Iowa: Cuts Affect HIV Patients
March 2, 2010
Lawmakers were told Thursday that due to state budget cuts, at least 44 Iowans are on a waiting list to access HIV medications through the AIDS Drug Assistance Program. "The cost of emergency treatment for these individuals without AIDS drugs will be much higher, and that cost will ultimately be footed by the taxpayers," said Dr. Scott Clair, president of the Community HIV/Hepatitis Advocates of Iowa Network. While Gov. Chet Culver has not proposed further cuts in ADAP for the fiscal year beginning July 1, advocates say almost $742,000 more is needed to prevent patients from going without HIV drugs.
Des Moines Register
02.26.2010; Jason Clayworth
This article was provided by CDC National Prevention Information Network. It is a part of the publication CDC HIV/Hepatitis/STD/TB Prevention News Update.