CDC HIV/AIDS/Viral Hepatitis/STD/TB Prevention News UpdateILLINOIS: Illinois House Reinstates $3.5 Million in AIDS Funding
May 30, 2013
Windy City Media Group (05.28.2013)
Aids Weekly Plus
AIDS Foundation of Chicago (AFC) advocacy efforts and support from lawmakers successfully influenced the Illinois House of Representatives to restore most of the HIV service cuts proposed by Gov. Pat Quinn in his fiscal year (FY) 2014 budget. Quinn had recommended reducing state HIV funding from $26.23 million in FY13 to $21.75 million in FY14, but the Illinois House instead restored $3.25 million of the recommended cuts and allocated $25 million to HIV services for next year.
On May 27, the House also passed SB26, which enables Illinois to provide Medicaid to 342,000 uninsured low-income Illinois citizens via the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Sponsored by State Rep. Sara Feigenholtz (D-Chicago) and Sen. Heather Steans (D-Chicago), SB26 also will cover HIV-infected Illinois citizens who rely on the AIDS Drug Assistance Program for medications.
The restoration of HIV funding in the FY14 budget will help prevent an interruption in HIV services if implementation of ACA takes longer than expected. Lawmakers who provided leadership included Steans and State Reps. Greg Harris (D-Chicago), Lisa Hernandez (D-Cicero), Thaddeus Jones (D-Calumet City), Camille Lilly (D-Chicago), and Rita Mayfield (D-Waukegan). AFC’s Policy Coordinator Lucy Baglin also credited more than 150 advocates who went to Springfield for “Lobby Days” to share stories of living with HIV.
Since House and Senate Democrats collaborated on the final budget, the Senate is “widely expected” to pass the budget by May 31. Gov. Quinn must sign the budget into law before it can take effect.
More information about the budget is available at http://www.aidschicago.org/illinois-news/673-illinois-budget-2013.