AIDS Activists ‘Flood’ Connecticut State Capitol Demanding Increased Funding for HIV/AIDS Programs
More than 350 activists on Wednesday "flooded" the Connecticut state capitol to lobby for increased funding to fight HIV/AIDS, the New Haven Register reports. Saying that HIV/AIDS remains a "serious health threat" in the state, awareness groups are asking that several measures be approved this session to increase funding and expand care for people with HIV/AIDS. The activists are lobbying to:
- Restore funding for AIDS programs in the current budget and prevent proposed cuts in the upcoming budget;
- Expand access to health insurance for people with the disease;
- Fund access to vitamins and nutritional supplements for people with AIDS;
- Increase rental assistance for individuals with AIDS;
- Expand a New Haven program that helps AIDS patients find employment in cities throughout the state (Hoffman, New Haven Register, 2/1).