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Loss of Funding, Increase in Participants Likely to Cause Kentucky ADAP to Implement Waiting List

December 3, 2008

Kentucky's AIDS Drug Assistance Program -- which provides medications to low-income, uninsured and underinsured HIV-positive people -- has lost a significant portion of its federal and state funding over the past three years and may be forced to reinstate a waiting list by April, state health officials said Monday, the Lexington Herald-Leader reports.

According to Sigga Jagne, branch manager for the program with the state Cabinet for Health and Family Services, an increase in the number of patients who have applied for assistance has coincided with the drop in funding. Jagne said, "We are seeing 50 new patients a month," which is up from monthly figures of 35 in 2007 and 23 in 2006. However, federal funding decreased from $4.6 million in 2005 to $4.3 million in 2008; antiretrovirals can cost between $2,000 and $10,000 a month. Deborah Wade, program director for the WINGS Clinic at the

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See Also
2014 National ADAP Monitoring Project Annual Report (PDF)
ADAP Waiting List Update: 35 People in 1 State as of July 23
More on ADAP Restrictions and Waiting Lists

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Comment by: David Capogna (New York City) Thu., Dec. 4, 2008 at 1:01 pm EST
INSANITY!!!

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