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Thursday, August 11, 2005

Save ADAP Action Alert


AIDS Treatment Activists Coalition
SAVE ADAP Alert

One Person Can Stop The ADAP Crisis
Write To President Bush and Ask Him To Save ADAP

August 8, 2005

SAVE ADAP is kicking off our August campaign by asking people around the country to write a letter to President Bush asking him to provide adequate funding for the AIDS Drug Assistance Program.

ADAP has been underfunded for the past several years, forcing many states to create waiting lists and other program restrictions. While experts have determined that a $303 million increase is needed in the Fiscal Year 2006 appropriations bill to alleviate the ADAP crisis, President Bush is only asking for a $10 million increase. So far, Congress is going along with that request and ADAP is likely headed for another year of crisis, with even more states unable to provide drugs to those who need them.

It is not too late! President Bush can tell leaders in Congress that he wants a higher increase for ADAP in the final appropriations bill.

That is why we are asking you to write a letter asking him to take leadership on this life and death issue. SAVE ADAP is collecting these letters and will both fax them to the White House and hand deliver to key members of the Bush Administration.

Over the past few years, your calls and emails have made a big difference. We have educated Congress and the Bush Administration about the ADAP crisis and it is one of the few health care programs that receives any increased funding. Now it’s time to take another step and tell President Bush that it’s not enough and that we are going to continue speaking out until everyone in the country has access to lifesaving drugs!

What you can do:

Please write a short letter to President Bush urging him to support a $303 million increase for ADAP. Below is a sample letter for you to use. Add a couple of sentences about how ADAP has helped you or people you care about, or simply why you want the federal government to give adequate funding to this program.

Make sure you include your name and mailing address on the letter. Our goal is to have letters from all 50 states, District of Columbia, and the territories.

You can mail, fax, or email your letter to us:

Mail:

Ryan Clary
c/o Project Inform
205-13th Street, #2001
San Francisco, CA 94103

Fax:

(415) 558-0684

Email:

saveadap@atac-usa.org

Sample letter:

Date

The President
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NWWashington, DC 20500

Dear President Bush,

I am very concerned that Americans living with HIV/AIDS around the country are unable to get life-saving drugs from their state's AIDS Drug Assistance Program. Because of the financial crisis facing ADAP, many states have been forced to create waiting lists, close their program to new enrollees, and/or make other harmful changes.

Experts have determined that a $303 million increase for ADAP is badly needed for Fiscal Year 2006 to clear the waiting lists and ensure that people living with HIV/AIDS can gain access to the program. Congress is only proposing a very inadequate $10 million increase for ADAP for FY 06. This will guarantee that the ADAP crisis will worsen and that even more states will be unable to make sure that their citizens will receive the drugs they need.

We need your leadership on this life and death issue. Everyone living with HIV/AIDS should have access to the drugs that are vital to stay alive, healthy and productive. Please tell Congress that you strongly support a $ 303 million increase for the AIDS Drug Assistance Program for FY 06 in the final appropriations bill.

Thank you for your consideration. Only you can provide the leadership to help Congress do the right thing for Americans living with HIV/AIDS.

Sincerely,

4 Comments:

At Thu Aug 11, 01:45:00 PM GMT+10, Blogger Bucko said...

Ronnita-

That was painless! Done in less than a minute!

 
At Thu Aug 11, 07:25:00 PM GMT+10, Blogger ronnie said...

It's point and click activism.

 
At Fri Aug 12, 09:45:00 PM GMT+10, Blogger Matty the Damned said...

Painless and yet not so.

The very fact that my brothers and sisters in the United States of Amiracle have to go through such agony for the basic services that we in Australia and similar nations take for granted is most painful to me.

It is shocking that the richest nation on earth, which is most able to provide for your needs so easily, is unwilling to do so. This is a disgrace.

I find it interesting that you have so little in a place of such plenty.

In any event you have only to tell me what small thing I might do and it will be done.

MtD

 
At Fri Aug 19, 08:25:00 PM GMT+10, Anonymous Just me said...

MtD,
Some of us here in Amerika are totally dependant on Ryan to survive. Pity our own government gives only lip service
and does a double take when it comes to action.
"Oh, we will give you meds if you abstain from sex for the rest of your life". That is the message they send out with their monies.
Not till we rise up and act up like they did back in the 80's will we see anything really happen here.

It's good to see you all taking a part in this. Keep it up!


Just me

 

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