Policy & Politics
New Jersey Legislature Examining Ways to Avoid HIV/AIDS Medication Copayments in State Budget
April 23, 2009
New Jersey lawmakers on Tuesday indicated that they are examining ways to avoid proposed co-payments for some people living with HIV/AIDS who receive medications though the state, NorthJersey.com reports. The copayments are part of Gov. Jon Corzine's (D) $29.8 billion spending proposal for the state's new fiscal year and would collect $1.36 million by creating co-payments for HIV/AIDS drugs based on a sliding scale determined by income (Reitmeyer, NorthJersey.com, 4/21). The copayments would affect 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 copayments will hurt patients who are already struggling because of the poor economy (Kaiser Daily HIV/AIDS Report, 3/26).
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