NPR’s ‘Weekend Edition Saturday’ Reports on Financial Difficulties of State AIDS Drug Assistance Programs
NPR's "Weekend Edition Saturday" reported on the financial difficulties facing state AIDS Drug Assistance Programs, which provide antiretroviral drugs to HIV/AIDS patients who cannot afford the medicines. According to NPR, the CDC estimates that at least 100,000 HIV-positive U.S. residents are not receiving medication because federal and state funding for ADAPs has "not kept pace with need." Most states are "in a major fiscal crisis" and ADAPs are "overwhelmed" because the drugs are expensive and helping patients to live longer, NPR reports. The segment includes comments from Bill Arnold, executive director of the ADAP Working Group (Wilson, "Weekend Edition Saturday," NPR, 4/26). The full segment is available online in RealPlayer.This is part of the KHN Morning Briefing, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription.