In a proposed commonwealth budget that allocates over $3.4 billion for road projects, a small request of $3.5 million to fund the Kentucky AIDS Drug Assistance Program (KADAP) has been ignored, leaving hundreds living with HIV/AIDS facing difficult choices.
The cost for HIV/AIDS medication averages around $1,200/month—more than the entire monthly income of most families enrolled in KADAP.
“We’ve heard stories from people seeking out second mortgages to pay for their meds,” say Kentucky Equality Federation President Jordan Palmer and Kentucky HIV/AIDS Advocacy Action Group (KHAAG) President Bobby Edelen. “One person who approached us said, ‘with the uncertainty of receiving assistance I am thinking about selling off my life insurance policy’ to afford life-sustaining medications. We’re back to the 80s.” (complete story)