Commission Chronology, 1989-1993
Drawn from "AIDS: An Expanding Tragedy (Final Report to the President and Congress)," Appendix D
NCAIDS Year 1 (August 1989-July 1990)
August 3--Meeting to select Chairman and discuss future direction of Commission. Washington, D.C.
September 6--Statement in support of passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act.
September 18--Hearings to gain an overview of the HIV epidemic and Commission meeting to review the recommendations made by the Presidential Committee on the Human Immunodeficiency Virus Epidemic. Washington, D.C.
September 19--Site visit to the Whitman Walker Clinic, meeting with General Services Administration General Counsel, and meeting to discuss Commission business. Washington, D.C.
September 19--Statement in support of increase in AIDS funding in the FY 1990 Appropriations Bill.
September 26--Statement in support of the goal of treatment on demand for drug users.
November 2-3--Hearings on health care, treatment, finance, and international aspects of the HIV epidemic. Washington, D.C.
November 7--Statement in support of continued funding of research on the effectiveness of bleach distribution.
December 5--First interim report to President Bush and the Congress: "Failure of U.S. Health Care System to Deal with HIV Epidemic."
December 12--Press conference in which a Commission resolution calls for an end to discriminatory visa and immigration practices and a review of immigration policies regarding communicable diseases, particularly HIV infection. Washington, D.C.
January 4-5--Hearing of the Working Group on Federal, State, and Local Responsibilities. The hearing’s purpose was to examine the roles and responsibilities of different levels of government in responding to the AIDS/HIV epidemic. St. Paul, Minnesota.
January 24-26--Hearing and site visits to assess regional aspects of the HIV epidemic in Southern California. Visits were made to Los Angeles Area community-based organizations, clinics, a hospice, and a public hospital. Hollywood, California.
February 15-16--Hearing of the Working Group on Social and Human Issues to examine the relationship of early intervention, HIV testing, and psychosocial issues to HIV. Boston, Massachusetts.
February 26-27--Site visits to study issues of HIV and AIDS among the homeless, drug users, and hemophiliacs. New York City, Newark, and Jersey City.
March 6--Testimony of Chairman June E. Osborn, M.D., on meeting the health care needs of people living with HIV and AIDS before the Task Force on Human Resources of the Committee of the Budget of the United States House of Representatives.
March 6--Endorsement of principles and objectives of the Comprehensive AIDS Resources Emergency (CARE) Act of 1990.
March 9--Letter to President Bush urging him to resolve visa controversy before international conferences to be held in the United States in June and August of 1990.
March 15--Statement that, despite debate among epidemiologists, the HIV epidemic will have a greater impact in the 1990s than in the1980s.
March 15--Summary report of the Working Group on Federal, State, and Local Responsibilities, including recommendations from January meeting in St. Paul, Minnesota, on the roles and responsibilities of different levels of government.
March 15--Hearings to review executive and legislative branch initiatives, including the National Drug Control Strategy and the Report of the U.S. Bipartisan Commission on Comprehensive Health Care. Washington, D.C.
April 16-17--Site visits to examine issues surrounding AIDS in rural communities. Waycross, Albany, and Macon, Georgia.
April 24--Second interim report to President Bush and the Congress: "Leadership, Legislation, and Regulation."
May 7--Letters to Senate Majority Leader Mitchell and Senate Minority Leader Dole urging Senate consideration of the Ryan White CARE Act of 1990.
May 7-8--Hearing to review current research activities, particularly clinical trials, and Commission meeting. Washington, D.C.
May 11--Statement endorsing principles and objectives of AIDS Prevention Act (H.R. 4470) and Medicaid AIDS and HIV Amendments Act of 1990 (H.R. 4080).
June 6--Letters to Speaker of the House Thomas Foley and House Minority Leader Robert Michel urging Congress to resist attempts to impose a federal mandate on states for name reporting.
July 9-10--Hearing by the Working Group on Social and Human Issues to examine early intervention and HIV testing from the public health perspective, as well as the range of social and human services needed by people affected by the HIV/AIDS epidemic. Dallas, Texas.
July 18-19--Hearings to review current health care personnel and work force issues. Washington, D.C.
July 30-31--Working Group on Social and Human Issues hearing and site visits to examine the range of services needed by people affected by the HIV/AIDS epidemic, the partnerships and coalitions necessary to provide these services, and the social and human services programs established in the Seattle-King County Region. Seattle, Washington.
NCAIDS Year 2 (August 1990-July 1991)
August--First annual report to the President and the Congress documenting and describing the work of the Commission over the preceding year.
August 16-17--Hearings and site visits to examine HIV infection and AIDS in correctional facilities. New York State.
August 21--Third interim report to President Bush and the Congress: "Research, the Work Force, and the HIV Epidemic in Rural America."
August 22-23--Hispanic Think Tank AIDS Forum II on AIDS in Puerto Rico and among the Puerto Rican population on the mainland. San Juan, Puerto Rico.
September 17-18--Hearings to discuss issues of public health and the HIV epidemic. Washington, D.C.
September 18--Letter to President Bush and the Congress calling for full funding of the Ryan White CARE Act.
November 27-28--Hearings and site visits to assess the impact of the HIV epidemic in the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico. San Juan, Puerto Rico.
December 17--Hearings on HIV disease in African American communities. Baltimore, Maryland.
December 18--Technical briefing on health care financing issues and Commission business meeting. Baltimore, Maryland.
January 17--Hearing on HIV disease and substance use. Washington, D.C.
February 6-7--Site visits to examine regional response to the HIV epidemic. Belle Glade and Miami, Florida.
February 25-28--Site visits to study HIV disease in Native American communities. Oklahoma, Minnesota, South Dakota, Arizona, and New Mexico.
March 11-13--Hearings and site visits to assess pediatric and adolescent HIV disease and issues surrounding HIV/AIDS in Hispanic communities. Chicago, Illinois.
March 15--Fourth interim report to President Bush and the Congress: "HIV Disease in Correctional Facilities."
April--Report of the Working Group on Social and Human Issues.
April 22-23--Commission meeting on financing, the federal structure, and consultants' reports for the second annual Commission report. Washington, D.C.
May 16-17--Hearings on the HIV epidemic in the lesbian, gay, and bisexual communities and on HIV disease among Asians, Asian Americans, and Pacific Islanders. San Francisco, California.
May 18--Commission meeting to discuss scientific and regulatory aspects of HIV-related research and drug development. San Francisco, California.
June 5-7--Hearings on women and HIV disease, civil rights and HIV disease, and Commission meeting on the second annual Commission report. Denver, Colorado.
June 10-11--Meeting to discuss the second annual Commission report. Alexandria, Virginia.
June 13--Letter to Attorney General Richard Thornburgh with accompanying letter to Secretary of Health and Human Services Louis Sullivan regarding current immigration policy.
July 11--Statement of the Commission's stand on HIV testing in the health care workplace.
July 11--Statement of the Commission's stand on immigration.
July 24--Letter to congressional leadership regarding support for funding of behavioral and social research.
NCAIDS Year 3 (August 1991- July 1992)
August 6--Fifth interim report to President Bush and the Congress: "The Twin Epidemics of Substance Use and HIV."
August 7-8--Commission meeting to review "America Living with AIDS" and FY 1992 activities. Alexandria, Virginia.
August 26--Working Group meeting to identify the current issues and concerns of religious communities responding to the HIV/AIDS epidemic, and to discuss the interface between the religious communities' response and the federal government's response to the HIV/AIDS epidemic. Washington, D.C.
September 25--Second annual report to the President and the Congress: "America Living With AIDS." Letter to President Bush.
October 17--Testimony of Chairman June E. Osborn, M.D., before the Select Committee on Narcotics Abuse and Control, U.S. House of Representatives.
October 25--Commission names new Executive Director, Roy Widdus, Ph.D.
November 5--Hearing on various proposals to reduce the risk of transmission of blood borne pathogens, including HIV, in the health care setting, particularly focusing on social and economic implications of risk-reduction proposals and their potential impact on access to health care services. Washington, D.C.
December 9--Commission meeting with President Bush. Washington, D.C.
December 9-10--Hearings on the impact and ramifications of the CDC's proposed revised classification system for HIV infection and expanded AIDS surveillance case definition for adolescents and adults. Washington, D.C.
December 12--Letter to William L. Roper, Director of the Centers for Disease Control, on policy implications of HIV disease definitions.
December 12--Letter to President Bush on the national response to the HIV epidemic.
January 14--Hearing on the future of the HIV epidemic and Commission meeting. Washington, D.C.
March 2-3--Hearings to examine housing issues and the HIV epidemic, as well as site visits within the Boston area. Boston, Massachusetts.
April 9--Testimony of Chairman June Osborn, M.D., before the Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and Related Agencies, Committee on Appropriations, U.S. House of Representatives.
May 18-19--Hearings on sex, society, and the HIV epidemic, as well as site visits within the New Orleans area. New Orleans, Louisiana.
June 2--Sixth interim report to the President and the Congress: "The HIV/AIDS Epidemic in Puerto Rico." San Juan, Puerto Rico.
June 15-16--Hearings on communication and the HIV epidemic and Commission meeting. Kansas City, Kansas, and Kansas City, Missouri.
July 17--Letter to Kenneth W. Starr, Solicitor General of the United States, Department of Justice, urging action on Greenberg v. H & H Music Company, No. 91-1283, on petition for a writ of certiorari, to ensure health care insurance for those with disabling diseases, including HIV.
June 24--Commission meeting with Secretary of Health and Human Services Louis Sullivan.
June 25--Release of statement on the meeting between the National Commission on AIDS and the Secretary of Health and Human Services.
July--Seventh interim report to the President and the Congress: "Housing and the HIV/AIDS Epidemic, Recommendations for Action."
July 27--Letter of support for Comprehensive Services for Youth Act of 1992.
July--Eighth interim report to the President and the Congress: "Preventing HIV Transmission in Health Care Settings."
July 30--Letters to state health directors in support of the report "Preventing Transmission of HIV/AIDS in Health Care Settings."
NCAIDS Year 4 (August 1992-September 1993)
October 19--Meeting of Commission subgroup and NAPO/HHS on proposed regulations on interim methadone treatment. Washington, D.C.
November 2--Statement by Vice Chairman David E. Rogers, M.D., on the resignation of Magic Johnson from the NBA.
November 17--Hearing on leadership of national response and on mobilizing the federal government, and recommendations to the President and Congressional leadership on actions in special areas that the executive and legislative branches should take in early1993 to enhance the response to the HIV/AIDS epidemic. Washington, D.C.
January 11--Ninth interim report to the President and the Congress: "The Challenge of HIV/AIDS in Communities of Color,” and Commission business meeting.
January 22--Tenth interim report to the President and the Congress: "Mobilizing America's Response to AIDS."
January 28--Statement on strengthening the NIH Office of AIDS Research. February 11 Statement on immigration policy.
March 10-11--Hearings on behavioral research and AIDS prevention, HIV/ AIDS and the workplace, school-based prevention programs, and youth initiative programs. Austin, Texas.
March 25--Letters to Congressional leaders urging legislative action with regard to ERISA, to ensure that all persons with chronic diseases and disabilities, including HIV, will not face limitation or elimination of health insurance benefits when they become sick.
March 25--Letters to Congressional leaders supporting the additional funds for programs under Ryan White CARE Act, included in the FY 1993 Supplemental Appropriations Bill.
March 25--Statement on GAO needle-sharing report.
April 22--Letters to Appropriations Committees in support of President Clinton's FY 1994 budget request for HIV/AIDS programs.
April 28--Commission meeting to discuss final report.
June 2--Eleventh interim report to the President and the Congress: "HIV/AIDS: A Challenge for the Workplace."
June 2--Twelfth interim report to the President and the Congress: "Preventing HIV/AIDS in Adolescents."
July--Thirteenth interim report to the President and Congress: "Behavioral and Social Sciences and the HIV/AIDS Epidemic."
June 28--Final report to the President and the Congress: "AIDS: An Expanding Tragedy."
September 3--Commission ceases operations. ·