ADAP Waiting List Update: 1,223 People in 6 States as of August 2
August 6, 2012
As of August 2, 2012, there are 1,223 individuals on ADAP waiting lists in six states. All states reporting the elimination of their waiting list or a decrease in the overall number of individuals on their waiting list attribute it to receipt of their ADAP Emergency Relief Funding. North Carolina reports that while they were able to clear their waiting list (as of July 31, 2012), any individual who applies for ADAP after that date will be placed on a waiting list. To see a list of states with access restrictions please visit NASTAD's website.
The total number of individuals on waiting lists has decreased 87 percent since a high of 9,298 individuals on September 1, 2011. Regular FY2011 and FY2012 ADAP funding, along with FY2011 emergency funds, have helped to alleviate some of the waiting lists and other cost containment measures.
In July 2012, HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius announced the release of $69 million in FY2012 emergency funding for ADAPs, including the $35 million in new funding that President Obama announced on World AIDS Day and the $40 million in continuation emergency funding from FY2011. All applications were funded at the requested amounts; 22 states applied for continuation funding and 15 states applied for the new funding from World's AIDS Day. The emergency funding is expected to reduce and likely eliminate ADAP waiting lists and other cost containment measures currently in place as states incorporate the additional funding into their overall budgets and forecast program needs.
The House Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education passed a FY2013 Labor-HHS-Education Appropriations bill that is $6.8 billion less than FY2012 funding levels. ADAP received an increase of $67 million dollars for a total of $1 billion, which matches President Obama's request. However, the bill also drastically cuts other Ryan White programs by a total of $114 million. The Senate version of the bill provides a $30 million increase for ADAP. House and Senate leaders have agreed to a six month Continuing Resolution (CR) that will fund the government through March 2013 at the Budget Control Act level. Both chambers will vote on the CR when they return after the August recess.
As a result of the receipt of $69 million in emergency funding, ADAP waiting lists have decreased and/or been eliminated. However, it is important to remember that ADAPs continue to see new enrollment of individuals based on increased efforts to identify new individuals living with HIV or re-engage individuals lost to care and will continue to require additional funding in order to keep new waiting lists from being implemented. Many ADAPs continue to struggle financially, including those without any cost-containment measures currently in place. Four ADAPs currently anticipate the need to implement cost-containment measures or a waiting list during the ADAP FY2012 grant year (began April 1, 2012).
ADAPs With Other Cost-Containment Strategies: Financial Eligibility (Instituted Since September 2009, as of April 19, 2012)
Six ADAPs have previously lowered their financial eligibility as part of their cost-containment plans since September 2009. Illinois, North Dakota, Ohio and South Carolina lowered their eligibility level to 300% FPL. Utah lowered their eligibility level to 250% FPL, and Arkansas lowered their eligibility level to 200% FPL. Previously, all states had FPLs of 400% and above. As a result of these measures, a total of 445 individuals in three states, Arkansas (99), Ohio (257), and Utah (89), were disenrolled. Illinois, North Dakota, and South Carolina grandfathered their clients that fell within the income levels into their programs. No other ADAPs currently anticipate further changes to their financial eligibility.
ADAPs With Other Cost-Containment Strategies (Instituted Since April 1, 2009, as of April 11, 2012)
Alabama: reduced formulary, capped enrollment
ADAPs Considering New/Additional Cost-Containment Measures (Before March 31, 2013***)
Alaska: reduce formulary
Access to Medications
Case management services are being provided to ADAP waiting list clients through ADAP (1 ADAP), Part B (5 ADAPs), contracted agencies (7 ADAPs) and other agencies, including other Parts of Ryan White (4 ADAPs).
For clients on ADAP waiting lists who are currently on or in need of medications, nine ADAP waiting list states confirm that ADAP waiting list clients are receiving medications through either pharmaceutical company patient assistance programs (PAPs) Welvista, or other mechanisms available within the state.
This article was provided by National Alliance of State and Territorial AIDS Directors. Visit NASTAD's website to find out more about their activities and publications.
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