Illinois Gov. JB Pritzker gave his first budget address on Wednesday, Feb. 20, which included level funding for HIV services in fiscal year 2020 (FY2020).
The AIDS Foundation of Chicago (AFC) is relieved to see a budget that, for the first time in at least four years, does not cut the health and human service infrastructure. Specific to health and human services, most programs were either flat-funded when compared to fiscal year 2019 (FY2019) or saw modest increases:
The federal appropriation process directly impacts communities here in Illinois, including communities of color and people living with or vulnerable to HIV. Now is not the time to cut HIV/AIDS programs. Reductions in funding for these critical programs will result in more infections, increased lifetime medical costs, and ultimately more deaths from preventable and treatable diseases.