JCARRJoint Committee on Agency Rule Review (Ohio)
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In November 2011, after several Ohio AIDS patients filed a lawsuit opposing the legality of the rule change, a judge granted preliminary injunction preventing the Ohio Department of Health from adopting of enforcing the new regulations for Ohio's ADAP; at another JCARR meeting earlier this year, AIDS advocates again succeeded in having the proposed eligibility rule change pulled from the agenda.
We are thrilled that this item was pulled from JCARR's meeting agenda earlier today," said Eddie Hamilton, with the group, 'ADAP Educational Initiative' based in Columbus and who testified at the JCARR meeting today and who was also one of the plaintiffs in the November legal action.
Changing Ohio's medical-eligibility criteria for its ADAP, such as reducing the qualifying CD4 count from 350 down to 200, as this rule change would do, is actually a form of rationing of lifesaving HIV medicines," said Tom Myers, General Counsel for AIDS Healthcare Foundation who also spoke at today's JCARR hearing.