Policy & Politics
California Gov. Schwarzenegger Proposes FY 2008 Budget, Includes Funding Levels for HIV/AIDS Services
January 14, 2008
California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger (R) on Thursday submitted a fiscal year 2008 budget proposal that includes funding allocations for public health programs, including HIV/AIDS services, the Los Angeles Times reports (Halper, Los Angeles Times, 1/11).
AIDS Healthcare Foundation President Michael Weinstein said that "California will ultimately pay more in health care costs in the long run if it adopts such ill-timed AIDS cuts, and we urge the governor and Legislature to quickly restore this public health funding." He added that California could "reduce reimbursements to drug companies and seriously pursue trying to purchase drugs for ADAP and other state programs at federal pricing levels," which could "result in a 15% savings to the state" (AHF release, 1/10).
Greg Sass, chief financial officer of the San Francisco Department of Public Health, said the budget cuts overall could cost San Francisco $5 million next year, including "potentially significant" costs if the city decides to pay for antiretrovirals and other medications for Medi-Cal beneficiaries (Fernandez, San Francisco Chronicle, 1/12).
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