President Trump’s Proposed Budget Would Sharply Cut HIV and Chronic Disease Prevention, Eliminate Important HIV Care Programs

The Fenway Institute is an LGBT health research, education and policy advocacy organization headquartered in Boston, MA

The Trump-Pence Administration’s proposed budget would dismantle the public health infrastructure first put in place by Lyndon Johnson’s Great Society Program in 1965.

This week, President Trump released a proposed budget that, if enacted, would sharply reduce spending for healthcare and disease prevention. The proposed budget would cut Medicaid by $800 billion over 10 years. It would also cut the Children’s Health Insurance Plan (CHIP) by 20% over the next two years. One in three American children—46 million in total—receive health care either through Medicaid or CHIP. People living with HIV, Black and Latino people, and the children living in these families would be among those most affected by Trump’s $4 trillion budget, which sets government spending priorities for the fiscal year that begins in October.

“The Trump-Pence Administration’s proposed budget would dismantle the public health infrastructure first put in place by Lyndon Johnson’s Great Society Program in 1965,” said Sean Cahill, PhD, Director of Health Policy Research at The Fenway Institute. “Black and Latino people, people living with HIV, and children living in poverty experience poorer health and health outcomes than the general population. They rely disproportionately on Medicaid and CHIP. These cuts will be devastating to some of the most vulnerable people in our society.”

Some of the more worrisome Trump-Pence Administration budget proposals include the following:

  • A 16.6% cut in funding for the prevention of HIV/AIDS, viral hepatitis, sexually transmitted disease, and tuberculosis at the Centers for Disease…

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