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Monday, November 30, 2015, 1:56 PM
Gov. Cuomo will announce that he will seek an additional $ 200 million in state funding to support housing and health care programs for people living with HIV and AIDS.
ALBANY — Gov. Cuomo is set to announce that he will seek an additional $ 200 million in state funding to support housing and health care programs for people living with HIV and AIDS, the Daily News has learned.
The funding, which will be sought in next year’s state budget, would represent an 8% increase over the $ 2.5 billion the state already spends annually on such programs for people with HIV and AIDS, administration sources said.
A portion of the money will cover an increased commitment to helping those with HIV to maintain housing through expanded affordable housing opportunities and rental assistance programs, they said.
Cuomo will make the announcement as part of a speech he will give when he is honored Tuesday at the Apollo Theater in Harlem at a Worlds AIDS Day event.
Cuomo last year committed to eradicating HIV in New York by 2020.
“New York was once the epicenter of the AIDS crisis — but now we are showing the nation how to fight back and make this epidemic a thing of the past,” Cuomo said in a statement to The News. “We are making rapid progress toward a future where more people know their status, medication is easily accessible, and new cases are more and more rare.
“As we mark World AIDS Day, we remember all those we have lost, and we recommit ourselves to ending this epidemic once and for all.”
During his Tuesday speech, the governor will announce he will also seek another $ 1 million in funding for New York City clinics that diagnose and treat sexually transmitted diseases, aides said.
The state currently spends $ 3.5 million to support New York City STD clinics. The additional $ 1 million would fund a pilot project to provide rapid access to HIV prevention and care medication for city residents, they said.
The governor is also expected to call on the federal government to increase its funding for HIV and AIDS housing programs nationally. Cuomo aides say federal funding nationally has dropped since 2010 and remained stagnant the past two years.
Gov. Cuomo appears with GMHC CEO Kelsey Louie before a cheering crowd at the 30th Annual Aids Walk in Central Park.
Currently, the feds spend $ 297 million on HIV and AIDS housing programs, including $ 52 million, or 17%, in New York, the Cuomo aides said.
Cuomo won’t ask for a specific increase, but is simply “looking to engage the federal government to see if it will provide additional resources,” one Cuomo aide said.
“We’re making a big push to make New York the first state in the nation to end HIV so we’re going to step up and put the resources into it,” said a second Cuomo aide. “We want Washington to step up and put the resources into it as well.”
In addition, Cuomo will announce that the state will require permanent and term life insurance products be made available for people between the ages of 30 and 60 living with HIV.
“You have to recognize the drugs people are using now (to treat HIV) are a lot more advanced and the lifespans are a lot more protracted,” the first Cuomo aide said.
Cuomo in 2014 said he wants to limit new HIV cases by 2020 to a maximum of 750.
The state Health Department recently announced that for the first time since the AIDS epidemic began there were zero cases of transmission from mothers with HIV to their newborns since the summer of 2014.
And Cuomo on Tuesday will reveal that since that time, the use by New York Medicaid recipients of a drug designed to protect against HIV infection has more than tripled, aides said.