Massachusetts: Funds to Fight Medical Errors, AIDS, Cancer on Chopping Block
January 31, 2003
AIDS screening and services, breast cancer research, school nurses, teen pregnancy prevention and efforts to reduce medical errors all take hits under the new budget cuts announced Thursday by the administration of Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney. A $3 million cut in AIDS services, on top of the $12 million already eliminated, means a 30 percent reduction in the overall AIDS program, activists said. The reductions will affect "hard-core services, like nutrition programs and home-care visits," said Mary Ann Hart of Project ABLE (AIDS Budget Legislative Effort). While AIDS drugs are not being cut, Hart said support services help patients stay on their complicated drug regimens. The cuts will also reduce AIDS education efforts and the number of HIV tests administered. Earlier cuts resulted in 5,000 fewer HIV tests being administered last year, Hart said. The administration also announced a $1 million cut in teen pregnancy prevention programs, mostly in low-income cities and towns. Teen birth rates are at a 30-year low in Massachusetts.Adapted from:
01.31.03; Michael Lasalandra
This article was provided by CDC National Prevention Information Network. It is a part of the publication CDC HIV/Hepatitis/STD/TB Prevention News Update.