June #92 : ADAP to Feds: $ ASAP - by Kayreth Williams

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Hitt and Run

Wish You Were Here?

A Kennedy Goes Global

¡Neggie Niños!


Iraq, War & HIV

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ADAP to Feds: $ ASAP

The TAC Offensive

Neg & Pos


Dig That Pipeline!

Dem Dere Eyes

Life Inside With C

That Bouncing Bug!

Well, G Whiz!

Smears For Straights?

Kentucky Fried Friendship

Soak 'N' Snooze

Markdown for the Count



Most Popular Lessons

The HIV Life Cycle


Herpes Simplex Virus

Syphilis & Neurosyphilis

Treatments for Opportunistic Infections (OIs)

What is AIDS & HIV?

Hepatitis & HIV

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June 2003

ADAP to Feds: $ ASAP

by Kayreth Williams

Feds to HIVers: Hurry up and wait

Please, sir, they want some more—now. The AIDS Drug Assistance Program (ADAP), which buys meds for more than 76,000 HIVers nationwide, got an extra $80 million in February—boosting its budget to $719 million. But its palms remain outstretched. The National Alliance of State and Territorial AIDS Directors (NASTAD) had proposed a $160 million hike, hoping to obliterate lengthening waiting lists and add more HIV meds. South Dakota’s program, for example, doesn’t cover protease inhibitors. North Carolina, with 293 on a waiting list in March, may see only $2 million of the $13.5 million it needs.

President Bush, who wanted no ADAP increase, proposed a separate plan to give states control over Medicaid bucks. If Congress agrees, states could cut HIV services that rely on Medicaid for funding. AIDS advocates warn that any savings from ADAP and Medicaid now will bust budgets later as neglected HIVers cram emergency rooms.

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