Va. makes cuts to AIDS drug program
The Virginia Department of Health says that it’s been forced to close new enrollment into its AIDS Drug Assistance Program, which provides HIV-related medication for low-income people.
The department also reduced the number of drugs the program covers. Virginia funds 14 percent of the $21.6 million program; the federal government covers the vast majority.
The Roanoke Times reports that Health Commissioner Karen Remley wrote in a December letter that ADAP won’t be able to keep pace with demand. State figures show that about 4,200 Virginians used ADAP last year.
Health officials say the number of Virginians living with HIV has increased 44 percent since 2000. About 64 percent lack health insurance, which would cover their treatments and medications.
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