Thousands on HIV Drugs Desperate Amid Budget Woes
December 20, 2010
The recession has driven more patients to seek help from AIDS Drug Assistance Programs, and many states have been unable to meet the demand for ADAP services. As a result, thousands of HIV patients are left with uncertain access to treatment.
In nine states, at least 4,732 people were on ADAP waiting lists as of Dec. 16, according to the National Alliance of State & Territorial AIDS Directors. At least 19 states have taken measures such as capping enrollment, dropping patients under newly lowered income limits, creating waiting lists, and dropping coverage of certain drugs or tests. In five states, more than 300 people lost ADAP coverage this year under recently lowered income limits. By February, hundreds more could be dropped under state plans, NASTAD says.
12.16.2010; Michelle R. Smith
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