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GMHC Statement on the Administration

2.12.2018

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Cub Barrett | 212-367-1561 | cubb@gmhc.org

NEW YORK (February 12, 2018)—The Administration’s proposed FY2019 budget is vastly out of step with the needs of the American people, particularly when it comes to the health and safety of millions of citizens.

Under the Administration’s proposal, the Department of Health and Human Services’s (HHS) annual budget would be cut by $18 billion – a 21% decrease from 2017. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) would see a budget cut of more than $1 billion.

And while the budget proposal increases funding for the National Institutes of Health (NIH) by $1.4 billion, including a $750 million contribution as part of a $10 billion investment to combat the opioid epidemic, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration would see a reduction of nearly $700 million.

Furthermore, over the next 10 years, the budget proposes cuts to Medicare that would add up to $554 billion, along with cuts to Medicaid of about $250 billion.

“If the Administration were serious about our nation’s health, both now and in the years to come, it would continue to properly invest in the life-saving work of the CDC, HHS, Medicaid, and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, among other agencies,” said Gay Men’s Health Crisis (GMHC) CEO Kelsey Louie. “And even if Congress does not pass this budget, the document demonstrates that the priorities of the Administration ignore the realities of millions of Americans’s lives. By investing in the health of our citizens, we invest in the country’s future.”

Additionally, the budget proposes drastic cuts in programs that grant food stamps to low-income Americans, as well as deep cuts to public housing and housing assistance programs.

“At GMHC, we know that a person’s health depends on so many factors, including access to nutritious food and housing security,” Louie said. “By continuing to assail these fundamental human needs, the Administration is undermining the well-being of our entire country.”

 

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About Gay Men's Health Crisis: Gay Men's Health Crisis (GMHC) is the world's first HIV/AIDS service organization. GMHC is on the front lines providing services to over 12,000 people living with and affected by HIV/AIDS. Programs include: testing, prevention, nutrition, legal, supportive housing, mental health and substance use services. GMHC also advocates for stronger public policies at the local, state and federal levels with the goal of ending AIDS as an epidemic. For more information, visit  www.gmhc.org.