ASSEMBLY, No. 3704

 

STATE OF NEW JERSEY

 

211th LEGISLATURE

 

INTRODUCED JANUARY 11, 2005

 

 

Sponsored by:

Assemblyman JOSEPH J. ROBERTS, JR.

District 5 (Camden and Gloucester)

Assemblyman WILFREDO CARABALLO

District 29 (Essex and Union)

Assemblyman REED GUSCIORA

District 15 (Mercer)

 

Co-Sponsored by:

Assemblywoman Weinberg, Assemblymen Blee, Diegnan, Manzo, Vas and Conover

 

 

 

 

SYNOPSIS

    Supplemental appropriation of $4,998,581 to DHSS for AIDS Drug Distribution Program and other AIDS services.

 

CURRENT VERSION OF TEXT

    As introduced.

 

(Sponsorship Updated As Of: 3/8/2005)


A Supplement to "An Act making appropriations for the support of the State Government and the several public purposes for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2005 and regulating the disbursement thereof," approved June 30, 2004 (P.L.2004, c.71).

 

    Be It Enacted by the Senate and General Assembly of the State of New Jersey:

 

    1. In addition to the amounts appropriated under P.L.2004, c.71, there is appropriated out of the General Fund the following sum for the purpose specified:

 

46 DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND SENIOR SERVICES

20 Physical and Mental Health

21 Health Services

GRANTS-IN-AID

12-4245 AIDS Services ...................................

$4,998,581

Grants-In -Aid:

 

 

12 AIDS Drug Distribution Program.........

    ($2,298,581)

 

12 Rapid AIDS Testing ..................................

      (850,000)

 

12 Care and Treatment for Newly Diagnosed...

(1,850,000)

 

 

      2. This act shall take effect immediately.

 

 

STATEMENT

 

       This bill appropriates a total of $4,998,581 for assistance to persons with HIV/AIDS. The appropriation is allocated as follows:

      (1) The sum of $2.298 million is provided for the AIDS Drug Distribution Program (ADDP). This program provides life-sustaining and life-prolonging medications to low-income individuals with no other source of payment for these drugs. To replace reduced federal fund support for the program in the current fiscal year, the FY2005 Appropriations Act appropriated $11.7 million to this program, but this amount will not be sufficient to meet the needs of the State's residents in this fiscal year;

      (2) The sum of $850,000 is provided for rapid AIDS testing, the results of which are available within minutes of administration instead of the weeks required in the case of earlier tests. The supplemental appropriation would be in addition to the line-item appropriation of $3 million to the program under the FY2005 Appropriations Act; and

      (3) The sum of $1.85 million is provided for care and treatment of persons newly diagnosed with HIV/AIDS.