The Florida Legislature has voted to increase funding toFlorida's AIDS Drug Assistance Program (ADAP) as part of the 2012 state budget,reducing its waiting list for the program to 427 people, according to astatement from The AIDS Institute. ADAPs nationwide help provide life-sustainingmedications to low-income, underserved or underinsured people living withHIV/AIDS. The programs exist through a combination of federal and state fundsand rebates provided by pharmaceutical companies. The Florida ADAP serves about12,000 people. Because of budget constraints and increased patient demands, thestate waiting list ballooned to more than 4,000 people last year. Thelegislature has now passed a budget, signed by the governor, with $2.5 millionfor the program. 

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