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.View Full Article
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