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Posted at 9:26 AM ET, 01/10/2011

Va. makes cuts to AIDS drug program

By Associated Press

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.

By Associated Press  | January 10, 2011; 9:26 AM ET
Categories:  Virginia  
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This is complete BS! Do you know how many people need aids meds!!! Why won't Obama help!

Alicia Rambran
Hoboken, NJ

Posted by: aliciarambran | January 10, 2011 12:38 PM | Report abuse

This is how McDonnell is going to pay for roadwork.

Posted by: jckdoors | January 10, 2011 2:45 PM | Report abuse

Ms. Rambran,

If you read the article, you will see it states that the Federal government covers the vast majority of drug assistance costs for people with HIV/AIDS. It is the Commonwealth of Virginia that is making these cuts. Don't blame Obama.

Posted by: carlaclaws | January 10, 2011 3:05 PM | Report abuse

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