At hearing called by Supervisor Wiener to encourage local backfilling of $2.7 million in federal HIV care and prevention cuts, mayoral staff stated that Mayor Lee will propose backfilling 100% of the cuts in his May budget proposal to the Board of Supervisors
San Francisco, CA - Today, at a hearing called by Supervisor Scott Wiener to assess potentially devastating federal budget cuts to HIV services in San Francisco, representatives from Mayor Ed Lee's office announced the Mayor's intent to propose backfilling the entirety of the estimated $2.7 million in cuts as part of the Mayor's budget proposal to the Board of Supervisors. Supervisor Wiener applauds the Mayor's support for these critical prevention and treatment services.
"I'm thrilled that Mayor Lee is acting to ensure that our safety net for those living with HIV will be maintained and that San Francisco will continue its innovative work to reduce new infections," said Supervisor Wiener. "Lives depend on this funding, and today we again have demonstrated San Francisco's support for those living with and at risk for HIV. We've consistently backfilled federal HIV budget cuts in our local budget, and today, we've again shown our commitment as a city to combat this disease."
Federal budget cuts for HIV care (Ryan White Care Act) and prevention (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) services in the upcoming fiscal year are estimated at $2.7 million. Since 2011, the Mayor and Board of Supervisors have backfilled more than $20 million in federal HIV cuts. Last year, the Mayor proposed backfilling a majority of the cuts, and the Board of Supervisors backfilled the remainder.