Governor Kasich’s proposed budget for core HIV/AIDS services was $5.5 million—barely enough to keep the program going, and provide essential medical services to people with HIV/AIDS.
But a plan put forward by the Ohio House of Representatives Finance Committee will cut those services even further – an additional $200,000 a year for the next two fiscal years. And the House plans to vote on their budget bill this Thursday.
Because of cuts over the last year, Ohio already has a waiting list of people living with HIV/AIDS who urgently need access to basic care and treatment for HIV. Further cuts put more lives—our friends, neighbors, family members, ourselves—at risk. More cuts, on top of those people with HIV/AIDS in Ohio have already suffered, would be unthinkable.
As our State Representatives prepare to vote on a state budget, including this $200,000 cut to HIV AIDS funding, they need to hear from you!
Please call your state representative and tell them to restore the full $5.5 million the Governor has requested for line 440-444 of the budget. People with HIV/AIDS are counting on you. Your voice truly can make a difference. Call or e-mail now, before it’s too late.
To find your State Representative, go to http://www.house.state.oh.us/
To find your State House Representative, you’ll need to know your zip code 4-digit extension. To find your zip code 4-digit extension, go to: http://zip4.usps.com/zip4/welcome.jsp