Policy & Politics
HHS Grant Helps to Remove 93 People From South Carolina's ADAP Waiting List; State's List Still Largest Nationwide
May 10, 2007
A recent $26.8 million grant from HHS has helped South Carolina to remove 93 people from the waiting list for its AIDS Drug Assistance Program, but HIV/AIDS officials in the state want to ensure there is enough funding to provide treatment access to everyone on the waiting list, the Columbia State reports. As of May 3, the state's ADAP waiting list stood at 474 people (Reid, Columbia State, 5/10). ADAPs are federal- and state-funded programs that provide HIV/AIDS-related medications to low-income, uninsured and underinsured HIV-positive individuals.
State Rep. Joe Neal (D), who has led efforts to increase funding for HIV/AIDS services, said the state previously has relied on federal funding, and "clearly, that has not worked." Neal said the state "need[s] to add dollars, and they must come from the state," adding, "We have no other source." Bambi Gaddist, executive director of the South Carolina HIV/AIDS Council and a member of the South Carolina HIV/AIDS Care Crisis Task Force, said the state needs $8 million. The task force plans to work with hospitals to develop cost estimates incurred by HIV-positive people who are uninsured or who are Medicaid or Medicare beneficiaries, the State reports (Columbia State, 5/10).
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