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HIV BUDGET CENTRAL
Whats going on in Illinois? On March 6th, 2013, Governor Pat Quinn proposed a budget for 2014 that would reduce state funding for HIV/AIDS services from $26 million to $21 million, a 16 percent cut. However, thanks to your advocacy, the Illinois General Assembly overturned Governor Quinn's proposed cuts, restoring $3.25 million for a total of about $25 million in HIV/AIDS services!
If the Governors proposed 2013 budget is enacted, HIV funding would be cut for the third year in a row. Since 2011, Illinois has reduced state HIV funding by $9 million, or 30 percent.
These diminished state investments in HIV services have dire consequences, destabilizing desperately needed health care and prevention services for thousands of Illinoisans affected by HIV. Undiagnosed and untreated HIV adds to the states already costly burden of managing preventable chronic medical conditions.
Read AFCs response to the Governors proposed budget cut here.
Illinois must continue to invest $26 million in HIV services!
With a sustained investment of $26 million in state HIV services, we have the opportunity to help HIV-positive, uninsured Illinoisans transition smoothly into the new health care plans offered in 2014 WITHOUT ANY DANGEROUS INTERRUPTIONS IN TREATMENT.
State support will be needed to complete coverage for newly insured Illinoisans with HIV to ensure they obtain and remain in care.
Sustained state support is also needed to expand community-based HIV prevention, education and housing services. By maximizing insurance coverage and state services, Illinois can decrease the cost and burden of HIV on future generations.
Previous HIV funding cuts have resulted in dramatic decreases in the availability of HIV prevention, housing and supportive services across the state. Its time for Illinois to stop this trend and fund targeted investments that will help lower the burden and cost of HIV upon the state.
Had enough and want to do something about it?JUST ADVOCATE.
Here are 4 ways you can take action to stop the detrimental 16 percent cut to HIV funding in Illinois ...
Check out pictures for HIV lobby days in Springfield this year April 10th, May 8th, and May 22nd. Want to join other advocates on lobby days? Contact firstname.lastname@example.org
It is also important that we offer budget solutions to legislators. Other than your advocacy efforts, what else could help the state budget?
This bill could buffer the state budget, and help restore HIV funding!
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