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On behalf of the Aids Healthcare Foundation, I would like to thank you all for attending Wednesday’s Town Hall ADAP event. It was both educational and a platform for mobilization of the South FL HIV/AIDS Community. The following morning, I attended a meeting in Jacksonville where a business representative from a large pharmaceutical company talked about the ADAP advocacy efforts in South Florida. He specifically referenced Joey Wynn’s presentation at our Town Hall, which means our voices are being heard.

I believe everyone in attendance at the Town Hall has been affected by the HIV virus in some way, and now we all face an impending crisis due to the shortage of funding for ADAP. The funding needed to save the ADAP program and the lives connected to it would be less than the daily cost of many frivolous government expenditures.

Please join our mobilization effort by attending the rally on Tuesday, November 30th @ 5pm. This will take place at the Federal Building in Downtown Ft. Lauderdale at the intersection of Broward and 3rd. This event should be televised and we will make our voices heard. We will send additional emails when plans for other town halls around the state are finalized.

Once again I would like to thank Broward House, Gilead, Red Hispana, Starbucks, Georgies Alibi, Pals Project at Pride Center, and YOU for offering community support. I wish you all a Safe and Happy Thanksgiving and look forward to seeing you on Tuesday, November 30th.

All the best,

Ronald Weston
Regional Sales Director
A H F
Office: 800.832.0778
Fax: 727.259.2001
Cell: 727.612.6144
http://www.ahfpharmacy.org

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Operation: Mobilize Sunshine


Help Save Florida AIDS Patients and Save ADAP!

Please Join Us for:

‘Operation: Mobilize Sunshine!’

Nov 17th Wilton Manors Town Hall Meeting Seeks to Mobilize Community on Crisis in Florida’s AIDS Drug Program; Concerned Floridians Invited to Attend Forum to Address Growing Crisis in Florida’s AIDS Drug Assistance Program

Florida—with Nation’s Third Largest HIV/AIDS Case Load—Will Remove 350 Enrolled AIDS Patients from State’s Lifesaving AIDS Drug Program; Since June, Another 2,300 Florida HIV/AIDS Patients Have Been Placed on a Waiting List

WHAT: Wilton Manors Mobilization & Town Hall Meeting to Save ADAP and Florida AIDS Patients

WHEN: WEDNESDAY, November 17th – 6:00 PM

WHERE: Hagen Park Community Center

2020 Wilton Drive, Wilton Manors, FL 33305

The AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF) wants the Sunshine State to mobilize now! A town hall event has been immediately planned to address the ADAP crisis, now affecting an excess of 2500 HIV-infected patients in the state of Florida. Please join AHF and its community partners in this effort and have your voices heard on Wednesday, November 17th 2010 at 6:00pm at Hagen Park’s community facility! (2020 Wilton Dr., Wilton Manors, FL 33305)

The town hall is open to the public and hors d’oeuvres and refreshments will be provided. This event will offer answers to your concerns, tools to navigate access to medication and care and a chance to personally urge your representatives to act now. AHF is banding together with local AIDS service organizations and community leaders to advocate for HIV/AIDS patients and their loved ones all over Florida. Federal funding is needed now to save thousands of lives! Constituents of our state, we ask you to contact your local, state and congressional leaders to put an end to this intolerable neglect!

By the beginning of next month, 350 current recipients of ADAP benefits will no longer be able to obtain their medication through this federally funded program. The Florida AIDS Drug Assistance Program, commonly referred to as ADAP, is $16 million short of being able to serve all of its current clients until April 1st, according to the Health Department. Florida also has the largest ADAP patient waiting list in the country (2306 and counting), as well as the highest rate of new HIV infections. Enrollment into ADAP has reached unsustainable levels with presently allocated funds and thus has impelled the Health Department to tighten income eligibility requirements. 2000 more patients may be at risk for needing to be dropped if the Health Department cannot procure emergency dollars to support the program.

Although some money is being funneled Florida’s way, ADAP will still require millions of dollars more to accommodate its patient load. With a bleak job market still lingering, HIV patients who have lost their employment are still relying on this government program to receive the life saving medication they need. Thousands are now teetering on the brink of therapy interruption. This cannot happen.

Awareness must be made. Please mobilize with your community. There will be numerous resources available at this town hall event. The date is quickly approaching, so mark it and come.

Questions?

Contact Jason King, AHF Pharmacy Specialist & Patient Advocate at (954) 610-3064 or jason.king@aidshealth.org

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Sometimes being #1 is NOT what you where you want to be, like being #1 on the ADAP Waiting List. But that’s where we are, by A LOT. And Broward County has 342 patients on the Waiting Listing according to the Department of Health.
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National Alliance of State and Territorial AIDS Directors
The ADAP Watch

September 24, 2010

ADAPs With Waiting Lists (3,441 individuals in 9 states*, as of September 23, 2010)
1. Florida: 1,796 individuals
2. Georgia: 553 individuals
3. Louisiana: 439 individuals**
4. Ohio: 232 individuals
5. Kentucky: 227 individuals
6. South Carolina: 148 individuals
7. North Carolina: 36 individuals
8. Montana: 10 individuals
9. Iowa: 0 individuals (program capped on September 15, 2010)

ADAPs With Other Cost-Containment Strategies (Instituted Since April 1, 2009, as of July 22, 2010)
AdvertisementArizona: reduced formulary
Arkansas: reduced formulary, lowered financial eligibility to 200% FPL
Colorado: reduced formulary
Georgia: reduced formulary, implemented medical criteria, continued participation in the Alternative Method Demonstration Project (AMDP)
Illinois: reduced formulary
Iowa: reduced formulary
Kentucky: reduced formulary
Louisiana: discontinued reimbursement of laboratory assays
Missouri: reduced formulary
North Carolina: reduced formulary
North Dakota: capped enrollment, instituted annual expenditure cap, lowered financial eligibility to 300% FPL
Ohio: reduced formulary, lowered financial eligibility to 300% FPL (disenrolled 257 clients)
South Carolina: instituted annual expenditure cap, lowered financial eligibility to 300% FPL
Utah: reduced formulary, lowered financial eligibility to 250% FPL (disenrolled 89 clients)
Washington: instituted client cost sharing, reduced formulary (for uninsured clients only)
Wyoming: reduced formulary

ADAPs Considering New/Additional Cost-Containment Measures (Before March 31, 2011***)
Arizona: establish waiting list
Colorado: establish waiting list
Florida: reduce formulary, lower financial eligibility to 350% FPL
Illinois: reduce formulary, institute monthly expenditure cap, lower financial eligibility to 300% FPL
Idaho: establish waiting list
New Jersey: reduce formulary, lower financial eligibility
Ohio: disenroll approximately 861 clients based on new medical criteria
Oregon: reduce formulary, institute client cost sharing
Puerto Rico: reduce formulary
Rhode Island: lower financial eligibility to 200% FPL
South Carolina: disenroll 200 clients, establish annual expenditure cap
Virginia: establish waiting list
Washington: require all clients to enroll in insurance, lower financial eligibility to 275% FPL
Wyoming: establish waiting list, reduce formulary, institute client cost sharing

* As a result of ADAP Emergency Funding, Hawaii, Idaho, South Dakota, and Utah have eliminated their waiting lists.
** Louisiana has a capped enrollment on their program. This number is a representation of their current unmet need.
*** March 31, 2011 is the end of ADAP FY2010. ADAP fiscal years begin April 1 and end March 31.

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