Fifteen State ADAPs Have Waiting Lists, Access Restrictions, NASTAD Says
Fifteen states as of this month have waiting lists or access restrictions on their AIDS Drug Assistance Programs, according to the latest "ADAP Watch" released on Thursday by the National Alliance of State and Territorial AIDS Directors, according to a NASTAD press release (NASTAD release, 1/22). ADAPs -- which are funded with both state and federal funds -- provide HIV/AIDS-related medications to low-income, uninsured and underinsured HIV-positive individuals(Kaiser Daily HIV/AIDS Report, 1/13). According to the "ADAP Watch," Alabama, Alaska, Arkansas, Colorado, Idaho, Indiana, Kentucky, Montana, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Oregon, South Dakota, Washington, West Virginia and Wyoming have waiting lists and/or access restrictions. Currently, 791 people are on waiting lists for enrollment in ADAP programs. According to NASTAD, Alabama, Alaska and New Hampshire are anticipating new or additional restrictions in fiscal year 2003, which ends March 31, 2004 for ADAPs. Alabama, Montana, New Hampshire, New Mexico, Oklahoma, South Carolina and Texas also are expecting new restrictions in FY 2004, according to the "ADAP Watch" (NASTAD release, 1/22).This is part of the KHN Morning Briefing, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription.