49 People on Idaho's ADAP Waiting List; Federal Grant Money Almost Exhausted, State Health Official Says
April 28, 2005
Idaho's AIDS Drug Assistance Program had 49 HIV-positive people on its waiting list at the end of March, and the state's share of a one-time, $20 million federal initiative used to buy drugs for those patients is expected to run out in September, according to Idaho Department of Health & Welfare STD/AIDS Program Manager Anne Williamson, the AP/San Jose Mercury News reports (Boone, AP/San Jose Mercury News, 4/27). ADAPs are federal- and state-funded programs that provide HIV/AIDS-related medications to low-income, uninsured and underinsured HIV-positive individuals. According to the "National ADAP Monitoring Project 2005 Annual Report" -- released earlier this month by the Kaiser Family Foundation and the National Alliance of State and Territorial AIDS Directors -- 11 states have ADAP waiting lists. In June 2004, the federal government made available an additional $20 million in ADAP funding to purchase medication for patients on the waiting lists of 10 states, including Idaho (Kaiser Daily HIV/AIDS Report, 4/21). The funding gave temporary access to antiretroviral drugs to 41 of the 49 HIV-positive people on Idaho's waiting list, but the money will run out in September, Williamson said.
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