Are You Covered?
Welcome to another day in my life. Today is Tuesday and I hope you are having a safe and great week so far. Dab the AIDS Bear and I are off and running as we get prepared for our next events out of town in a couple of days.
Now there are 8,506 Americans denied access to HIV medications. So what can you do to help?
On this the 30th year of the AIDS epidemic our country is at a perlious time in the fight against HIV/AIDS. ADAP and other HIV/AIDS programs across the country are being reduced, threatened to be eliminated, and states and US territories are looking at changing elegibility to qualify for these programs.
PLWHA (people living with HIV/AIDS) are being put on wait lists to receive life saving medications, and many are worried access to care and medicine will be cut off completely. We are facing the largest public health crisis since the epidemic began 30 years ago.
8,404 is the latest count of people waiting to receive life saving HIV/AIDS medications. Though, as elgibility criteria changes in states, people are cut off waiting lists, disenrolled and forgotton by states.
This is a grassroots effort and an additional way to show your support. I invite you to read the comments, and share your own when signing this petition. Whether you are infected, or affected, or someone in the US who just cares; your signature is needed and appreciated. Access to life saving medication is a Human Right! Inaction AND silence = death; and now a call to action is requred!
The overall goal of this petition is to get President Obama and Secretary of Health and Human Resources other agencies and Congress to intervene in this public health crisis and find the money needed to relieve everyone on a waitlist. The President re-authorized the Ryan White Care Act in 2009; and we must urge him to live up to his commitment; and ask him to go to Congress to pass a bill for emergency funding to releive these wait lists.
As of June 17th from the website of nastad.org you can see the states with wait lists and other states which have already changed eligibility criteria or are considering cost containment strategies.
So do you part today by taking a couple of minutes to sign the petition by going to:
Thanks for helping save the lives of people with HIV and AIDS.
Until we meet again; here's wishing you health, hope, happiness and just enough.
big bear hug,