Mayor Takes on Bush on AIDS

Sens. Clinton, Schumer, Rep. Nadler join outcry on Ryan White changes

New York’s mayor, lawmakers, AIDS advocates and public health administrators are scrambling to stop a Bush administration plan that would slash federal funding to New York City’s AIDS programs. The plan, announced last Wednesday by the federal Department of Health and Human Services, would revamp the Ryan White CARE Act, the federal government’s main funding vehicle for AIDS services, and would transfer money to rural areas at the expense of cities like New York.

New York health officials said they can’t accurately calculate the cost of the cuts to the city because of the lack of specificity in the plan; but other advocates estimate the costs could run as high as 25 percent of New York City’s $107 million Ryan White allocation.

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