Suburban GM News (New Jersey) (04.03.13)
Aids Weekly Plus
On February 21, Rep. Frank Pallone Jr. (D-N.J.) announced that the Ryan White program for low-income individuals and families living with HIV/AIDS would provide $1,007,693 in federal funding for medical care and support to Middlesex County, N.J. Pallone declared, “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.” Pallone serves as the ranking member of the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health, which has jurisdiction over the Ryan White program. Pallone intends to work with his colleagues on the health subcommittee to make sure that the program continues, as it enriches the quality of life for some of the county’s most vulnerable residents.
The Ryan White program is the largest federal program designed specifically for HIV-infected persons in the United States. The program provides HIV-related services to more than 500,000 people each year by working with cities, states, and local community-based organizations. The Ryan White program began in 1990, and functions as the “payer of last resort” for those who face coverage limits or who have no other source of coverage. The program is up for reauthorization in September 2013.