HIV/AIDS Advocates Voice Opposition to Medication Co-Payments Included in Proposed New Jersey Budget
March 26, 2009
People living with HIV/AIDS in New Jersey could be negatively affected by prescription drug co-payments included in Gov. Jon Corzine's (D) proposed $29.8 billion budget, advocates told state lawmakers on Tuesday, the Newark Star-Ledger reports. The budget would collect $1.4 million from 9,000 people living with HIV/AIDS who have obtained no-cost medicine from the state because they do not qualify for other assistance programs. Advocates said that the co-payments will hurt patients who are already struggling because of the poor economy. John Covello, director of government and public affairs for the Independent Pharmacy Association of New Jersey, said, "From talking to stores, they know their patients will not have the ability to pay this and the consequences will be dire." He added that HIV/AIDS medications are "very, very expensive drugs."
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