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JUNE 23, 2017

THE HERO Stars Sam Elliott

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Lee Hayden is an aging Western icon with a golden voice, but his best performances are decades behind him. He spends his days reliving old glories and smoking too much weed with his former-co-star-turned-dealer, Jeremy, until a surprise cancer diagnosis brings his priorities into sharp focus. He soon strikes up an exciting, contentious relationship with stand-up comic Charlotte, and he attempts to reconnect with his estranged daughter, Lucy, all while searching for one final role to cement his legacy.


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Opened June 9th, 2017





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Florida ADAP

National Policy Office – Washington, D.C.: 202-835-8373

Program and Administrative Office – Tampa, FL: 813-258-5929


For Immediate Release: 04.30.12

Media Contacts: Ted Howard, 813.258.5929, thoward@theaidsinstitute.org


The AIDS Institute Praises Florida Governor Rick Scott and Florida Legislature for Taking Steps to Support AIDS Drug Assistance Program 

Will Help Alleviate Long Wait List to Receive Medications

Tampa, FL –The AIDS Institute applauds Florida Governor Rick Scott and the Florida legislature for increasing state funding to the Florida AIDS Drug Assistance Program (ADAP) as part of the 2012 state budget recently approved by the Legislature and signed by the Governor.

“This is an extraordinary step forward for the healthcare of Floridians living with HIV who do not have the means to pay for medications to keep them healthy and alive,” commented Michael Ruppal, Executive Director of The AIDS Institute.  “We thank both the Florida legislature and Governor Scott for supporting a program that saves lives, reduces medical costs and saves tax payer dollars.”
ADAP provides life-saving medications to treat low income people with HIV/AIDS who are underinsured or uninsured throughout the country. It is funded by a combination of federal and state funds, and rebates provided by pharmaceutical companies.
The program in Florida currently serves about 12,000 people.   Due to severe budget constraints and increased patient demand caused by people losing their jobs and health insurance during these tough economic times in Florida, the Florida ADAP program has had to institute wait lists for people to receive their medications.  At one point last year over 4,000 Floridians were on a wait list for this life-saving program.  Due in part to increased federal dollars that number has been reduced to 427.
The $2.5 million in recurring state general revenue funds for Florida ADAP should help reduce the current wait list even more and at the same time help meet the continued increase in new patients entering the program every month.
“It’s very satisfying to see our elected officials understand the value of this program. ADAP saves Florida millions more than it contributes because it keeps patients on their medications and off Medicaid.  ADAP patients can remain in Florida’s workforce and stay healthier. They are hospitalized less often, too,” said Jesse Fry, Co-chairman of Florida HIV/AIDS Advocacy Network, a program of The AIDS Institute.
“When a person is not receiving medications they run the risk of becoming sicker and often have to leave work and end up being disabled.  Then they go on Medicaid, which, in the end, costs the state more in treatment costs,” Fry added.
The AIDS Institute is pleased with this increase in program support and will work closely with the Florida Department of Health to ensure that the Florida ADAP program remains flexible to consumer and patient support and a viable safety net for those with the greatest need.

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ADAP Town Hall Meeting

 ADAP (AIDS Drug Assistance Program) Town Hall Meeting

Co-Sponsored by HRC

Monday, October 17
6:30 p.m.

The Pride Center at Equality Park
2040 N. Dixie Hwy.
Wilton Manors, FL 33305

AIDS Drug Assistance Program–Waiting List Awareness Day Community Panel Featuring:

-Paul Moore, ADAP Representative, Broward Co. Health Dept.
-Donna Sabatino, RN, ANAC Chapter President & Janssen Community Liaison
-Joey Wynn, Co-Chair, Florida AIDS Advocacy Network
-Anthony Johnson, Bringing Our Lives Together (B.O.L.T., HIV Centric Support Group)
-Dr. Sheetal (Beau) Sharma, MD, AAHIVM, Internal Medicine/HIV Medicine

-Moderated by Tracer Foster, Human Rights Campaign

This free event is designed to bring all organizations together to raise awareness of Florida’s ADAP program waiting list, and to help those people who may have fallen out of the “system” for HIV/AIDS care. The panel above will discuss their ideas for this crisis and discuss next steps to ensure no one gets sick during this difficult time. Anyone interested in learning how they can help should attend. Local legislators have been invited to give their feedback, along with the local media to cover the meeting. There is strength in numbers, please show up to provide your support…everyone who attends will have a chance to be heard.

For questions about this event, please email Tracerfoster@yahoo.com.


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CNN – ADAP Report

The following producer is doing a story on Florida ADAP and HIV in the South.  She is looking to speak with clients that have been directly impacted by the ADAP waiting list.  Please share this information with anyone you know that might be interested in contacting her.  They want to focus on the human toll the ADAP crisis has taken and its impact rather than getting the story lost in the numbers and dollars.

 Madison Park



ph: (404) 827-3622

fax: (404) 878-6866




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Dear Fellow Floridian,

At this very moment, you and a team of more than 60,000 citizens throughout Florida are being asked to send 2 personal emails to help save Florida’s HIV/AIDS programs.

It’s quick and easy, and you will help save lives! Just click below to send your personalized emails and letters:

1. Send a letter by May 6th to the Florida Department of Health, Bureau of HIV/AIDS to oppose reductions to the financial eligibility guidelines for HIV/AIDS program services in Florida (see attached PDF to illustrate impact of such proposed reduction on long-term costs).***
Click here to send your personalized message now!

2. Send a letter this week to your Florida legislators urging them to support continued funding for Florida HIV/AIDS care and treatment programs. By sending a message to your state Representative and Senator right now, you’ll greatly influence the decision makers that affect our lives and the lives of our friends and family.
Click here to send your personalized message now!

Nothing makes a bigger difference in building support for these critically important programs than staff and lawmakers hearing directly from Florida citizens and the voters in legislator’s districts. We know not everyone can make it to Tallahassee or your local community public hearings, but you can have a great impact by sending your email letter today! Please also consider printing your letter and mailing it.

Thank you for your support. Your emails and letters will help save and improve our lives.

Jesse Fry and Joey Wynn
Co-Chairs, Florida HIV/AIDS Advocacy Network

Please forward this e-mail to all your Florida friends!


*** For the proposed reductions to the financial eligibility guidelines for Florida’s HIV/AIDS services, in addition to your email and letter (#1 above), you can speak at your local Public Hearing next week. Summary of upcoming Department of Health’s Public Hearings:

MIAMI #1: May 3, 2011 (Tuesday), 12:00 Noon – 3:00 p.m.
PLACE: Kovens Conference Center, FIU, 3000 NE 151st Street, Miami, Florida 33181, http://kovens.fiu.edu/
FHAAN Executive Committee Regional Contact: Joey Wynn, jwynn@browardhouse.org, C: 954-604-9244.

TAMPA: May 4, 2011 (Wednesday), 9:00 a.m – 12:00 Noon
PLACE: Mary Martha House, Room 201-202, 717 S. Dale Mabry Highway, Tampa, Florida 33609
FHAAN Executive Committee Regional Contact: Ted Howard, THoward@theaidsinstitute.org, C: 813-817-6095.

MIAMI #2: May 9, 2011 (Monday), 1:00 pm – 4:00 p.m.
PLACE: History Miami (formerly known as Historical Museum of Southern Florida) 101 West Flagler Street Conference Rooms A-B-C (Basement) Miami, FL 33130
FHAAN Executive Committee Regional Contact: Joey Wynn, jwynn@browardhouse.org, C: 954-604-9244.
Note: Larry Osband is heading up the bus from Palm Beach to Miami hearing: osbandco@bellsouth.net, 561-582-9086.

For more information, see FHAAN’s publc hearings online resource center:

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Tuesday May 3, 2011 there will be a rally in Miami at noon at the

Kovens Conference Center
3000 NE 15th Street
Miami, FL 33181

The honorable Governor of Florida is proposing to lower ADAP funding by lowering the eligibility level of income from 400% to 200%. (400% is approximately $40,000 while 200% is $20,000/year). This will basically throw about 3,000 Floridians off ADAP. There will be 4 meetings held across the state to protest these cuts. Miami is the closest to us.

Buses will be provided on Tuesday by AHF Pharmacy to the Miami rally against ADAP cutbacks. Bring your letters to read at the meeting on how these cutbacks will effect you or your friends. Buses will be leaving from Broward House located on Andrews Ave, south of Oakland Park Blvd ( approximately around 28 Street ). Leaving at at 10:00 am & 10:30 am… Be there by 9:30 am & 10:00 am respectively to get on one of these buses. The meeting in Miami starts at noon !

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ADAP and NBC News

Dab Garner contacted Anthony from Bolt to let me know that NBC News Miami is doing a story on the ADAP waiting list and are looking for volunteers to participate. The volunteer needs to be HIV+ and currently on the ADAP waiting list. They are looking to do the story on Monday, April 11th. If you or soneone you know is interested, please contact Anthony at (954) 638-0421 with your name and contact number and I will forward it to him.

Thank you!! Anthony

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