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August 06, 2009

SFAF.org Podcast #60 - California HIV Budget Cuts: Not a Done Deal

While signing the state budget, Governor Schwarzenegger used his line-item veto power to slash an additional $52 million in funding for HIV/AIDS programs. That cut, which eliminates all state support for HIV testing, prevention and care, came on top of the more than $30 million already agreed to by the Legislature in order to balance the budget. In this episode, Courtney Mulhern-Pearson – the Foundation’s Legislative and Policy Associate – gives us an update on the governor's last-minute HIV budget cuts and efforts underway to reverse them.

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Courtney Mulhern-Pearson is responsible for monitoring, analysis and advocacy on a range of HIV-related public policy initiatives at the federal, state and local levels of government. Prior to joining the Foundation, Mulhern-Pearson worked for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, where she led outreach efforts on the Medicare part D drug benefit targeting HIV providers. She received her Masters in Public Health with an emphasis on Health Policy and Management from the University of California, Berkeley.

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