Tuesday, May 16, 2006

Help Us Improve AIDS funding for Indigent North Carolinians

Low-income people living with AIDS in North Carolina have one of the worst drug assistance programs in the United States. In order to qualify for the program, individuals must have no more income than 125% of poverty level, or roughly $12K/year. When their medications can cost thousands of dollars for each prescription per year, this means that they will either go without medicine or without food, shelter or other basics. Surrounding states have more realistic qualifications for AIDS Drug Assistance Programs (ADAP).

Equality NC is advocating for our low-income brothers and sisters. If you would take a moment to contact your representatives in the NC Legislature before they vote this week on the budget, perhaps we can improve the conditions of life for many people in our state. We have one of the fastest increasing rates of HIV infection per capita in the US and this low priority spending theoretically could contribute to an increase in transmission of the virus.

Please visit the ENC Political Action center today to send a message to your NC representatives.

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