August 1, 2011

August 1, 2011
Action Alert - Help Florida ADAP


Welcome to another day in my life. Today is Monday and I hope you had a safe and great weekend. It is another busy week for Dab the AIDS Bear and me as we continue to work on ADAP issues.

Today, you have an opportunity to help! Dab the AIDS Bear and I are asking all our friends to sign a petition which will be sent to our Governor Scott in Tallahassee concerning the Florida ADAP crisis.

Tell Florida Governor Soctt to reduce the income requirements for the state's AIDS Drug Assistance Program. To sign the petition go to: http://www.change.org/petitions/tell-florida-governor-reduce-the-income-requirements-for-the-states-aids-drug-assistance-program

The petition you will be signing reads as follows:

Reduce The Income Requirements For The State's AIDS Drug Assistance Program

Greetings,

I just signed the following petition addressed to: Florida Governor.

---------------- Tell Florida Governor: Reduce The Income Requirements For The State's AIDS Drug Assistance Program

If Governor Scott slashes health programs with possible eligibility cuts from the states budget. Florida's AIDS Drug Assistance Program will be in crisis.

Florida Governor Rick Scott and The Florida Department of Health want’s to reduce eligibility to Florida's AIDS Drug Assistance Program also known as ADAP. If this measure is approved, the eligibility reduction for Florida residence that receive AIDS treatment will not qualify for drugs and would not be financially capable of affording medicine instead being forcing to discontinue all HIV treatment.

Florida residents living with HIV and AIDS could have a difficult time getting lifesaving medication if the state amends who will be eligible for free assistance. The Florida Department of Health want’s to reduce eligibility from 400 percent of the federal poverty level to 200 percent.

Florida has more than 9,600 people statewide currently permitted medication through the state's AIDS Drug Assistance Program (ADAP) based on income eligibility, but 3,800 people are on a waiting list, according to the Florida Department of Health's Bureau of HIV/AIDS and Hepatitis.

Florida is slashing state budgets to reduce its deficit. The budget cutting is hitting nearly all facets of the lower class which includes the AIDS Drug Assistance Program.

With approximately 8,000 people on ADAP waiting lists nationwide and 3,800 of those in Florida alone, the need is important. If the governor and the state have their way by reducing the eligibility to ADAP, this would limit the number of people gaining access to services and puts lives at risk which will hurt those in need."

Governor Scott and state officials are considering making income eligibility requirements more severe making Florida residence not being able to get the AIDS/HIV treatment. Florida already has the longest waiting list in the nation for people seeking to receive their HIV/AIDS medication through federal funds that subsidize the AIDS assistance program as the government has already contributed nearly $85 million of the federal grant money now available for the program.

If Governor Scott and state legislators approve reduced eligibility for AIDS Drug Assistance Program, anybody above 200 percent of the federal poverty level will have to go off their treatments, causing drug resistance as changes to the program at the state level will dramatically impact and harm programs across the Sunshine state.

Sir Elton John and David Furnish, the Founder and Chairman of the Elton John AIDS Foundation (EJAF), has petition and forwarded a letter to the governor of Florida, Rick Scott, “calling on him to rescind his administration's proposal that would strip medication from thousands of low-income Floridians living with HIV/AIDS.”

“EJAF remains deeply concerned about this crucial HIV/AIDS public policy decision being made in the State of Florida. To all of our donors, friends, and constituents, we pledge to continue working tirelessly for a responsible and compassionate resolution to this issue.”

To all citizens that oppose Governor Scott, the Florida State legislation and the Florida Department of Health's Bureau of HIV/AIDS proposal to reduce eligibility for HIV/AIDS patients. Please sign this petition in preventing Governor Scott and the Florida legislation from removing themselves from taking care of their citizens preventing a crisis.

Please sign this petition.

Sincerely,

[Your name]

So please go to the link at the start of the blog, sign the petition and help save the lives of Floridian men and women living with HIV and AIDS.

Until we meet again; here's wishing you health, hope, happiness and just enough.

big bear hug,



Daddy Dab