As advocates for people living with HIV/AIDS, you know that AIDS service organizations have been on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic, ensuring no lapses in service delivery, continuing to serve hard to reach populations, and maintaining the infrastructure that the COVID response has relied upon.
In April, thanks to your hard work and advocacy, the House restored funding to our line items that Governor Baker had cut. Given improving state revenues and the state’s increasing reliance on community-based HIV/AIDS/Hepatitis programs in its COVID-19 response, Project ABLE is advocating for an increase in funding for FY22 in the Senate.
Senator Julian Cyr has filed Amendment #446 "Addressing rising rates of HIV”, which would increase funding for the HIV/AIDS/Hepatitis C line item (4512-0103) in FY 22 by $1 million over FY 21, funding the line item at $31.8 million.
Please reach out to your State Senator right away and ask for their support of Amendment #446 "Addressing rising rates of HIV".
It is very important that you contact your State Senator right away with this budget request and follow up with a phone call. This alert will show you who your state Senator is, send them an email, and you can look up their office contact information here:
Thank you for your advocacy!