Equality Ohio is working together with Ohio AIDS Coalition to send this action alert: 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.
A new plan put forward by the Ohio House of Representatives Finance Committee will cut those services even further - an additional $200,000 per year for the next two fiscal years, and the Ohio House plans to vote on their budget bill tomorrow.
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.
Our state representatives need to hear from you as they prepare to vote on a state budget which includes this $200,000 cut to HIV/AIDS funding!
Please call your state representative and tell them to restore the full $5.5 million that Governor Kasich requested for line 440-444 of the 2011-2012 budget.
People with HIV/AIDS are counting on you. Your voice truly can make a difference.
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