August 11, 2003
Terry Wilson, state coordinator of AIDS Coalition of Texas, questioned the need to develop a deficit contingency plan for the ADAP because he believes that "the budget could end in a surplus," according to the Chronicle. Wilson said that his group sees the medical eligibility requirement as the "least troubling" potential rule change, but he added that the "one drawback" to the rule is that the government would "then start dictating clinical practice to physicians and patients." Wilson said that eliminating patients' ability to subtract the cost of antiretroviral drugs from their taxable income would be "counterproductive," adding that the change would result in "prompting workers contributing to the economy to quit their jobs in order to access the drugs." Dr. Sharilyn Stanley, associate commissioner for disease control and prevention at the Texas Department of Health, said that the rules would not go into effect immediately and would only be applied if they were needed to overcome a deficit, according to the Chronicle. "The Legislature did give us $26.5 million (increased funding), which was an incredible, wonderful, substantive act, but it doesn't fully meet our projected deficit," Stanley said (Houston Chronicle, 8/7).
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