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While $52 Million Emergency ADAP Request A Good First Step, PWAs Require Security Of Full Funding For All AIDS Programs

Statement of Christine Lubinski
Deputy Executive Director

February 5, 1996

AIDS Action is gratified that the Clinton administration, with bipartisan support on Capitol Hill, is moving forward with a request for $52 million in emergency funds to deal with the crisis situation created by a rapidly collapsing AIDS Drug Assistance Program (ADAP). The requested emergency funds will contribute substantially to ensuring the solvency of the state ADAP programs upon which more than 55,000 people with AIDS rely for access to prohibitively expensive life-saving drugs that they could otherwise not afford. We remind President Clinton and the Republican congressional leadership, however, that these emergency funds will only help repair the gaping holes in the ADAP lifeboat. ADAP is designed to meet the demand for new drug therapies that would otherwise be unattainable by those without private insurance or Medicaid. Additional funding is crucial for the integrity of this vital program.

While AIDS Action applauds any movement by the White House and Congress to ensure that state ADAPs can in the immediate future fulfill the vital role of providing people living with HIV/AIDS needed access to anti-AIDS therapies, we remain concerned that without additional funding the future of ADAP in fiscal year 1997 (FY97) and beyond will remain in jeopardy. We are also extremely concerned about the status of funding for critical AIDS programs in FY96, including stable and adequate funding for all titles of the Ryan White CARE Act, the AIDS Education & Training Centers (AETCs), the Housing Opportunities for People with AIDS (HOPWA) program, and the McKinney Homeless Assistance Grants program. It is crucial that, like ADAP, these programs, too, receive adequate and secure funding for the remainder of this fiscal year.

Founded in 1984, AIDS Action Council is the only national organization devoted solely to advocating on federal AIDS policy, legislation and funding. AIDS Action represents more than 1,000 community-based AIDS service organizations throughout the United States.

For information contact:
Josi Zuniga, (202) 986-1300, Ext. 3042
Pager (800) 734-9583

AIDS Action Council
1875 Connecticut Avenue NW #700
Washington DC 20009
202-986-1300, Extension 3024
202-986-1345 (fax)
202-332-9614 (tty)

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This article was provided by AIDS Action Council.
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