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ADAP Wait List Update

As you are aware, the Florida AIDS Drug Assistance Program (ADAP) has a waiting list due to unprecedented demand. As such, all new applicants for services are placed on the ADAP waiting list once they have met core eligibility under Rule 64D-4 and enrolled in Patient Assistance Programs (PAPs) for their medications.

It is imperative that clients maintain their eligibility status every six months and go through the recertification process regardless of their place on the waiting list. Any client not current on their eligibility will be dropped from the waiting list. At such a time the patient returns to ADAP to recertify, they will be placed at the end of the waiting list. Case managers, eligibility workers and ADAP staff must work together to help ensure clients are current on their eligibility. Additionally, a new “Notice of Eligibility” must be sent to the local ADAP for their records or the client will not be considered current. Please make sure this is happening in order to secure the client’s position on the ADAP waiting list and prevent disenrollment.

We recognize these are challenging times and staff time is limited especially with the PAP enrollment process. We want to thank you for your hard work in making sure clients maintain access to their critical medications.

If you have any questions, please contact Suzanne Stevens, Bureau of HIV/AIDS at 850-245-4444 ext. 2426 or by email at Suzanne_Stevens@doh.state.fl.us.

Regards,

Jeffrey A. Beal, M.D.
Medical Director, Bureau of HIV/AIDS
Florida Department of Health
850-519-3734
Fax: 239-332-9656

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Attention all ADAP Clients Also Enrolled in Medicare Part D
NOTE: This applies ONLY to clients
also enrolled in Medicare Part D

The Florida Department of Health has instituted a statewide change in the AIDS Drug Assistance Program (ADAP) affecting all ADAP medications for clients who are also enrolled in Medicare Part D.

Effective immediately, affected ADAP medications will be dispensed from the Department of Health Central Pharmacy in Tallahassee and not the Broward County Health Department (BCHD) Pharmacy. The Central Pharmacy will fill the prescription and mail it to the BCHD ADAP office in the Fort Lauderdale Health Center (FLHC), 2421 SW 6th Avenue – Fort Lauderdale, 33315. Any concerns with new prescriptions, refills, certifications and recertifications for dually eligible clients will be handled at the ADAP Eligibility Department at FLHC:

• New prescriptions can be dropped off at the FLHC Q-Flow window during regular business hours. Providers (ONLY) can fax new prescriptions to our secured fax line: (954) 467-4861.

• Appointments for certifications and six-month recertifications can be made through the appointment line: (954) 713-3196.

• Refill requests can be called in at (954) 290-2728.

• You will be called when your medication has arrived from the Central Pharmacy. It is important that clients provide staff with the most updated contact phone number(s).

• Times for medication pick-ups: Monday, 8:00am until noon and Thursday,
1:00pm – 5:00pm. Stop at the Q-Flow window and let the receptionist know you
were called for a pick-up.

NOTE: This applies ONLY to clients also enrolled in Medicare Part D

Please don’t wait until you are out of a medication, allow for the extra time to receive the medication from Central Pharmacy.

The BCHD will make every effort to assist you in this process.
Please call (954) 713-3196 with any questions.

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2011 Emergency ADAP Summit:
ADAPs in Crisis: Preparing for 2011

The ADAP Advocacy Association (aaa+) is hosting an Emergency ADAP Summit on Saturday, January 29th and Sunday, January 30th, 2011. This summit, themed “ADAPs in Crisis: Preparing for 2011,” will be open to all ADAP stakeholders nationwide. The agenda will be comprised of updates about the crisis, legislative updates (such as what to expect with the 112th Congress), available solutions (i.e., Welvista and industry PAPs), and grassroots and advocacy trainings. The purpose is to identify key action steps that can be taken in 2011 to secure additional federal appropriations, programmatic reforms, available private resources and other remedies to move beyond ADAP wait lists and improve access to care for all people living with HIV/AIDS.

Registration for the Summit is only $50 (registration for pharmaceutical representatives is $250), but a limited number of scholarships are also available. The Summit is being held at the Westin Beach Resort – Ft. Lauderdale, located at 321 N. Fort Lauderdale Beach Boulevard, Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33304. Hotel reservations can be made by calling (954) 467-1111 and referring to the “ADAP Advocacy Association” conference (discounted room rates are $229.00 per night, plus taxes) or online at http://www.starwoodmeeting.com/Book/ADAPAdvocacyAssoc.

If you are applying for a scholarship, then DO NOT complete the registration form…rather, please complete the scholarship application only. If you are not seeking a scholarship, then please complete the appropriate registration link below (there is a registration link for non-pharmaceutical company attendees and another for pharmaceutical company attendees…so please complete the proper registration form):

Submit Scholarship Application

Complete Registration Form – Non-pharmaceutical company

Complete Registration Form – Pharmaceutical company

Should you have any questions or desire additional information, then please email me at brandon@macsata.org.

Thank you
-Tim.

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December 2010 ADAP Waiting Lists

4,543 individuals in 9 states*, as of December 9, 2010

*changes from December 2, 2010 noted in parenthesis (+174))

Arkansas: 5 individuals (+5)

Florida: 2,396 individuals (+85)

Georgia: 837 individuals (+9)

Louisiana: 511 individuals** (+34)

Montana: 14 individuals (0)

North Carolina: 84 individuals (+6)

Ohio: 374 individuals (+11)

Rhode Island: 0 individuals (-16)

South Carolina: 298 individuals (+29)

Virginia: 24 individuals (+9)

While Rhode Island cleared their waiting list of 16 people this last week, Arkansas started up a waiting list with their first 5 people. Sadly Florida continues to average adding approx 75 or more people a week to their list – which now holds 52.7% of all people on the waiting lists throughout the entire nation.
ADAP Dec 10th Watch List

**Louisiana has a capped enrollment on their program. This number is a representation of their current unmet need.

Link

-Anthony

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ADAP News

Good News for ADAP – Medicare Part D.

While Broward County Health Department awaits guidance from the state, ADAP clients with Medicare Part D can continue to get their antiretroviral meds and Opportunistic Infection meds from ADAP. This is great news for now! If you are told otherwise, please ask them to talk to William Patrick or Paul Moore in the HIV/AIDS Program Office. This does not mean that we do not still need Activism at both the State and Federal level because the lack of funding is still critical.

Tim.

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AIDS Healthcare Foundation is looking for at least 30 Florida ADAP patients who have been put on The Wait List or who would be dropped on February 1, 2011 by the income eligibility being lowered from 400% to 300% Federal Poverty Level. AHF plans to march on Washington in mid January (Date TBA) and will pay for impacted patients to attend. They will be covering all expenses. It would be great if we have impacted patients in our group or through the PALS Project who would be willing to go to D.C., participate in this march and personally lobby Congress. This is a great Advocacy opportunity. If interested, they should contact Jason King at AHF. His email is Jason.King@aidshealth.org. Please share this information with friends if you know they are negatively impacted currently or will be impacted on February 1, 2011.

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Media Contacts: Carl Schmid, (202) 669-8267 CSchmid@theaidsinstitute.org

US House of Representatives Increases AIDS Drug Funding by $60 Million

The AIDS Institute Calls on US Senate to Match House Support

Washington, DC – In a significant victory for people living with HIV/AIDS in the United States, the U.S. House of Representatives has approved an additional $60 million for the financially struggling AIDS Drug Assistance Program (ADAP) in fiscal year 2011. The increased funding was included in the bill that funds all federal programs for next year basically at existing levels, except in some minor instances. “We are pleased that the House recognized the severe need for additional emergency resources to the ADAP program and chose not to keep ADAP funding level next year, which would have been catastrophic”, commented The AIDS Institute’s Deputy Executive Director Carl Schmid.

“Due to the high number of people who have lost their jobs and health insurance during the recent economic downturn, the number of people living with HIV/AIDS who must rely on the AIDS Drug Assistance Program (ADAP) has skyrocketed. At the same time, federal funding has not kept up with growing demand, and state budget cuts have resulted in funding reductions”, said Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz of Florida. “Given these constraints, I was pleased to see that the House version of the FY 2011 Continuing Resolution included an influx of $60 million for this critical program. It is my hope that the Senate follows suit, so that Americans living with HIV/AIDS, languishing on waiting lists, can get the treatment they so desperately need as quickly as possible”.

ADAPs provide HIV-related medications to under insured and uninsured individuals living with HIV/AIDS in the United States or about one-quarter of the people with HIV/AIDS estimated to be receiving care in the U.S. ADAP is part of the Ryan White HIV/AIDS program.

As of December 2, 2010, there were 4,369 individuals in 9 states on ADAP waiting lists. In Florida alone, there are 2,311 individuals, or over half of all people on waiting lists. Several states are reducing their eligibility for their ADAP and in the process, actually disenrolling people from the program who are currently taking lifesaving medications. Florida has proposed to disenroll over 337 people from its ADAP early next year. As part of treating HIV/AIDS, daily adherence to medications is critical and interruptions can result in severe health outcomes and resistance to medications.

“While this additional money will help states such as Florida with severe ADAP funding problems it is far from enough to keep up with the demand for ADAP medications,” stated Michael Ruppal, Executive Director of The AIDS Institute. “What is worse is that other parts of the Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program, the parts that provide health care and support services to people with HIV/AIDS, will not receive any increases in funding next year.

The AIDS Institute now calls on the U.S. Senate in the remaining days of the lame-duck session to increase ADAP funding by at least $60 million in its must pass FY11 spending bill, and forward it to the President for his immediate signature.

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