Tell Congress to Stop Devastating Sequester Cuts to AIDS Programs!
February 28, 2013
If Congress fails to act, automatic spending cuts known as "the Sequester" will take effect TOMORROW, March 1. According to estimates by the White House, these cuts could mean at least 424,000 fewer HIV tests will be conducted by the Centers for Disease Control. A separate analysis done by NMAC and amFAR estimated that more than 10,000 people could lose access to ADAP services.
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According to the Congressional Budget Office (CBO), the Sequester will result in an automatic, across the board cut of 5.3% to most non-defense discretionary programs. Applying these cuts to domestic HIV/AIDS programming would provide negligible deficit reduction, but would devastate people living with HIV or AIDS in the United States. It would also damage our nation's leadership in health research and limit our ability to reduce the rate of new HIV infections, improve access to care and address the disproportionate impact of HIV/AIDS on communities of color.
According to estimates done by NMAC and amFAR, these cuts could mean at least:
The White House also recently released detailed estimates on the impact of these cuts for each state.
These cuts are bad for America, and bad for people living with HIV or AIDS. Congress must act to avoid the devastating impact that the Sequester will have, not only on our fight to end the HIV/AIDS epidemic, but on America's vulnerable and impoverished communities. Tell Congress to stop the sequester today!!
This article was provided by National Minority AIDS Council. Visit NMAC's website to find out more about their activities, publications and services.
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