WASHINGTON – Today, the Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS met with President Clinton and urged him to make it a priority to pass legislation that expands Medicaid eligibility to individuals in the earlier stages of HIV. The recommendation is part of the Council’s final report to the Administration, "AIDS: No Time to Spare – The Final Report to the President of the United States." Reps. Richard Gephardt (D-MO) and Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) praised the President’s Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS and its chair, former Representative Ron Dellums, for its recommendation.
"Early treatment for HIV infection saves lives and reduces health care costs as progression from HIV to full-blown AIDS is prevented or delayed," said Pelosi. "This expansion of coverage will allow people living with HIV to stay healthy and active."
"We applaud our former colleague, Rep. Dellums, and the Advisory Council for making this critical recommendation and pointing the way towards better health care for low-income people with HIV," said Gephardt. "And we’re thrilled that this critical initiative has been brought to the President as a top priority for the Council."
"For the past seven years, the Clinton/Gore Administration has shown great leadership in the fight against HIV/AIDS disease. Passage of this legislation will be a significant addition to that legacy. Rep. Pelosi and I will continue to work to enact the Council’s recommendation before Congress adjourns."