AIDS Foundation cuts client list

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - New eligibility requirements and decreases in funding are forcing the Arkansas AIDS Foundation to discontinue services to more than 150 clients.

The Little Rock-based foundation currently helps more than 500 clients with insurance premiums, medication co-pays, transportation and other costs.

The foundation said Friday it will have to cut services to 153 clients because the state Health Department has reduced the eligibility threshold by more than half.

With dwindling federal funds, the Health Department lowered the threshold from 500 percent of the federal poverty level, or an annual household income of $52,200, to a 200 percent level, or $21,600 annual household income.

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