New Mexico AIDS Drug Assistance Program Faces $1.3 Million Shortfall for Current Fiscal Year
March 17, 2004
New Mexico's AIDS Drug Assistance Program is facing a $1.3 million shortfall in its budget for the current fiscal year that ends June 30, and officials may have to institute a waiting list for the program, the Santa Fe New Mexican reports (Davis, Santa Fe New Mexican, 3/15). ADAPs -- which are supported with both state and federal funds -- provide HIV/AIDS-related medications to low-income, uninsured and underinsured HIV-positive individuals. According to an "ADAP Watch" released by the National Alliance of State and Territorial AIDS Directors in January, 15 states have waiting lists or access restrictions for their ADAP programs (Kaiser Daily HIV/AIDS Report, 2/27). In its last session, the New Mexico Legislature failed to pass a bill to allocate $2 million to pay for the state's ADAP. In the past, the Legislature has provided "strong" funding for HIV/AIDS-related services, according to the New Mexican. The state has said it will not have the funds to pay for newly developed antiretroviral drugs that come on the market; however, Don Torres, the state's AIDS director, said that the state Department of Health is "adamantly against" instituting an ADAP waiting list, according to the New Mexican. In 2002, the state provided HIV/AIDS drugs to 587 people at a cost of approximately $1,000 per person. Although the program averages about 25 new clients each year, the department has added 60 new clients in the past six months.
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