Policy & Politics
California Senate Budget Subcommittee Rejects ADAP Enrollment Caps, Waiting List
March 9, 2004
The California Senate Subcommittee on Health and Human Services on Monday rejected a proposal by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger (R) to cap enrollment and create a waiting list for the state's AIDS Drug Assistance Program, the Los Angeles Times reports (Ingram, Los Angeles Times, 3/9). The plan is outlined in the governor's fiscal year 2004-2005 budget proposal, which also includes a 2% cut in funding for state HIV/AIDS prevention and treatment programs. ADAP -- which is financed with both state and federal funds -- provides HIV treatment to low-income, uninsured and underinsured HIV-positive individuals. Schwarzenegger's budget would have capped enrollment in the program at the current level of 23,900 enrollees. If implemented, the cap would have prevented more than 1,400 HIV-positive people in California from accessing antiretroviral drugs and existing enrollees would have faced reduced benefits. According to AIDS advocates, lawmakers need to add $25 million to ADAP's proposed $207 million budget to avoid waiting lists and maintain the current list of available drugs (Kaiser Daily HIV/AIDS Report, 3/8).
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