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PWACU to Hill: Help Utahns with HIV/AIDS

The People with AIDS Coalition of Utah is asking the state’s legislature to fund a program that would guarantee low-income Utahns with HIV/AIDS access to medication.


The AIDS Drug Assistance Program is typically funded by federal and state money. However, Utah currently does not contribute to the program, which covers 629 Utahns —a number that has increased by nearly 40 percent since 2006. Nearly 70 percent of recipients have incomes at less than 200 percent of the federal poverty level ($20,800 per single person). HIV therapy, on average, costs at least $10,400 per year.


To make sure that Utahns with HIV/AIDS are covered, especially during the current harsh economic climate, PWACU is asking the legislature to fully fund ADAP. The total cost: a $275,000 appropriation, or $437 per person.

PWACU Executive Director Toni Johnson has argued that the appropriation would end up saving the state a considerable amount of money. Currently, uninsured people with HIV/AIDS often must rely on Medicaid—an average cost of $12,000 per person for the state each year.

If ADAP is funded, Johnson said the state could not only save money in the long run, but reduce the long wait lists facing people with HIV/AIDS who are seeking care.

PWACU is asking for the community to help bringing ADAP to the attention of legislatures during the general session by contacting members of the House Health and Human Services Committee, Senate Health and Human Services Committee, the Health and Human Services Appropriations Subcommittee and the Executive Appropriations Committee. They ask that individuals send short, respectful emails to the following addresses.

House Health and Human Services Committee     

Rep. Paul Ray, Chair    [email protected]
Rep. Ronda Rudd Menlove, Vice Chair    [email protected]
Rep. Trisha S. Beck    [email protected]
Rep. Bradley M. Daw    [email protected]
Rep. Phil Riesen    [email protected]
Rep. Stephen E. Sandstrom    [email protected]
Rep. Evan J. Vickers    [email protected]

 

Senate Health and Human Services Committee      
Sen. D. Chris Buttars, Chair    [email protected]
Sen. Gregory S. Bell    [email protected]
Sen. Allen M. Christensen    [email protected]
Sen. David P. Hinkins    [email protected]
Sen. Patricia W. Jones    [email protected]
Sen. Luz Robles    [email protected]

Health and Human Services Appropriations Subcommittee      
Sen. Allen M. Christensen, Co Chair    (see Senate Health and Human Services)
Rep. John Dougall, Co Chair    [email protected]
Rep. Rebecca Chavez-Houck    [email protected]
Sen. Margaret Dayton    [email protected]
Rep. Ben C. Ferry    [email protected]
Rep. Keith Grover    [email protected]
Sen. Patricia W. Jones    (see Senate Health and Human Services)
Sen. Daniel R. Liljenquist    [email protected]
Rep. David Litvack    [email protected]
Rep. Kraig Powell    [email protected]
Rep. Paul Ray    (see House Health and Human Services)

Executive Appropriations Committee      
Rep. Ron Bigelow, Chair    [email protected]
Sen. Lyle W. Hillyard, Chair    [email protected]
Sen. Peter C. Knudson, Vice Chair    [email protected]
Rep. Bradley G. Last, Vice Chair    [email protected]
Sen. Gregory S. Bell    (see Senate Health and Human Services)
Rep. David Clark    [email protected]
Rep. Brad L. Dee    [email protected]
Rep. Kevin S. Garn    [email protected]
Rep. James R. Gowans    [email protected]
Sen. Scott K. Jenkins    [email protected]
Sen. Patricia W. Jones    (see Senate Health and Human Services)
Sen. Sheldon L. Killpack    [email protected]
Rep. David Litvack    (see Health and Human Services Appropriations)
Rep. Rebecca D. Lockhart    [email protected]
Sen. Karen Mayne    [email protected]
Rep. Carol Spackman Moss    [email protected]
Sen. Luz Robles    (see Senate Health and Human Services)
Sen. Ross I. Romero    [email protected]
Rep. Jennifer M. Seelig    [email protected]
Sen. Michael G. Waddoups    [email protected]

The House of Representatives’ phone number is (801) 538-1029. The Senate’s number is (801) 538-1029.

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