Texas Health Department May Alter ADAP Rules if Program Goes Into Deficit
August 11, 2003
The Texas Department of Health has developed a contingency plan to revise eligibility requirements for the Texas HIV Medication Program, the state's AIDS Drug Assistance Program, to overcome a budget deficit the program may face in coming years, the Houston Chronicle reports. Health officials project that the ADAP have an $11 million deficit in two years, even though the state Legislature recently increased the program's budget to $44.6 million (Ross Hughes, Houston Chronicle, 8/7). The federal-state ADAP program provides free or low-cost medication to low-income HIV-positive individuals. Many state ADAP programs are experiencing financial trouble due to high demand for the drugs, soaring prescription costs and state budget shortfalls (Kaiser Daily HIV/AIDS Report, 5/12). The four new potential rule changes would only apply to new enrollees, according to the Chronicle. The possible rule changes, which would be phased in as needed, may include:
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