AIDS Drug Assistance.
Waiting lists and cost-containment measures continue to be a fact
of life at the state and territorial AIDS Drug Assistance Programs
(ADAPs) that serve as the primary drug safety net for individuals with
HIV/AIDS, according to the National ADAP Monitoring Project annual
report. As of February 2006, ADAPs in nine states had waiting lists
totaling 791 individuals. The national ADAP budget was $1.3 billion in
fiscal year 2005 and is spent almost entirely on direct client services
for the more than 134,000 individuals enrolled across the country. The
number of people on the waiting lists varies over time, but waiting
lists have been in place in some states for several months, or even
years. Bimonthly surveys conducted between July 2002 and February 2006
show that 12 ADAPs had waiting lists in 10 or more of the survey
periods. The annual report is prepared by the Kaiser Family Foundation and the National Alliance of State and Territorial AIDS Directors.