Michael Emanuel Rajner

President's Advisory Council to discuss growing ADAP Crisis

Filed By Michael Emanuel Rajner | June 29, 2010 8:30 AM | comments

Filed in: Living
Tags: ADAP, HIV/AIDS, PACHA, President Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS

On Tuesday, June 29, 2010, from 4:00PM to 5:00PM, the President's Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS will be meeting via conference call to discuss the ongoing crisis with AIDS Drug Assistance Programs (ADAPs). prescription_bottle.jpgThis meeting will be open to the public. You can participate by using the call-in information after the jump.

Members of the public have the opportunity to provide comments. To do so, submit your comments in writing to Melvin Joppy, Committee Manager, by close of business on Wednesday, June 30, 2010.

According to the National Alliance of State & Territorial AIDS Directors (NASTAD), as of June 24, 2010, 1,840 individuals in 11 states are on an ADAP wait list for lifesaving medications.

Florida: 361 individuals (Florida implemented a list on June 1, 2010)
Hawaii: 9 individuals
Idaho: 26 individuals
Iowa: 26 individuals
Kentucky: 189 individuals
Louisiana: 59 individuals*
Montana: 21 individuals
North Carolina: 769 individuals
South Carolina: 175 individuals
South Dakota: 22 individuals
Utah: 112 individuals

*Louisiana has a capped enrollment on their program. This number is a representation of their current unmet need.

Several states have implemented cost containment measures that include a reduction in the ADAP formulary, capped enrollment, lowering of eligibility requirements, client cost sharing, and in California, the proposal to elimination of ADAP services in city and county jails.

PACHA was established by Executive Order 12963, dated June 14, 1995 as amended by Executive Order 13009, dated June 14, 1996. The Council was established to provide advice, information, and recommendations to the Secretary regarding programs and policies intended to (a) promote effective prevention of HIV disease, (b) advance research on HIV and AIDS, and (c) promote quality services to persons living with HIV disease and AIDS. PACHA was established to serve solely as an advisory body to the Secretary of Health and Human Services.

Here's how to join the conference call:

Domestic: 1-888-455-2653
International: 1-210-839-8485
Access Code: 158777

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I can't join the call, Michael. Will you be on it and reporting back to us?

Yes Bil, I will be on the call and writing up a blog on the PACHA meeting.