Policy & Politics
Arkansas Governor Will Not Use Discretionary Funding to Supplement ADAP Budget
October 19, 2004
Arkansas Gov. Mick Huckabee (R) has decided against using any of his discretionary funds to help the state's AIDS Drug Assistance Program, which expects a $160,000 budget shortfall between now and March 31, 2005, the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reports (Smith, Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, 10/16). ADAPs are federal- and state-funded programs that provide HIV/AIDS-related medications to low-income, uninsured and underinsured HIV-positive individuals. In 2002, Arkansas received $4.4 million in federal ADAP funding to eliminate its waiting list, but the funds ran out, and the state began making cuts. The program in April placed a cap on the number of people it could serve and instituted a waiting list soon after. In addition, the Arkansas Department of Health announced last month that it would drop two medications from ADAP's drug formulary to maintain the program for currently enrolled patients. Eric Camp, an AIDS advocate and member of the committee that recommended the cuts to the health department, had recommended to Huckabee that he use some of the $500,000 in discretionary funding the governor receives annually (Kaiser Daily HIV/AIDS Report, 9/17). However, Chris Pyle -- Huckabee's health and human services policy adviser -- in a letter to Camp dated Oct. 5 said that Huckabee had decided against using the discretionary funding, adding that the governor "does not have access to enough money to substantially benefit the ADAP program."
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