- New Medicare-Approved Prescription Drug Discount Card
Patients who are on Medicare and have income under 135% of Federal poverty level and are not on Medicaid probably should obtain one of the new Medicare discount cards that became available on June 1, 2004, because all these cards include $600 annual credit for prescription-drug purchases for persons within that income limit. Unfortunately this program is complex, no one yet knows how it will work in practice, and after choosing a card one is locked in until November 15. The most difficult part of the choice of which card to get may involve how it interacts with other programs, including ADAP, and pharmaceutical company patient assistance programs.
- Institute of Medicine Urges Restructuring of U.S. Low-Income HIV Treatment and Care
The U.S. could prevent thousands of unnecessary deaths by creating a comprehensive HIV care program. It would be administered by the states under Federal standards of patient care and physician reimbursement, and replace Medicaid (for persons with HIV), ADAP, and much of Ryan White as well.
- ADAP Crisis National Call-In Alert, Starting June 14
Over 1600 people are currently on waiting lists to receive antiretroviral treatment through the AIDS Drug Assistance Program -- a crisis predicted for over a year. In the next few weeks, Congress will consider funding for next year. Starting now and during the summer it will be important for people to talk to their representatives and let them know why this program is important.
- Inexpensive Air Filter for Allergy Relief
We found a low-cost, efficient way to make homes more comfortable for many people, especially in hay-fever season.
- Grants for Innovative Treatment, Vaccine or Microbicide Research, Application Deadline July 31
GlaxoSmithKline is offering research grants to scientists for certain innovative projects involving the development of HIV treatment, vaccines, or microbicides.
- Bangkok AIDS Conference May Be Largest Ever, July 11 to 16
The XV International AIDS Conference in Bangkok next month is expecting 15,000 attendees and may be the largest AIDS conference ever. Anyone can receive free daily email updates during the conference, and many other reports will be presented later. Unfortunately the Bush Administration told about 80% of the U.S. government scientists expecting to go that they will not be sent.
- Ronald Reagan Remembered
Here is a transcript of the first public mention of AIDS in the Reagan White House, after 200 people had died.
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