South Carolina to See More AIDS Funding
December 15, 2006
The new funding headed to South Carolina under the reauthorized Ryan White CARE Act is particularly needed in the state, where the AIDS Drug Assistance Program is facing a $3 million shortfall and where 324 patients were waiting for drug assistance as of Nov. 29. The program's 2005 budget was $14.25 million; last year the Legislature contributed just $500,000; and advocates are asking the state to do more. Another on-going problem is the need for more physicians willing and able to treat HIV patients. Because doctors are poorly reimbursed for treating Medicaid patients, "we need state funding to assist us and make greater incentives available," said Bambi Gaddist, executive director of the S.C. HIV/AIDS Council.
The State (Columbia)
12.12.2006; Czerne M. Reid
This article was provided by CDC National Prevention Information Network. It is a part of the publication CDC HIV/Hepatitis/STD/TB Prevention News Update.