California Budget Talks Stall but ADAP Pharmacy Benefit Remains
March 29, 2011
As the state Legislature struggles to balance the 2011-12 budget, some positive news emerged on the prospects for the AIDS Drug Assistance Program. Gov. Jerry Brown's budget proposal would have required co-pays from ADAP participants, a move that would raise $17 million. But that item is not being considered by lawmakers, said Sen. Mark Leno (D-San Francisco), chair of the Senate Budget Committee.
Projected revenues for the 2011-12 budget have fallen from $125 billion to $85 billion. Brown wants to be able to field a special election measure that would extend a number of taxes, with about $14 billion at stake. However, Brown has been unable to find two Republican members needed from each house to go along with the ballot measure. To balance the budget, cuts could total more than $26 billion, said a Brown spokesperson.
Bay Area Reporter (San Francisco)
03.24.2011; Matthew S. Bajko
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