February 4, 2009

February 4, 2009
Wake Me When the Spring Gets Here


Thanks for joining me for another blog entry about my life as a long term survivor of HIV and AIDS in the United States. Boy is it a cold one right now in north Florida.

We started out the day with below freezing temperatures here in Jacksonville. We are on day two of a four day artic freeze coming over the area. Now while we do not have it as bad as others in our country, Floridians are not use to freezing temperatures for days on end.

So needless to say, I used the picture for today of me sleeping with one of my dogs, Chipper, in the bed. There is nothing worse than having to get out of a nice, toasty bed during the freezing mornings of winter. Does not exactly put me in a great mood first thing in the morning.

For those of you who read this blog entry in the next couple of days, the HIV/AIDS community needs your help.

Call Your Senators Today

Support Public Health Funding in the Economic Stimulus Bill


Why: The Senate is currently debating the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, better known as the Economic Stimulus Bill.

On Monday February, 2nd, the Senate released a revised version of the bill. It still includes $5.8 billion for Prevention and Wellness, but no longer includes a specific directive that $400 million of that funding must be spent on HIV and STD prevention.

We are disappointed by this decision. But most importantly, we must ensure that the full public health funding remains in the final bill.

Funding to improve the public health system will stimulate job creation, build healthier communities, and benefit those living with and at risk of HIV/AIDS.

* Controlling health care costs is critical to our nation's economic recovery.
* Funding for public health and disease prevention in the stimulus bill will reduce health care costs over the long term.
* The public health investment will create new jobs and help revitalize the infrastructure of state, local, and community based programs aimed at reducing rates of disease.

Take Action: Contact Your Senators NOW. You can reach your Senators by dialing 202-224-3121 and asking for them by name. Not sure who your Senators are? Go to our "Find Your Political Representative" section of the website.

Urge your Senators to:

1. Support the $5.8 billion Public Health and Social Services Emergency Fund

2. Oppose ANY amendment that would further diminish this vital Prevention and Wellness Funding

3. Pass the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.



Talking Points

* I am disappointed that funding specific to HIV and STD prevention was removed from the Economic Stimulus Bill, but still URGE you to vote for the bill's passage.
* Please support the $5.8 billion Public Health and Social Services Emergency Fund. Oppose ANY amendment that would further diminish this vital prevention and wellness funding.
* The public health system has severe workforce shortages. One of every four public health workers is eligible to retire in 2012. Investing in the public health sector will stimulate job creation in the short-term and help build stronger, healthier communities. The investment will create new jobs and help revitalize the infrastructure of state, local, and community-based programs aimed at reducing rates of disease.
* Investing in prevention and research can help decrease many costly diseases and avoid the need for treatment. Therefore, funding for public health and disease prevention in the stimulus bill will also reduce health care costs over the long term.

An American life is a terrible thing to waste!

Wishing you health, hope and happiness.



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