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alive2:
due to the legislation going on right now federal funding just in ny alone will lose almost 50 million.senator frist-ny , has gone mad.he wants this new bill to pass,but if it does cuts will be eminant.it may sound unthinkable to the mind but if it passes it will undue 25 years of work in not just nyc,but the entire state.sen.schumer,and sen.clinton,both have a different stradegy for this by recommending different legislation on the bill which would keep us from getting cuts.the aso i go to would be the hardest hit as sen frist say we dont get any of thatr money anyway,well this goes to show you the ego these politicians have,not only do they get it it helps at least 1700 families,with mental health,food for the extremely poor and needy,medications,and transpotation.if anyone knows it would be us who are effeted by the disease,do you think its ok for this much of a setback in just this state?because it will hit everyone and anyone who receives anything through this program.im on a rage of writing to all senators ,legislators,congress,and even the whit house.sure some of you may not agree with some politicians,but we have got to put party affiliation aside and keep them from taking so much of what we need here.it may prevent other programs from losing.i have recently lost one doc to cuts,i hope no more of the docs we need get to become a casualty,when so much is being wasted on war and not our lives.obviosly you know president clinton side of this issue,he wants more for us,just by his showing up in toronto it show,so i feel hes helping to write some of his wifes legislation amendments to the proposed bill.and just because you may not use this program doesnt mean your doc or aso doesnt get some of their funding from it.read carefully about this issue and write your arm tired it may save your own lives.thanks,take care :(

Eldon:
Hello Alive2, it is Eldon.

Indeed we all need to take the initiative to write to our congress about these changes that are taking place. Sonomabeach has some beautifully drafted letter(s) for you to send to congress. Please DO get in touch with every political party involved and VOICE your opinions.

As with this issue, there are so many other domestic issues that need to be addressed by congress. I urge you to take action on this. Also, when it is election time, please DO vote for the respective parties to be in the White House.

Jack, DO what you can DO and DO not go nuts over this.


Make the BEST of each Day!

alive2:

--- Quote from: Eldon on September 27, 2006, 12:31:31 AM ---Hello Alive2, it is Eldon.

Indeed we all need to take the initiative to write to our congress about these changes that are taking place. Sonomabeach has some beautifully drafted letter(s) for you to send to congress. Please DO get in touch with every political party involved and VOICE your opinions.

As with this issue, there are so many other domestic issues that need to be addressed by congress. I urge you to take action on this. Also, when it is election time, please DO vote for the respective parties to be in the White House.

Jack, DO what you can DO and DO not go nuts over this. i understand your point very well,this is a very impotant thing happening to this system,it shouldnt either.i do feel like slowly the government isnt doing enough to help us at home versus overseas where the drugs we send arent being used,therefor going to waste.i propose we get the meds before the countries who have no idea what they are doing in their own systems(south africa)thanks for your opinion,i appreciate it,one way or the other i welcome all opinions.thanks take care


Make the BEST of each Day!

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Cliff:
What is the alternative legislation being promoted by Clinton and Shumer?  It seems like this is just pitting states against each other, because isn't the government trying to redistribute funds from wealthy states to the more poorer states, based on HIV growth rates?

aztecan:
Hey guys,

Yes, this is a serious situation. To answer your question Cliff, the problem is, in redistributing the funding to those states with emerging HIV issues, they are depleting money typically allocated to states already dealing with the large HIV populations such as New York and California.

In other words, they didn't increase funding, they just took from Peter to pay Paul With Ryan White funding remaining flat for a number of years now, that means that critical services in some of these aforementioned hard-hit states could be at jeopardy.

Below is a sample letter sent to me by the New Mexico People Living with AIDS. It is a letter to be sent to your lawmakers.



  "This week, the House of Representatives and the Senate will
consider the Ryan White HIV/AIDS Treatment Modernization Act, a bill
to reauthorize the Ryan White CARE Act. Contact your Senators and
Member of Congress and tell them to adequately fund this life-saving
HIV/AIDS program and reauthorize it without any anti-gay
discriminatory provisions."

( EXAMPLE OF LETTER SENT TO DECISION MAKER )


Subject: Reauthorize and Adequately Fund the Ryan White CARE Act


Dear ( Decision Maker ),

This week, the Senate and House of Representatives will consider the
Ryan White HIV/AIDS Treatment Modernization Act, a bill to
reauthorize the Ryan White CARE Act. The program provides critical
care and treatment to over half a million low-income Americans with
HIV and AIDS.

First passed in 1990, the CARE Act has enjoyed wide bipartisan
support from Congress and the Administration. It is the largest
source of Federal funding devoted exclusively to the treatment and
care of people living with HIV and AIDS. The program's current
authorization expired on September 30, 2005. Reauthorization of this
vital program is essential for it to continue meeting the needs of
more than one million Americans living with HIV/AIDS.

However, I am deeply concerned about the inadequate funding
authorizations in the bill and the failure of Congress to
appropriate sufficient funds to this vital program. Years of mostly
level funding for the program have created crisis in many states
where the incidence of HIV is climbing, and communities try to serve
more people with the same amount of money.

While communities experiencing these emerging epidemics deserve more
funding to confront their rising caseloads, this should not result
in deep cuts for other communities who also depend on this vital
program. Congress must increase funding for the CARE Act so that no
community's system of care is destabilized.

(Edit Letter Below)

I also urge Congress to reauthorize the CARE Act with no anti-gay or
anti-HIV riders. Simply put, this program is too important for
divisive political tactics.
In this 25th year of the AIDS epidemic in the United States,
HIV/AIDS remains a national crisis, particularly among communities
of color. I urge you and your colleages to redouble your efforts to
confront the epidemic by reauthorizing and adequately funding the
Ryan White CARE Act.

Sincerely,
Your Name
Address
City, State

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