2008 Session

Budget Amendments - HB30 (Member Request)

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Chief Patron: Brink
State Pharmacy Assistance Program for HIV/AIDS

Item 293 #1h

Item 293 #1h

First Year - FY2009 Second Year - FY2010
Health And Human Resources
Health, Department of FY2009 $300,000 FY2010 $300,000 GF

Page 261, line 50, strike "$50,482,056" and insert "$50,782,056".
Page 261, line 50, strike "$50,394,722" and insert "$50,694,722".
Page 262, line 38, strike "285,000" and insert "585,000".
Page 262, line 39, strike "285,000" and insert "585,000".

(This amendment adds $300,000 each year from the general fund to supplement funding for the state pharmaceutical assistance program (SPAP) to cover the cost of prescription drugs that are not covered by the Medicare Part D program for HIV–positive individuals participating in the Virginia AIDS Drug Assistance Program. Currently, 92 patients are receiving assistance through the program; however, 73 patients are on the waiting list for copayment assistance. This program helps to ensure that medications are continuously available without interruption for persons living with HIV/AIDS who require medication to maintain health and prevent more costly illnesses. The program is restricted to patients with incomes between 135 percent and 300 percent of the federal poverty level.)