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N.J. Reverses Cuts in AIDS Drug Program

July 30, 2010

Philadelphia Inquirer: "In a rare about-face, [N.J. Gov. Chris Christie's] administration announced Thursday that it would help pay for AIDS medications for nearly 1,000 New Jersey residents who were expecting to lose their coverage through a state program Aug. 1. Under Gov. Christie's first budget, the state tightened the income requirements for the AIDS Drug Assistance Program to save an estimated $7.4 million. The allowable income for assistance was cut from $54,150 annually to $32,490 for a single person with no children. At the same time, the state increased appropriations for the program from $9.8 million to $17.2 million in anticipation of increased enrollment and rising pharmaceutical costs. On Thursday, the state announced that those who would have lost coverage will be enrolled immediately in a new program specifically for residents at higher income levels, between 300 and 500 percent of the federal poverty level" (Lu, 7/30).

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