The IMPACT program is being defended as a life saver for those who have nowhere else to turn. The current program contract runs out in June and the state Department of Health Services has already stopped all new enrollments. Walter Courtney of Sacramento says he’s a small business owner who gave up his health insurance. He sought treatment from the IMPACT program after he was diagnosed in 2001.
"There’s nothing available for us, at this point without IMPACT, there’s no alternative for hundreds of men.”
Democratic state Senator Deborah Ortiz is urging the Governor to restore the six-point-five million dollars in funding for the next budget year. The State Department of Health Services says it’s compiling data from the more than six-hundred men who have been treated as a basis for future discussions on the program’s effectiveness.