$25 Million for ADAP Crisis: "A Temporary Band-Aid"
NMAC's Executive Director, Paul Kawata, Says, "This Is a Step in the Right Direction ... but the Situation Needs a Long-Term Solution"
July 9, 2010
Washington, DC -- Paul Kawata, Executive Director of the National Minority AIDS Council (NMAC) responds to the Administration's re-allocation of $25 million to deal with the growing number of individuals on the AIDS Drug Assistance Plan (ADAP) waiting lists:
"It is evident by today's announcement that the Obama Administration is making a concerted effort to deal with the growing ADAP crisis. The fact that HHS has re-allocated $25 million to deal with this problem is undoubtedly a sign of good faith and a step in the right direction. Any new money that can get life-saving medicines in the hands of people living with HIV/AIDS is certainly welcome and much needed.
"However, our fear is that this is simply a temporary band-aid for a situation that needs a long-term solution. This waiting list crisis is not new -- and it will continue to worsen if we don't address the issues at its root. If we fail to allocate the necessary resources to deal with this challenge once and for all, we will continue to fall short of helping the very people who need it most."
As of July 1 of this year, 2,090 individuals were on ADAP waiting lists throughout the country, as follows:
Florida: 523 individuals
From the National Alliance of State and Territorial AIDS Directors.
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This article was provided by National Minority AIDS Council. Visit NMAC's website to find out more about their activities, publications and services.
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