Impact of Budget Control Act and Sequestration on Aids Drug Assistance Programs

As a result of the Budget Control Act, which outlined mandatory cuts to both defense and non-defense discretionary programs in the event a Congressional committee could not agree to a deficit-reduction package, programs impacting the HIV community and funding are expected to be affected. According to the AIDS Institute, over $500 million would be cut from critical programs in the first year alone, including NIH research funding and Ryan White HIV/AIDS funding which includes the AIDS Drug Assistance Programs (ADAP). (http://www.theaidsinstitute.org/sites/default/files/attachments/taisequestrationltr.pdf).  According to the organization, 9,400 individuals could lose access to their drugs that would have otherwise been provided under the program. Advocates should be aware of the impact of sequestration in their states and communities.