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Republicans to the Rescue? New ADAP Bill Introduced in U.S. Senate

December 7, 2010

Will the Dems step in to save ADAPs too?

Will the Dems step in to save ADAPs too?

Two Senate Republicans have introduced a bill that would pump $101 million in unobligated discretionary stimulus funding into the nation's cash-starved AIDS Drug Assistance Programs.

This could mean that our ADAPs might -- just might -- get some relief before Congress leaves town this year.

The text of the bill (S.4006) has yet to be posted (we'll do that as soon as it's available). But here are the details from David Ward at N.C. Sen. Richard Burr's office:

The bill is sponsored by Burr and co-sponsored by Oklahama Sen. Tom Coburn. (A recent error in Congressional Quarterly said the bill was co-sponsored by Illinois Democrat Richard Durbin -- that's not the case). It's nearly identical to S.3401, which was introduced in May but has languished in the Senate health committee since.

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While the old bill proposed shifting $126 to ADAPs, the new bill's $101 million proposal subtracts the $25 million the president funneled into ADAPs earlier this year.

"The ADAP situation is so dire that any money can only help," said Bill Arnold of the Community Access National Network, which seeks to improve access to medical services for those living with HIV and HCV. "So yes, any movement to help ADAP is a big deal. Now we have to see how much help, how quickly, and what can be agreed on by both chambers. If [Congress] really want[s] to leave town by December 18, it can't drag on much longer."

The nation's ADAPs provide lifesaving medications to low and mid-income underinsured people living with HIV. In the past year, many states have stopped accepting individuals to their programs, and the national wait list to receive medication via ADAP has rocketed to 4,369 individuals in nine states. Seventy-eight of those individuals live in Burr's North Carolina. Nearly two dozen other states have implemented devastating cost-saving measures, knocking an untold number of individuals from their programs.

Update Dec. 10, 2010: The bill text is now available. See below.

S 4006



  
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2014 National ADAP Monitoring Project Annual Report (PDF)
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Comment by: Will (Texas) Tue., Dec. 28, 2010 at 2:08 pm EST
My experience has been that ADAP in states that are conservative treat you much better. I was rejected in New York because I had just returned from overseas and was looking for a job; the ADAP clinic I went to said that since I was looking for a job anywhere in the U.S., they couldn't predict I would be around even in a month's time, so they didn't want to put in the program; said it would take a month just to get a doctor's appointment. I was down to 2 weeks of meds and desperate; they knew this and they still showed me the door. A friend of mine living in Texas told me things were better there. I Greyhounded there and the very first day I was there, without even an appt., I walked into a Public Health office's ADAP clinic and within an hour, I left with a month's supply of meds and an appointment. For three months,they treated me better than I get treated even now when I have good insurance and a regular doctor. And not just my HIV issues; they treated my acne, sent me to a dentist for a bad tooth, updated my immunizations.
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Comment by: Ramon (Orlando, FL) Mon., Dec. 27, 2010 at 11:46 am EST
Did the ADAP funding bill pass? TYIA.
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Comment by: Jeff (Grand Rapids, MI) Thu., Dec. 16, 2010 at 4:38 pm EST
I hope the Republicans will get some credit for trying to restore funding to this program. We seem to have money for all kinds of wasteful spending. Money to help people receive life saving medication should be a top priority regardless of political party.
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