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.
Humbaugh said that two other states already have implemented waiting lists and that six others have put some type of cap on antiretrovirals covered or the number of people who can receive services. The Herald-Leader reports that HIV/AIDS advocates argue it is more cost-effective for states and the federal government to pay for antiretrovirals than to wait until someone becomes seriously ill. Wade said, "People who don't get their medicines get really, really sick. That means that they are admitted to the emergency rooms and eventually moved to intensive care. They stay longer. They can't work ... and taxpayers are going to have to pay for that." According to advocates, life expectancy for HIV-positive people nationwide and in Kentucky has greatly improved, largely because of access to antiretrovirals (Musgrave, Lexington Herald-Leader, 12/2).
This article was provided by Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation. It is a part of the publication Kaiser Daily HIV/AIDS Report. Visit the Kaiser Family Foundation's website to find out more about their activities, publications and services.
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