By Emily McCloskey, Manager, Policy and Legislative Affairs, NASTAD
ACTION: Tell Senators Reid, Mikulski and Shelby to continue critical HIV funding in the FY 13 funding bill.
The $35 million for ADAP Emergency Relief Funding (ERF) awards and $10 million for Ryan White Part C, that President Obama announced on World AIDS Day 2011, is not currently included in the Continuing Resolution (CR) being considered by the Senate that will fund the government for the remainder of FY2013. This funding is currently awarded to 14 states and one territory (AL, AK, CA, CO, FL, GA, IL, MT, NE, NJ, SD, TN, WA, WI, VI). If this anomaly is not corrected, this funding will not be available for states and Part C clinics during FY2013. If funds aren’t restored, it could lead to an estimated 7,920 clients being removed from ADAP and many Part C funded HIV clinics reducing services and closing their doors to new patients. Continue reading
By Terrance Moore, Director of Policy and Health Equity, NASTAD
Editor’s Note: Since the publishing of the post below, sequestration has begun to take effect. While the cuts technically start March 1, the true effects of the cuts will not be felt until FY2013 funding is resolved. The federal government is currently funded under a continuing resolution until March 27. Sequestration’s effects will not be felt until final funding awards are made after March 27.
Today, we released a fact sheet on the devastating impact of sequestration on the AIDS Drug Assistance Program (ADAP). Sequestration, the automatic across-the-board spending cuts, originally created in the Budget Control Act of 2011, is currently scheduled to take place tomorrow, March 1. Sequestration will result in up to 15,000 clients losing access to life-saving medications they receive via ADAP. Up to half of the people that will be disenrolled live in the South, which as of 2010 accounted for 45 percent of all new AIDS diagnoses in the U.S. Continue reading
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: January 16, 2013
Contact: Meico Whitlock, 202-434-8094, www.NASTAD.org
ADAP Continues to Grow and Meet Unprecedented Need in a Tough Economic Climate
Washington, DC – Today, the National Alliance of State and Territorial AIDS Directors (NASTAD) released the first module of its 2013 National ADAP Monitoring Project Annual Report. The National ADAP Monitoring Project is NASTAD’s long-standing effort to document new developments and challenges facing AIDS Drug Assistance Programs (ADAPs), assessing key trends over time, and providing the latest available data on the status of ADAPs. For the last 18 years, NASTAD has provided comprehensive analysis about ADAPs through the Report. Continue reading
By Christopher Cannon, Manager, Health Care Access
As part of a technical assistance (TA) cooperative agreement with the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), NASTAD is releasing its revised four-part series of TA briefs focused on AIDS Drug Assistance Programs (ADAP) and cost containment strategies. The series topics include: Eligibility Criteria, Formulary and Utilization Management, Waiting List Management, and Coordination of Benefits. The original series produced in 2008 has been a critical set of tools to help support ADAPs facing many programmatic and fiscal management issues during the economic recession beginning in 2009. With continued fiscal challenges being faced by many ADAPs around the country, NASTAD has updated these briefs to reflect the current environment.