Ryan White. Real Lives. Meet Jacqueline

| April 9, 2015 | 0 Comments
The death rate among adults with an HIV diagnosis in Tennessee is almost 25 percent higher than the national average. The State of Tennessee is considering a form of Medicaid expansion, but has not yet expanded Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act.  As a result, an estimated 2,000 of the lowest-income people with HIV have been left out of coverage available in other states.  They must rely on Ryan White funding for crucial medical care and other supportive services. In 2011, an estimated 12,336 Tennessee residents received services through Ryan White.

Memphis, TN

My name is Jacqueline and I want you to know that Ryan White services are needed very badly for those who are living with HIV/AIDS. A lot of the people who are infected need this. Here is why: without help from Ryan White, a lot of people who are infected with this virus cannot afford the medicine. The cost of the medicine is extremely high, and not everyone is working a $20,000/year job. People also need dental care, which they can get through Ryan White programs. People living with HIV need to stay in care so that we as a country can stop this virus from spreading even more than it already has. Please don’t cut Ryan White funding.

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Co-sponsors: AIDS United, Southern AIDS Strategy Initiative, Southern AIDS Coalition, Center for Health Law and Policy Innovation at Harvard Law School, HIVHealthReform.org, HIV Prevention Justice Alliance, and the AIDS Foundation of Chicago.

This campaign has been made possible by the generous support of the Elton John AIDS Foundation.


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