Increasing Funding to End the HIV and Viral Hepatitis Epidemics

By Oscar Mairena and Emily McCloskey, Managers of Policy & Legislative Affairs

­­­­­President's FY2014 BudgetAs we begin to see the effects of the sequester on public health programs nationwide, it becomes increasingly clear that we must increase funding for HIV and viral hepatitis programs in FY2014 and onward in order to truly end these epidemics and improve the nation’s health. In light of this need, NASTAD has released fact sheets with recommendations for FY2014 health department HIV/AIDS and viral hepatitis program funding at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA). Continue reading

NASTAD Releases Module Two of the 2013 National AIDS Drug Assistance Program (ADAP) Monitoring Project Report

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: April 2, 2013
Contact:
Meico Whitlock, 202-434-8094, www.NASTAD.org

ADAP Enrolling and Serving More Clients than Ever Before; Future Funding Uncertain

Download the 2013 National AIDS Drug Assistance Program (ADAP) Monitoring Project Annual Report (Module 2) (PDF)

Please contact Meico Whitlock (202-434-8094) for an interview about the report.

2013 NASTAD NAMP ReportWashington, DC – Today, the National Alliance of State and Territorial AIDS Directors (NASTAD) released the second and final 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.

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Lessons Learned in AIDS Drug Assistance Program (ADAP) Efficiency and Program Management

By Britten Pund, Senior Manager, Health Care Access, NASTAD

ADAP Technical Assistance BriefsIn collaboration with the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) and as a component of our HRSA Cooperative Agreement, NASTAD is releasing a set of videos related to AIDS Drug Assistance Program (ADAP) efficiency and program management. These videos are a companion to the ADAP Technical Assistance (TA) brief series released in winter 2012. Throughout the course of the past year, NASTAD compiled lessons learned from ADAP coordinators on a variety of topics including the use of data, implementation of cost-containment measures, challenges and successes in managing an ADAP, and advice for working within the program. The videos being released today address how to use data in ADAP to better serve clients and lessons ADAPs have learned in the process of implementing cost-containment measures in their state. Continue reading

Restoring Federal Emergency Relief Funding for HIV/AIDS Programs

By Emily McCloskey, Manager, Policy and Legislative Affairs, NASTAD

Sign on LetterThe HIV/AIDS community is organizing a sign-on letter to the President urging him to immediately redirect $35 million to the state AIDS Drug Assistance Programs (ADAPs) and $10 million to Ryan White Part C programs in FY2013 in order to ensure continuation of care and treatment for thousands of people living with HIV/AIDS.  This funding was not included in the Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act, 2013, a continuing resolution (CR) that will fund the federal government for the rest of FY2013. Continue reading

Call in Day to Support ADAP and Ryan White Part C Emergency Relief Funding

By Emily McCloskey, Manager, Policy and Legislative Affairs, NASTAD

Call in Day to Support ADAP and Ryan White Part C Emergency Relief FundingACTION: 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