Trump to slash funds for HIV/AIDS care and prevention!
President Trump recently released his 2018 budget request. This document lays out the President’s spending priorities on what to invest in and what to cut. As we feared, Trump has proposed massive funding cuts for HIV care and prevention. If enacted, these cuts will reduce and eliminate services that prevent the spread of HIV, and keep people living with HIV healthy.
These proposed cuts will set back the fight against AIDS just as we begin to make significant progress! Now, more than ever, we must maintain and strengthen our progress towards our national goals and priorities of reducing new HIV infections, increasing access to care and improving health outcomes for people living with HIV, and reducing HIV-related health disparities.
The proposed $59 million cut to the Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program, coupled with a fundamental restructuring of the Medicaid program capping federal spending for the first time to the tune of a $610 million funding reduction over the next decade would result in massive increases in the number of people who could not afford lifesaving medications and medical care. In addition, the elimination of the AIDS Education and Training Centers and Special Programs of National Significance (SPNS) diminishes every community’s ability to deliver quality HIV health care.
Further, the President’s budget eliminates SPNS and reduces funding for Minority AIDS Initiative (MAI) programs. SPNS and MAI programs address the HIV epidemic by developing targeted, innovative approaches to reach chronically underserved people.
The President’s budget cuts to domestic HIV/AIDS programs include:
- HIV prevention programs at the CDC cut 20% by $149 million
- Flatlines CDC Hepatitis Prevention funding at only $34 million
- Reduces $26 million from the Housing Opportunities for People with AIDS (HOPWA) program at HUD.
- Eliminates the Secretary’s Minority AIDS Initiative Fund ($54 million).
- Minority AIDS Initiative (MAI) funding was also reduced at SAMHSA by over $17 million.
- Cuts the National Institutes of Health by over 20 percent.
Currently, your members of Congress are working on crafting their federal budget plans. Now is the time for you to let them know you will not support these drastic cuts!
The public policy program of JustUs Health is a leader in advocating for the rights of all people affected by HIV. Our public policy program strives to meet our mission by advancing policy initiatives related to HIV prevention and services in these three key areas:
- Advancing HIV prevention initiatives
- Increasing access to HIV services
- Protecting existing HIV services and rights
Our public policy program conducts its work through three main program goals:
- Community organizing: Building an educated and mobilized network of advocates at the community level
- Legislative advocacy: Advancing a legislative agenda that forwards proactive legislative policy and protects existing rights and service levels
- Coalitions and partnerships: Positioning JustUs Health as a policy leader in the HIV community and on related policy and advocacy coalitions