Yes, we are focusing on seqestration once again Network faithful. Folks, this is not going to go away and you need to be vigilant in contacting your representatives again, and again, and again.
We've got additional information for you from a press release that just came out from three national groups focused on AIDS - the National Alliance of State & Territorial AIDS Directors, amfAR, and the National Minority AIDS Council. Remember, AIDS has a crippling impact not just on the person who carries the virus, it also impacts family and loved ones, children with mental health challenges included! The message from these three national advocacy groups is simple, devastating and to the point.
- The $659 million that would come out of the AIDS and viral hepatitis programs (due to sequestration) would cost 15,700 people access to life-saving drugs
- 5,000 households would lose housing support
- 460 AIDS research grants would be eliminated
- “Sequestration will undermine everything we’ve done to accomplish the National HIV/AIDS Strategy goals of reducing HIV incidence and death,” Chris Collins, public policy director at amfAR, said in a statement. Find two new research briefs from amfAR, the National Alliance of State AIDS Directors (NASTAD) and the National Minority AIDS Council here.
- NASTAD released a blog post that has more details about the process and how people can get involved. Click here for details.
- Go to the CMHNetwork "Take Action" page and let your voice be heard. We've made it easy for you to contact your senate and house representatives in just a few clicks. Click here.