January 19, 2010

January 19, 2010
ADAP Waiting Lists Grow 1000 Percent

Welcome to another day in my life. Today is Tuesday and the start of another beautiful day here in South Florida. I hope you had a safe and great start to your week.

If you have been reading my blog daily like many of you do, you know I have been mainly been resting due to recent health problems. It is another warm and gorgeous day here in south Florida. But I know I need to get to work on getting what I have already brought down settled and put away before I have to get the rest of the stuff from my place in Jacksonville in a couple of weeks. The trip will be very sad for me having to say "until we meet again" to so many great friends.

But I need to speak to you about something even sadder which is the astronomical increase of the number of American men and women on ADAP (AIDS Drug Assistance Program) waiting lists.

The number of men and women on the ADAP waiting lists from 2009 until now has gone up 1000 percent! Yep, 1000 percent!

Will we break the standing 2004 record for ADAP Waiting lists which eventually totaled 1,629 people? There were deaths in several of the states with waiting lists.

The most up to date situation is:

540 total individuals in 9 states; Arkansas: 11 individuals; Iowa: 34 individuals; Kentucky: 140 individuals; Montana: 20 individuals; Nebraska: 27 individuals; South Dakota: 20 individuals; Tennessee 209 individuals; Utah : 65 individuals and Wyoming: 14 individuals.

We will be monitoring the situation in the following states who are expecting to start waiting lists, or institute “cost containment measure, which will restrict access prior to March 31, 2010 or shortly thereafter: Arizona, Arkansas, California, Hawaii, Idaho, Iowa, Ohio, Indiana, Mississippi, Missouri, North Dakota, Washington

(All data compiled from NASTAD.org and State ADAP Directors)

AIDS Drug Assistance Programs (ADAPs) are in a state of emergency. In the past year we have witnessed an exponential growth in ADAP waiting lists. According to the National Alliance for State and Territorial AIDS Directors, wait lists have increased ten fold since the beginning of 2009. The $167 million in state budget cuts to AIDS programs has truly shaken ADAPs nation wide. In 2000, Congress appropriated 72% of the federal ADAP earmark; a portion which decreased to 54% in 2009. This severe drop in the federal commitment to ADAP, in addition to state budget crises, has largely been the catalyst for the most recent spike in HIV patients placed on wait lists.

Individuals on ADAP Waiting List as officially reported since January 1, 2009 to January 15, 2010.

Now I know I have spoken about the ADAP Waiting Lists several times since starting this blog a few years ago. But I just think it is wrong for us to be giving all we do to other countries but not taking care of our own citizens!

Those are my thoughts. What about yours? Drop me a line and let me know.

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

big bear hug,

Daddy Dab