2013-04-04 / Bulletin Board

Middlesex County to receive $1 million to support HIV/AIDS care

Middlesex County will receive $1,007,693 in federal funding for medical care and support through the Ryan White program for low-income individuals and families living with HIV/AIDS.

“New Jersey has unfortunately ranked highly in the nation for number of reported HIV/AIDS cases, but this funding for the Ryan White Program of Middlesex will provide critical medical care and support services for those living with HIV/AIDS who would otherwise have no means of paying for it,” said Congressman Frank Pallone Jr. (D-NJ), who announced the funding on Feb. 21. “The Ryan White program improves the quality of life for some of our most vulnerable residents, and I will work with my colleagues on the subcommittee on health to ensure the program continues.” The Ryan White program is the single largest federal program designed specifically for people with HIV in the United States. The program works with cities, states and local community-based organizations to provide HIV-related services to more than half a million people with HIV each year.

First enacted in 1990, the program provides care and support services to individuals and families affected by the disease, functioning as the “payer of last resort” by filling the gaps for those who have no other source of coverage or face coverage limits.

Pallone serves as a ranking member of the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health, which has jurisdiction over the federally funded Ryan White program, which is up for reauthorization in September of this year.

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