Congress: Find the Cash Or Die Sooner

Find the Cash Or Die Sooner

Congress last year created a $30 million emergency fund for AIDS patients who were unable to afford the high cost (about $8,000 a year) of AZT, the only FDA-approved drug known to prolong their lives. It did so on the unusual condition that the measure's sponsors would not try to renew the funding. For the 6,000 beneficiaries so far, a new crisis is at hand: although various states still have some of this money left, the federal program will end on Sept. 30 and a new grant is doubtful.

The unhappy option for the patients is to reduce their income and...

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