South Carolina Eliminates Waiting List for AIDS Drug Assistance Program, Health Department Says
September 25, 2007
The South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control on Friday announced that it has eliminated the waiting list for the state's AIDS Drug Assistance Program, the AP/Myrtle Beach Sun-News reports (Adcox, AP/Myrtle Beach Sun-News, 9/21). ADAPs are federal- and state-funded programs that provide HIV/AIDS-related medications to low-income, uninsured and underinsured HIV-positive individuals. As of July 19, South Carolina had an ADAP waiting list of 303 people, according to the National Alliance of State and Territorial AIDS Directors' "ADAP Watch" (Kaiser Daily HIV/AIDS Report, 8/17).
Removing all the people from the waiting list is "a great start," state Rep. Joe Neal (D), who has led efforts to increase funding for HIV/AIDS services, said. He added, "The question is, will we have money next year, or will this only meet this year's need? Unless we're able to maintain, we'll be right back where we started." Health department spokesperson Thom Berry said the agency plans to ask lawmakers for $2.4 million for ADAP for 2008-2009 (AP/Myrtle Beach Sun-News, 9/21).
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