcoming supplemental funding bill to research a universal flu vaccine. 

November 11, 2019
The Stakeholder Forum on Antimicrobial Resistance (S-FAR) sent a letter to House and Senate Appropriators asking them to support key programs promoting antibiotic stewardship and combating antimicrobial resistance. 

September 13, 2019
The Stakeholder Forum on Antimicrobial Resistance (S-FAR) sent a letter encouraging Secretary Azar to support incentives to increase the antibiotic pipeline.

August 15, 2019 
The American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology sent a letter encouraging the FDA to expedite the review process process on penicillin skin testing. 

July 8, 2019
The S-FAR sent a letter supporting the DISARM Act, which is an effort to help restructure Medicare reimbursements for antibiotics. 

June 21, 2019
The CDC Coalition sent a letter to the U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee urging the Senate to match increased funding levels that passed through the House of Representatives. 

June 18, 2019
The Trust for America's Health (TFAH) sent a letter to sponsors of the Prevention and Public Health Funding (PPHF) Restoration Act, which restores the PPHF to its initial funding targets for this fiscal year. 

June 10, 2019 
The Trust for America's Health sent a letter of support for the LIFT America Act, which is a broad infrastructure package which has provisions for improvements to public health laboratories, public health data modernization, state, local, tribal and territorial core public health infrastructure, and CDC's core public health infrastructure.

April 24, 2019
APIC sent a letter to the Pennsylvania Senate Health Committee supporting efforts to require surgical technicians and sterile processors be certified prior to practice. 

April 8, 2019 
APIC and SHEA sent joint testimony to the House Appropriations Committee supporting HAI, Vaccines, and antibiotic resistance programs. 

March 25, 2019
The Data: Elemental to Health Campaign Coalition sent a letter supporting $100 million in funding for FY 2020 to modernize its data platforms, and support the modernization/implementation of systems at state and local health departments. 

March 11, 2019
The Stakeholder Forum on Antimicrobial Resistance sent a letter to the House and Senate Appropriations Committees requesting funding for key infection prevention and control programs.  

March 7, 2019
The Friends of AHRQ coalition sent a letter requests Congress provide the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) $460 million in funding for FY 2020. 

March 4, 2019
The CDC Coalition sent a letter urging the House and Senate Appropriations Committees to provide $7.8 billion in funding for the CDC. 

February 15, 2019 
The Nondefense Discretionary sent a letter to Members of Congress to protect nondefense discretionary programs in the FY 2019 budget.  

February 14, 2019
APIC sent a letter to the California Department of Public Health as there were revisiting infection prevention regulations in the state.