Today I literally have spent the whole day on the phone and internet getting out the message about how the local AIDS Consortium are making changes to Ryan White Title 1 funding that will endanger the lives of men, women and children in Duval County.
The changes according to a reliable source and backed up by proof which I have confirmed:
anyone of medicare part d without private insurance will have COPAYS of 5 percent toward their life saving medications.
These individuals without private insurance have already had a huge increase in financial debt from when the government instituted changes to funding last year. They must cover all medication expenses from $2500 - $5000 per year AND NOW THEY WANT 5 PERCENT ABOVE THAT.
I've spoken to several people that have said it will come down to them choosing between shelter, food or life saving medications. That's unacceptable. As long as there's a breath in my body, I will do everything and anything in my power to make sure that not one person from my community will have the quality of their health and health care suffer from this.
I will be addressing this issue at the next meeting of the local AIDS Consortium. I also plan on recording the meeting so I can post audio meetings so that you too can here what is happening.
But the best way is to show up yourself. Regardless of your HIV Status, this should never be acceptable in our great country when one man women or child is not given hope or the chance at life.
For what happens to one of us... happens to ALL OF US!
Wishing you health, peace and happiness
Big bear hug,