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.
“This 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,” U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-NJ) said in a statement.
“I 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.”
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.
“It’s more important than ever that we protect the most vulnerable among us as we continue to battle this public health crisis,” U.S. Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ).
“This 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.”
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.