One significant change in the bill is in how patients are counted. Current law only counts patients with full-blown AIDS. The revision also would count patients with the HIV virus. The change favors areas of the country where the disease is a newer phenomenon, which tends to be southern and rural states.
The objections threaten to stall passage of the $2.1 billion Ryan White CARE Act before Congress wraps up work this week, ahead of the November 7 mid-term elections.