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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.

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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.

Savings to avoid the ADAP co-pay were realized by making changes to the state's pharmacy benefit manager contract and federal Ryan White increases, Leno said.

"ADAP wasn't going to work and we told [Brown] so," Leno said. "We found money to prevent that from happening. There will be no co-pays. The total ADAP budget will grow in the 2011-12 budget year due to increases of drug costs and caseload."

Nonetheless, Democrats may have no alternative to cutting some social programs, Leno said. "A full third of our revenue has just evaporated as a result of the international fiscal crisis," he noted. "When a third of your revenue disappears, there is going to be a serious contraction."

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Adapted from:
Bay Area Reporter (San Francisco)
03.24.2011; Matthew S. Bajko


  
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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.
 
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