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Ros-Lehtinen meets with AIDS activists

From Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen:

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Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen met in Washington, DC with Brandon Macsata of the ADAP Advocacy Association (aaa+) to discuss the Early Treatment of HIV Act (ETHA )which was introduced this week in the House by Representatives Eliot Engel, Ileana Ros-Lehtinen and Speaker Nancy Pelosi. ETHA would allow states to extend Medicaid coverage to low income individuals with the HIV virus before it advances to full blown AIDS. Currently, lower income persons must first become disabled by AIDS before receiving Medicaid provided care and treatment, which could have prevented them from becoming seriously ill, and at which point treatment is far more expensive.

Brandon first visited with the Congresswoman in 2003, after he had moved to South Florida and became one of her constituents.  In 2003, ETHA was first being considered in the House and at that time Brandon met with Ros-Lehtinen to express his support of the legislation as a person living with HIV/AIDS.  During that meeting, Congresswoman Ros-Lehtinen “challenged” him to get more involved at the national level on HIV, and that is when he began talking to others about forming a national group to advocate for the AIDS Drug Assistance Programs (ADAPs). 

The AIDS Drug Assistance Program (ADAP) provides medications for the treatment of HIV disease. Program funds may also be used to purchase health insurance for eligible clients. Amendments to the Ryan White CARE Act in October 2000 added additional language allowing ADAP funds to be used to pay for services that enhance access, adherence, and monitoring of drug treatments. The program is funded through Title II of the CARE Act, which provides grants to States and Territories.

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