ADAP Waiting Lists Nearly Eliminated, Kaiser Family Foundation, NASTAD Survey Says; Challenges Remain
April 9, 2008
The number of people on waiting lists to receive HIV/AIDS-related medications through AIDS Drug Assistance Programs dropped from 571 in March 2007 to three in March 2008, a survey of state and territorial ADAPs released Thursday by the Kaiser Family Foundation and the National Alliance of State and Territorial AIDS Directors says, CQ HealthBeat reports. The day before the report's release, Montana -- the only state with a waiting list -- added two more people for a total of five. In March 2007, there were four states with waiting lists (Grimaldi, CQ HealthBeat, 4/8).
Jennifer Kates, vice president and director of HIV policy for the Kaiser Family Foundation, said, "Given some of the things we're hearing, it's possible that some of the waiting lists could come back." Kates added that changes in HHS' Health Resources and Services Administration's supplemental awards and in Ryan White, as well as uncertain fiscal futures for states could detract from the recent progress (CQ HealthBeat, 4/8).
The report is available online.
A forum on the release of the results of the survey was webcast on Tuesday by kaisernetwork.org. The forum included remarks by Kaiser Family Foundation Executive Vice President Diane Rowland and NASTAD Executive Director Julie Scofield. Murray Penner, deputy executive director of domestic programs at NASTAD, and Kates presented the survey findings. A panel discussion followed, featuring Doug Morgan of HHS; Christine Olson of the South Dakota Department of Health; Noreen O'Donnell of the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control; and Ron Snell of the National Conference of State Legislatures. Video and a podcast of the forum are available online.
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