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New Jersey Says AIDS Patients Won't Lose Coverage

July 30, 2010

On Thursday, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie's administration announced that nearly 1,000 residents who are to be cut from the AIDS Drug Assistance Program (ADAP) on Aug. 1 will still be able to access treatment through a temporary program.

Under Christie's budget, tighter income restrictions for ADAP clients were enacted in order to save an estimated $7.4 million. ADAP lowered the income ceiling for clients to $32,490, or 300 percent of the poverty level for an individual, from the previous 500 percent individual cap of $54,150.

Unexpectedly, state officials learned "several weeks after the budget was adopted" that New Jersey will receive an additional $5 million in pharmaceutical company rebates, said Poonam Alaigh, commissioner of the Department of Health and Senior Services (DHSS).

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See Also
New Jersey Sets Income Cap for Free AIDS Medications, Cutting Off Nearly 1,000
N.J. Reverses Cuts in AIDS Drug Program
2014 National ADAP Monitoring Project Annual Report (PDF)
ADAP Waiting List Update: 35 People in 1 State as of July 23
More on ADAP Restrictions and Waiting Lists

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Comment by: Raymond (New Hampshire) Sat., Aug. 7, 2010 at 7:15 am EDT
The income threshold in NH is 200% and the medicaid "spend down" threshold is $591. There is an embarrasing puacity of support at so many levels here that one is demoralized and discourage from being active for change. Accessibility to the program is being used a political manuever and it is ugly
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