Action alert: Ohio HIV Drug Assistance Program suffers severe budget cuts

The Ohio AIDS Coalition is urging the Buckeye State to contact Gov. Ted Strickland on Aug. 26, regarding the severe funding cuts to the Ohio HIV Drug Assistance Program. Funding for OHDAP is the difference between living with HIV and dying with AIDS for many Ohioans.

In an attempt to plug a projected $16.4 million deficit in the program, a waiting list has been implemented, reducing the number of approved medications available to clients, increasing aggressive pursuit of rebates, revising eligibility requirements and eliminating some services. The waiting list is already at 132 people, and 257 people have lost their eligibility for services.

Even after taking these measures, there is still an estimated $6 million funding gap. If this gap is not addressed, funding for the entire OHDAP program will run out in early 2011.

Please contact Gov. Strickland by calling (614) 466-3555 or by emailing governor.info@governor.ohio.gov.  Tell his office:  “I am calling to ask Gov. Strickland to fill the funding gap in the Ohio HIV Drug Assistance Program it is the difference between living with HIV and dying of AIDS.”

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