The Hudson County government will receive over $164,000 from the COVID-19 stimulus to treat HIV/AIDS patients during this public health emergency, officials said.
By John Heinis/Hudson County View
COVID-19 poses a serious health risk for individuals living with immunodeficiency disorders like HIV, and the risk is heightened by barriers to health care access.
â€œThis funding will ensure our friends, neighbors and loved ones living with HIV/AIDS get the treatment and services they need to survive during this pandemic,â€ U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-NJ) said in a statement.
â€œI will continue pushing this Administration to provide high quality care to individuals living with HIV and will continue advocating for the resources they need in future spending bills.â€
Established in 1990, the Ryan White program focuses on community-based, early intervention and primary health care services for low-income and uninsured individuals living with HIV/AIDS.
â€œItâ€™s more important than ever that we protect the most vulnerable among us as we continue to battle this public health crisis,â€ U.S. Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ).
â€œThis federal funding will provide New Jerseyans living with HIV/AIDS the continuum of care they need to improve health outcomes while taking steps to help curtail new infections.â€
Also receiving funding is CarePoint Health, the corporation that owns Christ Hospital in Jersey City, the Hoboken University Medical Center, and the Bayonne Medical Center – netting $92,250 in grant money.
Overall, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services granted $2,712,652 to 14 different entities in New Jersey.