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Sixteen state ADAPs now have access restrictions

Sixteen state ADAPs now have access restrictions

A report released Monday on the financial status of the nation's AIDS Drug Assistance Programs shows that 16 states now have implemented access restrictions to the antiretroviral drug programs because of budget shortfalls. The report, prepared by the National Alliance of State and Territorial AIDS Directors, shows that 679 low-income HIV-positive people around the country are currently on ADAP waiting lists to gain access to free or cheap anti-HIV medications. In West Virginia this year, three people died of AIDS-related complications while waiting for access to the state's ADAP. The report says that an additional $214 million will be needed in fiscal 2004 to remove all of the current access restrictions on ADAPs and to prevent other states from reducing the number of drugs provided, tightening financial eligibility requirements, or implementing new waiting lists. However, the Senate voted to boost ADAP spending by only $38.9 million in 2004, while the House approved just a $24.7 million funding increase.

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