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).View Full Article
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