Maryland: Money Delayed to Local Health Organizations for HIV Care
September 2, 2011
Eighty-one Maryland health organizations should soon be receiving long-awaited federal HIV/AIDS dollars, but many say delayed disbursement of some funds has already forced them to cut back critical services.
The Moore Clinic for HIV Care at Johns Hopkins University, which uses Ryan White money to care for 650 patients, plans to scale back on housing, co-payment and medication assistance. Jeanne Keruly, an associate professor of medicine at Hopkins and director of Ryan White HIV/AIDS Clinical Services, said planning is a challenge since the clinic's contract has not been renewed and it has gone without funding for two months.
"We're finding we can't help some people with certain needs," said Keruly. "We also made the decision not to bring in any new patients to the program who were uninsured so we could continue to provide adequate services to those already in the practice."
Dr. Kathleen Squires, chair of the HIV Medicine Association, said a similar scenario is playing out nationally. "The delay in funding is forcing these programs to cut services that low-income HIV-infected patients depend on," she said.
08.25.2011; Meredith Cohn
This article was provided by U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. It is a part of the publication CDC HIV/Hepatitis/STD/TB Prevention News Update. Visit the CDC's website to find out more about their activities, publications and services.
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