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Utah: Doctors, Patients Reeling From AIDS Medication Funding Shortfall

December 3, 2009

Facing a $375,000 shortfall in its AIDS Drug Assistance Program at the end of October, Utah lowered the maximum annual income allowable for participation and dropped 87 patients from the program. The state also closed enrollment, denying access to 36 new applicants in the past month -- even though they would have met the stricter income cutoff, said Toni Johnson, executive director of the People with AIDS Coalition of Utah.

The ADAP shortfall, Johnson said, is the result of flat funding by the federal government at a time when Utah's HIV/AIDS caseload is increasing. The US government's funding formula disburses money based on the state where diagnosis took place, Johnson said, and 28 percent of Utah's HIV/AIDS patients are from other states.

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Comment by: Troy (Texas) Wed., Dec. 9, 2009 at 9:26 pm EST
A commenter here said here WTF. I'll tell you WTF. Who cares about people with AIDS, especially in holier than though Utah? It's just a fact. A sad fact, but true fact.
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Comment by: Keith (Atlanta, GA) Wed., Dec. 9, 2009 at 6:01 pm EST
WTF!?!! This is just un-f!ckng believable. So the US government can throw away over a trillion dollars to banks, who then promptly pay out outrageous bonuses to their employees using taxpayer dollars and Utah can't even come up with $375,000? In the meantime, the Congress spends over a billion dollars a year just on their f!cking staff and perks like water and flowers? Where's the f!cking OUTRAGE! In fact, I would gladly pay out the money for my medications if they were priced the way they were through my previous health insurance plan with my form employer. $50 for 90 days of brand name prescriptions as opposed to this donut whole crap thay not even my parents can afford for one medication. Get a job with the government and you're f!cking set for life. The only problem, you become one of those useless lazy motherf!ckers who gets paid to sit on their *ss all day doing as little work as possible. Maybe its time for a million AIDS march on Washington. This is BULLSH!T to the "nth' degree. F!ck the government and F!CK Obama!
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