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    Thu, 02 Jun 2011 12:19:54

    Elton John Asks Florida Governor to Protect HIV/AIDS Medication Program - He wrote a letter to the Gov

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    The Associated Press reports that singer Elton John is urging Florida Governor Rick Scott to protect a program that helps low-income HIV/AIDS patients get medication needed to control the virus.

    John, founder of the Elton John AIDS Foundation, wrote to Scott on Tuesday after hearing the Department of Health was considering changes in income eligibility. Big ups to Elton for trying to save the program, which is crucial for so many suffering from this illness.

    A department spokeswoman says there are no immediate plans to change the AIDS Drug Assistance Program, though it held hearings to discuss the possibility of lowering income requirements to participate. That sounds like you need to be really poor in order to receive help. Not fair.

    In their letter, John and foundation Chairman David Furnish say lowering income eligibility could mean 1,600 people will no longer get help obtaining antiretroviral medication.

    What do you think of Elton John's letter-writing campaign?

    —Amy Sciarretto
    06.02.11




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