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May 02, 2011

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Podcast on the AIDS Drug Assistance Program (ADAP)

By Miguel Gomez, AIDS.gov Director

We recently spoke with Deborah Parham Hopson, Associate Administrator for the HIV/AIDS Bureau at the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, to receive an update on the Ryan White Program. The following podcast is a brief excerpt from that conversation focusing on the AIDS Drug Assistance Program (ADAP) that we thought you would find of interest.

April 22, 2011

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A Bridge for ADAPs to 2014: A National Conversation

By Vera Yakovchenko, Public Health Advisor, Office of HIV/AIDS Policy,  U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

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On April 7, 2011, on behalf of the Office of HIV/AIDS Policy, I attended “A Bridge for ADAPs to 2014: A National Conversation,” an event hosted by Dr. E. Blaine Parrish, Associate Dean of the George Washington University School of Public Health and Health Services in Washington, DC. The purpose of this meeting was to bring together a broad range of stakeholders to discuss the anticipated impact of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act  (ACA) on the  AIDS Drug Assistance Program (ADAP) and to identify options that will allow ADAPs to meet growing demands for services, in advance of the full implementation of ACA in 2014. 

This important conversation took place among  representatives from national and local HIV service organizations, state AIDS directors and coordinators, HIV clinicians, administrators from health care facilities, national ADAP experts,  pharmaceutical industry representatives, and community advocates. The meeting covered topics revolving around implementation of the ACA, how ADAPs operate, and “environmental” changes on the horizon that will impact HIV/AIDS service delivery. With ADAPs continuing to experience increased demand, these types of conversations are  critical to begin formulating how ADAPs will move forward within the context of the implementation of the ACA.

Highlights of the meeting included discussions around the anticipated health impacts of ACA on uninsured and underinsured individuals, ADAP funding needs, client medication access issues, other sources of coverage for ADAP clients, Ryan White Reauthorization in 2013, and efforts to address  policy and program challenges. While many lingering questions remain, this meeting stimulated conversations on the many facets of the current ADAP situation and the Ryan White program reauthorization in light of the ACA. The meeting organizers promised to provide a summary of the discussion to share with  others in the HIV community and the larger health care and policy communities.

 

July 09, 2010

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HHS Reallocates $25 Million to Extend Care to People on ADAP Waiting List

Guest post by Mary Wakefield, PhD, RN, Administrator, Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA)

Mary Wakefield, HRSA

Mary Wakefield, PhD, RN

Improving access to care and treatment for people living with HIV is a top priority for President Obama and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. This week, HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius announced the reallocation of $25 million for AIDS drug assistance to States that have AIDS Drug Assistance Program (ADAP) waiting lists or have implemented strategies to contain costs and delay or prevent a waiting list. This action will provide states with additional resources to improve access to critical HIV/AIDS prescription drugs. This new funding is in addition to the more than $800 million already specifically allocated to the ADAP Program this year.

The Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program is administered by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA). This program funds primary health care, support services and life-saving medications for more than a half-million low-income, uninsured and underinsured people living with HIV/AIDS each year.

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June 30, 2010

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Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS Conference Call: Updates on ADAP from HRSA/HAB

By Miguel Gomez, AIDS.gov Director

On Tuesday, July 29, the Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS (PACHA) held a conference call for PACHA members and the public. During the call, Dr. Deborah Parham-Hopson, Associate Administrator for HIV/AIDS, Health Resources and Services Administration at HHS, provided an update on the waiting lists for the AIDS Drug Assistance Program (ADAP), a government program providing medications for people with HIV.

Continue reading "Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS Conference Call: Updates on ADAP from HRSA/HAB" »

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