HHS announces $25 million reallocation for AIDS drug assistance

WASHINGTON The Department of Health and Human Services announced Friday it would reallocate $25 million to improve access of HIV/AIDS prescription drugs to states with AIDS drug assistance programs.

HHS secretary Kathleen Sebelius said the funds are one part of a broader effort HHS is making to improve the health status of people living with HIV.

"Improving access to care and treatment for people living with HIV is a top priority for HHS," Sebelius said. "Created under the Affordable Care Act, the Pre-Existing Condition Insurance Plan will provide a new health coverage option for Americans who have been uninsured for at least six months and have been unable to get health coverage because of a health condition — including HIV. This option will be available until 2014, when insurers will be banned from discriminating against adults with pre-existing conditions," Sebelius added.

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