Bill Restoring Funding For AIDS Drug Program Signed Into Law

TRENTON – Gov. Chris Christie signed a bill to restore the income eligibility for New Jersey’s AIDS Drug Distribution Program to the level it was at before it was slashed in the governor’s budget last year.

The new law (A-3286) restores income eligibility levels from 300 percent to 500 percent of the federal poverty level.

“This program means life or death for many people,” said Assemblyman Craig Coughlin (D-Middlesex). “Spending cuts are needed, but we cannot be inhumane in the decisions we make when lives are on the line. We also shouldn’t be making decisions that lead to higher medical costs when AIDS patients who lose their drugs grow sicker and require more expensive treatments.”

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