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|Activists tweet Obama to call for ADAP expansion|
|by Ryan Watkins|
|September 15, 2011 11:32|
HIV/AIDS advocates are taking to Twitter today to call on President Obama to end the waiting lists for the AIDS Drug Assistance Program (ADAP).
According to Georgia Equality, the state's largest LGBT rights advocacy organization, Georgia has some 1,700 low-income people on the state's waiting list to receive life-saving medications. The Georgia Department of Public Health says that ADAP must be the last resort for individuals with HIV/AIDS, meaning to qualify for funds, a patient must not have health insurance or receive other state or federal health benefits that could pay for treatment.
Tweeters are asked to submit specially tagged messages to the official Twitter account for the White House, on the hour, every hour today.
Georgia Equality sent out a list of examples:
@whitehouse ADAP waiting lists continue to grow! We need your leadership President Obama to end #ObamaADAP crisis!
President Obama, please end the ADAP waiting lists! @whitehouse How long will you let this #ObamaADAP crisis last in the United States?
@whitehouse End ADAP Waiting Lists Now #ObamaADAP
@whitehouse Did you know that ADAP waiting list is over 9,000? Please help. #ObamaADAP
@whtiehouse There are 1,715 Georgians on the ADAP waiting list! #ObamaADAP help us end this crisis!
For more information about ADAP, please visit http://health.state.ga.us/programs/stdhiv/adap.asp
Top photo: Jeff Graham of Georgia Equality made a plea for more funding for the state's AIDS Drug Assistance Program at a press conference in February. (by Dyana Bagby)
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