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New Jersey's New State Budget Will Cut HIV Treatment Access for 957 People, Group Warns

June 30, 2010

New Brunswick, N.J. -- The new state budget signed by Governor Christie on June 29 results in the loss of access to HIV drugs for 957 individuals in New Jersey, effective August 1, 2010.

Despite the recommendations of AIDS activists and organizations such as Hyacinth AIDS Foundation, the Christie administration increased the income threshold for people living with HIV/AIDS from 500% to 300% of the federal poverty level, effectively disallowing access to life saving drugs for 957 people, including 600 individuals, 200 couples and 157 families. Since the State appropriations for the AIDS Drug Distribution Program increased by $7.5 million there is absolutely no need to change eligibility.

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Comment by: Andy (NJ) Thu., Jul. 8, 2010 at 8:21 pm EDT
This is just another glaring example of the insensitivity some Republicans feel toward poor people. I would advise affected people to contact the drug companies and attempt assistance in procuring drugs needed to control this virus. Mr. Chrisite's mean spirited budget speaks for itself. This is truly sad!
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Comment by: A CHILD OF CHRIST (NEW JERSEY) Thu., Jul. 1, 2010 at 8:07 pm EDT
I FEEL TERRIBLE FOR THESE PEOPLE, BUT IF THIS IS HOW IT IS GOING TO BE, THEN AS SOMEONE WHO HAS BEEN ON MEDS FOR 5 YRS NOW, I AM WILLING TO DONATE MY MEDS TO SOMEONE ELSE TO USE FOR A WHILE TO GIVE THEM A FIGHTING CHANCE. I TAKE VERY GOOD CARE OF MYSELF. THE CHANCES OF ME DYING RIGHT AWAY ARE ABOUT THE SAME AS ME GETTING HIT BY A BUS. SO AS LONG AS MY DOCTORS HAVE NOTHING AGAINST IT THEN MAYBE SOME OTHERS WILL DO THE SAME. IF WE HELP ONE ANOTHER ANYWAY WE CAN WE CAN BEAT THE SYSTEM. GOD BLESS
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