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San Francisco
group praises ADAP proposal

San Francisco
group praises ADAP proposal

The San Francisco AIDS Foundation is praising California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger's proposed fiscal 2006-2007 budget for its inclusion of $28.5 million in additional funding for the state's AIDS Drug Assistance Program. The total cost of California's ADAP in 2006-2007 will be $296.4 million, of which $107.6 million will come from state funds. California's ADAP services about 31,600 low-income HIV-positive state residents.

"In addition to being medically necessary, the governor's support for ADAP is pragmatic," says Dana Van Gorder, director of state and local affairs for the foundation, in a press statement. "Money spent on medications to keep people living with HIV and AIDS healthy ultimately saves the state enormous sums in acute health care costs and helps to prevent new cases of HIV infection."

Van Gorder said that advocates are calling on the governor and legislature to extend a one-time increase of $5.6 million to HIV prevention programs approved in the 2005-2006 budget and allocate $5 million to strengthen programs to treat and prevent the use of crystal methamphetamine, which has been linked with new cases of HIV infection among gay men. Additionally, advocates are requesting that the state allocate $1 million to pay insurance premiums for low-income Californians who might not otherwise be able to afford to take medications as a result of the new Medicare Part D program. (

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