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A Florida House of Representatives Health subcommittee meeting reportĀ (.pdf) released Wednesday includes updated information about the stateā€™s AIDS Drug Assistance Program, which has the longest waiting listĀ (.pdf) in the U.S.

The AIDS Drug Assistance Program (known asĀ ADAP) provides medications for the treatment of HIV and AIDS for people who cannot afford to pay because they are unemployed, uninsured or underinsured. It has been in a funding crisis since last year.

According to the update delivered by Tom Liberti, chief of Floridaā€™s Bureau of HIV/AIDS, ā€œas of October 17, 2011, 3,345 applicants remain on theĀ ADAP waiting list,ā€ aĀ cost containment measure that, along with a reduced prescription list, was implemented by FloridaĀ in 2010.

The update offered by Liberti indicates that, ā€œbased on new funding fromā€ the Health Resources and Services Administration, ā€œthe ADAP will be able to serve its existing clients and enroll and serve anĀ additional 1,500 applicants from the ADAP waiting list.ā€

The report also adds that:

  • Currently, Floridaā€™s ADAP has removed 836 from the waiting list and is now serving an estimated 9,091Ā clients.
  • The ADAP Ryan White earmark was increased by $1Ā million from the previous yearā€™s funding, for a total ofĀ $86.2 million.
  • The program received $6.6 million in ADAPĀ supplemental dollars,Ā $1,077,279 in Part B Supplemental dollars andĀ $6.9 million in ADAP Emergency Relief Funding.
  • The bureau redirected an additional $1 million in GeneralĀ Revenue for ADAP services for a total of $10.5 million.
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