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Special statement from KHAAG about 1.78 million dollars in relief funds

Wednesday, September 1, 2010 @ 08:09 AM
posted by: Kentucky HIV/AIDS Advocacy Campaign

Special Statement from Bobby Edelen, Kentucky HIV/AIDS Advocacy Action Group President:

The Kentucky HIV/AIDS Advocacy Action Group (“KHAAG”) is pleased that the Commonwealth of Kentucky was awarded $1.78 million dollars in AIDS Drug Assistance Program (“ADAP”) relief funds from the federal government. With this influx of money and other cost saving measures taken by the KDPH we will transition all of the remaining 251 people off of the wait list. It is projected that we will be able to absorb the projected 20 new cases every month for the rest of the fiscal year.

Special Statement from Bobby Edelen, Kentucky HIV/AIDS Advocacy Action Group President:

The Kentucky HIV/AIDS Advocacy Action Group (“KHAAG”) is pleased that the Commonwealth of Kentucky was awarded $1.78 million dollars in AIDS Drug Assistance Program (“ADAP”) relief funds from the federal government. With this influx of money and other cost saving measures taken by the KDPH we will transition all of the remaining 251 people off of the wait list. It is projected that we will be able to absorb the projected 20 new cases every month for the rest of the fiscal year.

We applaud those who have worked so diligently to get the funds to eradicate the wait list in Kentucky. We would especially like to thank The Kentucky HIV/AIDS Branch Director Sigga Jagne for her hard work, in Washington DC and elsewhere, for educating and pleading the case of everyone in all 13 States on the wait list.

This is good news and we are grateful for the opportunity that is afforded the individual on the wait list to receive the life saving medication, but when we continue to look at the short term accomplishments and have no real plan to take care of the needs of the citizens that will need these services in the future, have we really anything to celebrate.

What is needed is a sustainable way to deliver medications to those individuals who will need them after the funds have run out and the wait list is once again a reality. It will take new ideas and new ways of thinking about how we deliver services, or maybe just a forward looking initiative to fund ADAP in a different way. We by no means have the answers but we are open to discuss alternative methods of funding and service delivery with anyone that wants to sit down and have a fruitful discussion.

We invite you to also sign an action alert for the Commonwealth to allocate additional funds to the Kentucky AIDS Drug Drug Assistance Program (KADAP)  This action alert is sponsored by Kentucky Equality Federation and the Kentucky HIV/AIDS Advocacy Action Group.

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