FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 1, 2017
Contact: Danielle Filson | 646-335-0443 | firstname.lastname@example.org
New York, NY–GMHC released the following statement after President Trump's 2017 Congressional address, in which he pledged to dismantle the Affordable Care Act, increase defense and security spending by $54 billion and cut the same from domestic programs.
STATEMENT BY GMHC CEO KELSEY LOUIE:
Last night President Trump made a Congressional Address, pledging to cut domestic program budgets across the board to support his unneeded increases to the Defense Budget. These shocking cuts would gut vital federal programs that help house and treat those living with HIV/AIDS and that prevent thousands of new infections every year. These irresponsible cuts would come just as we are finally poised to make real progress in containing the HIV/AIDS epidemic.
The President’s promise to repeal the Affordable Care Act would endanger the lifesaving services GMHC provides our clients, and could result in the loss of affordable, accessible health care for at least 3.4 million New Yorkers.
Let us not mince words. The Trump Administration’s proposals would lead to the completely preventable deaths of thousands of Americans at risk for HIV/AIDS and other diseases. They must be stopped.
About Gay Men's Health Crisis
Gay Men's Health Crisis (GMHC) is the nation's leading provider of HIV and AIDS care, prevention services and advocacy, serving nearly 10,000 people living with and affected by HIV and AIDS in New York City, the epicenter of the epidemic in the U.S. As the world's first HIV and AIDS service organization, GMHC is an expert in providing services that every person affected by the epidemic deserves. GMHC is on the front lines caring for people who are both HIV negative and positive, including: testing, nutrition, legal, mental health and education services. GMHC also advocates for stronger public policies at the local, state and federal level with the goal of ending AIDS as an epidemic in New York State by 2020. Most recently, GMHC and other HIV and AIDS organizations successfully persuaded the federal government to recommend widespread use of PrEP, a new daily treatment that is over 90% effective in preventing HIV infection. For more information, visit www.gmhc.org.