Right now, many state ADAPs are in a financial crisis. Twelve states are reporting restrictions to treatment access, including waiting lists, while many other states are preparing to implement restrictions in the near future. There are over 600 people on the waiting list for treatment in North Carolina alone. Severe underfunding of ADAP constitutes a public health crisis in America, not only for people living with HIV/AIDS who rely on the program for life-extending therapies, but for all Americans invested in sound health policy. The ADAP crisis is not acceptable given Health and Human Services Secretary Tommy Thompson's recent statement that "No administration in any nation has ever made fighting HIV/AIDS as high a priority as the United States under this administration".
AIDS treatment policy experts have stated that an increase of $162 million from the federal government is needed to help ease the ADAP crisis and enable states to meet the demands of those who rely on the program.
The ATAC Save ADAP Committee is an ad-hoc group of activists who want to make a difference. We know that the best way to convince Congress to act on this issue is for people to communicate directly with their own elected representatives.
That's where you come in. We encourage you to participate in this grassroots campaign by engaging in as many of the following activities as you can:
If you are interested in scheduling a district visit, but need some help, we have created a fact sheet with tips on getting started. For a copy of this fact sheet, contact Ryan Clary at 415-558-8669 x224 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
We are relying on you to be part of this important campaign. Without our united voices raised in action, Congress may well continue to underfund ADAP, putting thousands of lives at risk.
If you would like to make sure that you receive all of our upcoming Alerts, send an email to SaveADAP@hotmail.com or call Ryan Clary at 415-558-8669 x224.