Alex Blaze

Virginia freezes ADAP enrollment

Filed By Alex Blaze | January 11, 2011 7:00 PM | comments

Filed in: Politics
Tags: ADAP, HIV/AIDS, medical, money, recession, spending, spending cuts, stimulus

Virginia announced that they're freezing enrollment in the state's ADAP program,adap.jpg a move that'll keep most people to be diagnosed with HIV/AIDS from being added to the medication program and will move a bunch of people already in the program to waiting lists:

An estimated 760 of the Virginia patients with more stable immune systems will transition from the state's AIDS Drug Assistance Program to a waiting list in the next few months because they don't meet the scaled-back eligibility requirements. Another 400 new clients a year who would have qualified will also be placed on the waiting list, according to estimates.

State officials say that these people will be able to get their medications paid through other programs, like Medicaid and assistance from drug companies. If they meet the eligibility requirements of those other programs, of course.

On the other side of the country, Jerry Brown announced budget cuts for California. While other state medical programs will be cut, ADAP was spared the cleaver.

All this while the federal government should be spending more for the sake of the economy but refuses to do so at a level commiserate with the problem, mainly for ideological reasons. So instead we get a deal that will increase unemployment benefits for a few months, lauded as "stimulative," while states tighten their belts and effectively counteract federal stimulus.

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