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HIV-Pos Med Services To Improve For People On Low Incomes

Posted by pozlife on May 19, 2007

by 365Gay.com Newscenter Staff

Posted: May 18, 2007 – 5:00 pm ET

(Washington) Part of a $2.9 trillion federal budget blueprint approved this week by Congress includes an amendment to expand access to vital medical services for low-income people who are HIV-positive.

The amendment, by Sens. Gordon H. Smith (R-OR) and Hillary Rodham Clinton’s (D-NY) was based on the Early Treatment for HIV Act which also had sponsored. ETHA provides states the ability to extend Medicaid coverage to low-income, HIV-positive individuals before they develop full-blown AIDS.

“Today’s budget represents a true victory in the nation’s battle against HIV/AIDS,” said Smith.

“By providing early treatment to individuals who have been diagnosed with this disease, we can help prevent the progression to AIDS and help individuals with HIV lead healthier and longer lives.”

Clinton said it would particularly help low income people in New York State where 100,000 people are living with HIV/AIDS.

“Expanding access to early treatment for low income people with HIV will allow them to get the help they need before they get sick and before they need more comprehensive and costly care,” said Clinton.

ETHA was developed to supplement safety-net programs across the country that treat individuals with HIV/AIDS.

In several cases, these initiatives are running out of money, and as a consequence, they are generally unable to cover all of the people who need assistance paying for their medical care.

ETHA provides states with another way to reach out to low-income, HIV-positive individuals and offer health care coverage.

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