Bay Area Reporter (San Francisco) (01.12.12) - Friday,
San Francisco officials are hoping to use city funds to
backfill federal cuts to local Ryan White care and treatment
services. And at the state level, advocates are concerned
about changes Gov. Jerry Brown is proposing for California's
AIDS Drug Assistance Program (ADAP).
San Francisco was awarded $25 million for HIV care and
treatment services covering the period of March 2012-February
2013, but $5 million was cut by Congress in its most recent
budget bill. If approved, the $1.8 million in city
supplemental funds would replace the reduced funds only
through the fiscal year ending June 30.
Mayor Ed Lee called the Ryan White shortfall "a very serious
challenge," and he lauded US House Minority Leader Nancy
Pelosi's (D-Calif.) support for the program in Congress over
the years. "It's our turn to step up when Congress has not
been able to meet that task," he said.
The resolution will not be voted on for about a month, said
Supervisor Scott Wiener, whose district includes the heavily
gay Castro neighborhood. Others supporting the resolution at a
press conference included Supervisor David Campos and newly
appointed Supervisor Christina Olague. Weiner, who is a member
of the board's budget committee, said backfilling the cut "is
going to be my top priority."
In the proposed 2012-13 state budget released on Jan. 5, Gov.
Brown suggests saving $14.5 million by increasing ADAP
clients' cost-sharing "to the maximum percentage allowable
under state law." The summary predicts some savings from
people leaving the program "because their cost-sharing
obligation will exceed their private insurance out-of-pocket
costs." Average monthly co-pays could range from $28 to $358,
depending on income. Final budget approval is months away.