Texas: As AIDS Turns 30, State Retreats on Funds
June 17, 2011
Texas legislators have approved level funding, $96.7 million, for the state's AIDS Drug Assistance Program (ADAP), but they turned down a request for $19.2 million in additional funds for the growing program. Texas was facing a $23 billion budget shortfall.
Sen. Jane Nelson (R-Flower Mound), chair of the Senate's Health and Human Services Committee, said more funding might be made available if ADAP runs out of its two-year appropriation.
Zachary Thompson, director of the Dallas County health department, said the funding gap likely will result in cost shifting to the counties where AIDS patients seek treatment. "We're going to see an increase in visits at our public hospital," he predicted. "We should not be balancing the state budget on the backs of those who need the funds most."View Full Article
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