WASHINGTON - Congressman Frank Pallone, Jr. (06-NJ) announced Wednesday, July 5 that Middlesex County has been awarded a federal grant worth $1,570,212 to aid low income individuals and families living with HIV/AIDS. The grant will assist Middlesex residents through the Ryan White Program which supports both direct medical treatment as well as non-medical aid.
“New Jersey ranks high in the nation for the number of reported HIV/AIDS cases and this funding from the Ryan White Program 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 Pallone. “The Ryan White program improves the quality of life for some of our most vulnerable residents, and I will work with my colleagues to ensure the program continues.”
As Ranking Member on the Energy and Commerce Committee, Congressman Pallone has jurisdiction over initiatives like the Ryan White Program and will continue to fight for its reauthorization. The Ryan White Program has received federal grants for 20 years and will assist approximately 2,800 individuals in the region. Eighty percent of these grants will go towards core medical services with the remaining funding helping families with food delivery, housing costs, and medical transportation.
Congressman Pallone is currently fighting the Trump budget proposal which cuts $59 million from the Ryan White Program. He has also expressed his concerns over legislation to repeal the Affordable Care Act, which makes drastic cuts to Medicaid. Medicaid provides vital health coverage to many Americans with HIV/AIDS.