Florida Independent (02.27.12) - Tuesday, February 28, 2012
Advocates are pressing Florida lawmakers to secure additional
funding for the state AIDS Drug Assistance Program. As of Feb.
23, Florida's ADAP had 1,085 people on its waiting list, the
most for any state ADAP in the nation, according to the
National Alliance of State & Territorial AIDS Directors. "The
Florida Senate's budget proposes an increase for Florida's
ADAP program, but currently there are no recommendations for
similar increases from the Florida House of Representatives,"
noted the Florida HIV/AIDS Advocacy Network. In response, the
network is seeking "to gain support among House members to
join the Florida Senate and work together to eliminate the
waiting list for Florida ADAP." Of those on the waiting list
in mid-February, almost half resided in Broward and Miami-Dade
counties, according to the state Bureau of HIV/AIDS. While
Gov. Rick Scott did not propose additional ADAP funding for
2012-13, his office said "he is looking at the whole program
with the goal of reducing unnecessary administrative costs and
making it operate more efficiently so that more people can be
served with the funds we already have."