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pinto Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-28-09 03:23 PM
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Governor proposes 100% cut to State AIDS programs' funding.
Info from Dr. Michelle Roland, Chief of CA Dept of Public Health/Office of AIDS (OA). The Governor's proposal may be a budget bargaining tool, yet deep cuts are expected at OA. This would be the worst case scenario. OA and local AIDS programs are taking this seriously. ~ pinto

The California Legislature has received a second proposal on Thursday afternoon. It differs from a previous proposal published May 21, 2009 by the Governors Office.

Thursdays Proposal Includes:

100% elimination of State General Fund support to all Office of AIDS Programs.

The State's General Fund annually provides funding for:

80% of HIV Education and Prevention programs
76% of HIV Counseling and Testing programs
84.5% of Epidemiology and Surveillance programs
51.2% of Early Intervention programs (EIP)
100% of PCR and Immuno/Phenotype Assays
23% of AIDS Drug Assistance Program (ADAP)
31% of Housing Opportunities for People with AIDS (HOPWA)
54% of Home/Community Based Care

(The balance of funding comes from the federal Ryan White Care Act. That funding could eventually be in jeopardy under a "Maintenance of Effort" requirement for states to receive Ryan White funds.)

If you have a few minutes, please call a CA State Assembly member on this. http://www.assembly.ca.gov/defaulttext.asp . Budget hearings are currently underway.
Thanks, pinto




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