Sen. Bill Nelson, D-Fla., has sent letters to both Gov. Rick Scott and President Barack Obama to call their attention to the funding problems faced by Florida’s AIDS Drug Assistance Program. #
In his letter to Scott (available below), Nelson called on the governor to use his authority “to help some 10,000 individuals who depend on public assistance because they cannot afford life-sustaining AIDS drugs.” #
Late last week, when Nelson’s letter was sent, a spokeswoman for the Scott’s office said that no action was needed from the governor at the time. The health department is working on an arrangement that will allow patients relying on the program to continue receiving medications after Feb. 10, when funds are set to run dry, and officials say they are close to a solution. #
In his letter to Obama, Nelson points out that Florida accounts for more than half of the patients on waiting lists nationwide for AIDS Drug Assistance Programs. #
The current crisis makes clear that current federal funding for the programs is inadequate, he writes, and calls on Obama to increase funding for the program in his upcoming budget proposal. #
In an attempt to make the business of bottled water a more mutually beneficial relationship between the corporations who withdraw millions of gallons of public water per day and the Floridians who currently see nothing in return beyond a $230 permitting fee, state Sen. Evelyn Lynn, R-Ormond Beach, has proposed legislation that will place a 6 percent tax on the product.
A statewide Prescription Drug Monitoring Program (aka E-FORCSE) will finally go live on Thursday. For supporters of the program, its implementation has been a long time coming, but is welcome in a state where prescription drug abuse has reached near-epidemic proportions.