Singer Elton John is urging Gov. Rick Scott to protect a program that helps low-income HIV/AIDS patients obtain medication needed to control the virus.
John, founder of the Elton John AIDS Foundation, wrote to Scott Tuesday after hearing the Department of Health was considering
changes in income eligibility.
A department spokeswoman said 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.
In their letter, John and foundation Chairman David Furnish said lowering income eligibility could mean 1,600 people will no longer receive help obtaining antiretroviral medication.
Furnish said in a phone interview, "We were horrified when we heard this and we wanted to reach out and make our unhappiness known to the governor."