It’s a busy time at both the Ohio State House and in Congress. We’re currently focusing our advocacy efforts around 3 critical issues:
- Proposed cuts to HIV prevention, treatment, and support services in the Federal budget.
- Proposed cuts to HIV prevention and treatment in the State budget.
- Senate vote on the American Health Care Act.
Equitas Health is extremely disappointed by the 2018 federal and state budgets recently released. The devastating cuts to HIV and STD prevention programs will be a tremendous setback to decades of progress we have made and will severely impact our efforts of preventing new HIV transmissions and the rising rates of STDs.
The current proposed budget for the State of Ohio presented by Governor Kasich includes a cut by the Ohio House of Representatives of 19% to HIV prevention efforts and unnecessarily reallocates funding focused on HIV care. These funding cuts would severely impact Equitas Health’s statewide HIV prevention and testing efforts. The reallocation of HIV care funding would present challenges to ensuring continuity of care.
Behind closed doors, Senate Republicans are rushing through a health care repeal bill that will take health care from millions. This bill is being pushed through without sharing any details with the public or allowing time for testimony or public debate. Although details are scarce, the Senate’s version of the bill is likely to look much like the House version – meaning it will leave millions of Americans without coverage, make deep cuts to Medicaid, and make health care more expensive.
It is critically important that funding support for Medicaid, HIV programs, and STD prevention programs remain intact.
Step 1: Click here and join AIDS United to tell Congress to reject President Trump’s cuts to HIV
Step 2: Call your state senator (find yours here) and Senate Finance Committee Chair Scott Oelslager at (614) 466-0626 and tell them “Please restore funding for HIV prevention and care and oppose any change to Medicaid that results in reduced access to care.”
Step 3: Call 866-426-2631 to be connected to Senator Rob Portman and say “I’m a constituent of the Senators and I’m asking him to vote ‘no’ on the American Health Care Act.”
Step 4: Call Senator Sherrod Brown at and tell him “I’m a constituent of the Senators’ and I want to thank him for being a champion of Ohio’s most vulnerable citizens. Please thank him for his opposition to the American Health Care Act”.