(Jan 08, 2010) &emdash; In the preliminary state budget released today, Governor Schwarzenegger committed additional state funds for the AIDS Drug Assistance Program (ADAP), a cornerstone of California’s public health effort to fight HIV/AIDS.
As you know, ADAP is a program of last resort for uninsured and underinsured people with HIV/AIDS. Without it, more than 34,000 Californians would have no where else to turn for their medications and would be at risk for getting sick or dying. In his proposed 2010-11 budget, the Governor has committed to providing $87.5 million additional general fund support for this lifesaving program.
This is an important early victory in statewide efforts to ensure access to HIV/AIDS treatment for everyone who needs it. It is the result of advocacy work led by San Francisco AIDS Foundation and other HIV/AIDS service organizations to persuade the Governor to preserve ADAP back when we anticipated a budget shortfall of approximately $100 million and the program was in jeopardy.
But we’re not out of the woods yet -- there's more work ahead. Specifically:
We will continue to work collaboratively with state and local officials and our colleagues in the HIV/AIDS community to ensure adequate statewide funding for the fight against HIV/AIDS.
About San Francisco AIDS Foundation: The San Francisco AIDS Foundation provides leadership to prevent new HIV infections. Linking community experience with science, the Foundation develops ground-breaking prevention programs and bold policy initiatives to promote health and create sustainable progress against HIV. Established in 1982, the Foundation refuses to accept that HIV transmission is inevitable.
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