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is possible to produce a budget which would care for many people with the AIDS virus, but they cannot predict costs of smaller groups of say 100, such as Dr. Siegel?s HIV-positive patients. (AIDS, other costly diseases challenge HMO plans). The reason for changing the budget system behind HMO?s is so that small numbers of doctors can feel comfortable in recruiting sick patients (AIDS, other costly disease challenge HMO plans). Medication is also an issue. AIDS medication is unpredictable. There are going to be more medication and drug options, and they will more than likely not become less expensive as many probably hope. In 1997, Paul Fishman, a researcher with Group Health Cooperative of Puget Sound thinks it will be impossible to devise realistic budgets in the coming years

for HMO doctors to deal with a handful of fast-changing medical problems such as AIDS (AIDS, other costly diseases challenge HMO plans). One of the most important aspects of funding for AIDS, is to provide housing for those who have the virus. The budget for 1997 gave $201,000 for obligations, so they could provide homeless people with AIDS, a shelter to cover their heads. There are 30 million people now living with HIV, and as of last year, nearly 16,000 were being infected each day. (Is AIDS Forever? Where The AIDS Epidemic Has Hit Hardest. . . . . And Where It?s Growing Fastest) With all of these people being infected, there needs to be more housing opportunities for those who are need of it. For Housing Opportunities For Persons With AIDS, a funding of $225 million dollars

was being proposed for this year. This funding would provide 41,000 housing units to go up, and also provide related services to 74,875 people living with AIDS (Housing Opportunities For Persons Living With AIDS, HOPWA). The Centers For Disease Control have reported that in 1996 alone, there were 69,101 new cases of AIDS. That number is steadily growing and each year, we will need to have more housing opportunities for those who lose their income, and in turn, lose their house, and then need a roof over their head. The increase in funds is essential because not only are the number of AIDS cases growing but the people living with the disease also are living longer thanks to new drugs coming out. In December of 1996, the National AIDS Strategy established a goal that would ensure

all people living with HIV have access to care and health services. They further recognized that, "without stable housing a person living with HIV has diminished access to care and services and a diminished opportunity to live a productive life." (HOPWA) One woman said about a shelter idea being rejected for a store or bar, "Nobody here is going to benefit from this. The thing is what kind of people are we when we say that we don?t have any place for somebody who needs help." (AIDS Testimonial). There are certain amounts of funding that are for local and state grantees for each state. Since 1997, the estimated appropriations for funding have risen from $176,400 to $202,500. If the funding continues to increase over the years, we would be able to keep all the

homeless persons living with AIDS off the street, which might reduce the number of people being contracted with the disease. The budget package in 1999 is a record increase for AIDS funding. The budget package was passed by the House on Tuesday, October 20, 1998, and by the Senate, the Wednesday morning after. The types of funding levels will help to modernize AIDS programs to better serve those affected by the new era of the epidemic. $110 million is secured by the CBC (Congressional Black Caucus) will help to fight the epidemic in the African American Communities. The budget package for 1999 includes $4.087 billion for AIDS research, treatment and prevention, with also $261 million in increases for the Ryan White funding. There is $184.9 million more being spent on more AIDS

research and the $225 million for the Housing Opportunities for People With AIDS program. The AIDS related funding for Fiscal Year 99 is $800 million more than what was appropriated in FY98. (Record AIDS Funding Won in FY99 Budget)The whole spending package brings the total prevention funding in FY99 to $657.8 million, which is $32.9 million more than FY98 and almost $25 million more than what President Clinton asked for. This increase is a strong message for better prevention funding for the Fiscal Year 2000. Daniel Zingale, AIDS Action?s executive director stated, "This year the President and Congress reinvented AIDS spending to better meet the needs of increasing numbers of people living with HIV and AIDS. Next year, we must adapt to meet the needs of those at risk for