Open Enrollment 2015: Are You Ready?

By Xavior Robinson, Senior Manager, Health Care Access, NASTAD

Open Enrollment 2015The Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) second open enrollment period is just around the corner. On November 15th, millions of people will have the opportunity to apply for a Qualified Health Plan (QHP) for the first time, renew their existing coverage, select a new plan, or be directed to apply for Medicaid. For state HIV/AIDS and viral hepatitis programs, open enrollment presents an opportunity to build upon the more than 25,000 AIDS Drug Assistance Program (ADAP) clients that were transitioned to health insurance coverage during the first open enrollment. In the time since the inaugural open enrollment period ended, programs have been preparing for November 15th by partnering with community-based organizations to expand outreach and enrollment capabilities, refining insurance purchasing processes to assist clients with premiums and co-pays, and working with clients to maintain access to insurance coverage. As programs prepare for open enrollment, keep in mind the following priorities and action steps.

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NASTAD at USCA 2014: How Women are Being Impacted along the HIV Care Continuum by Violence

By Michelle Allen, Senior Associate, Communications, NASTAD

Gender-Specific Care ContinuumEvery year since 1988, the National Minority AIDS Council (NMAC) has convened the annual United States Conference on AIDS (USCA). USCA brings together service providers, healthcare professionals, advocates, people living with HIV/AIDS, and policymakers to increase the strength and diversity of the community-based response to the HIV/AIDS epidemic through education, training, new partnerships, collaboration and networking. Continue reading

NASTAD Releases 2014 Online AIDS Drug Assistance Program (ADAP) Formulary Database

For immediate release: June 10, 2014

Contact: Britten Pund, 202-434-8044, bpund@NASTAD.org

Washington, DC – Today, the National Alliance of State & Territorial AIDS Directors (NASTAD) released the 2014 Online AIDS Drug Assistance Program (ADAP) Formulary Database (the Database) and accompanying User’s Guide. The Database details ADAP coverage of medications both individually and by drug class, marking the first time state-by-state ADAP formulary coverage data has been made publicly available in an online searchable format. NASTAD receives frequent requests regarding individual states’ formulary composition. This newly-released online format provides a method to query this data. Medications included in the Database include antiretroviral (ARV) treatments and “A1” Opportunistic Infections (A1 OI) medications, as well as treatments for hepatitis B and C, substance use treatment medications and various vaccines and laboratory tests. The Database includes formulary information from all 50 states as well as the District of Columbia, Guam and Puerto Rico, as of March 31, 2014. Moving forward, the Database will be updated as new information becomes available. In addition, interested parties are encouraged to contact individual ADAPs with specific questions about medication availability. Continue reading

AIDS Drug Assistance Programs Support New ACA Coverage Options for Thousands of People Living with HIV

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 16, 2014
Contact: Meico Whitlock, 202-434-8094, www.NASTAD.org

AIDS Drug Assistance Programs Support New ACA Coverage Options for Thousands of People Living with HIV

State Health Departments Navigate ACA Enrollment Challenges While Strengthening Insurance Purchasing Infrastructure and Addressing Unmet Need

 Washington, DC – Today, the National Alliance of State

ADAP Clients, June 2013 (Provided by the Kaiser Family Foundation)

ADAP Clients, June 2013 (Provided by the Kaiser Family Foundation)

and Territorial AIDS Directors (NASTAD) released new data emphasizing the essential role the Ryan White Program, specifically the AIDS Drug Assistance Program (ADAP), plays for people living with HIV (PLWH), including those who have insurance and those who are uninsured. During the inaugural open enrollment period of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), ADAPs transitioned over 25,000 clients to new coverage options. This represents a significant portion of the estimated 56,000 previously uninsured Ryan White clients.[1]

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How Black Gay Men Are Taking a Lead in the Fight against HIV

By Blake Rowley, Manager, Health Equity and Prevention, NASTAD

White House ONAP Director, Douglas M. Brooks, with Blake Rowley.

White House ONAP Director, Douglas M. Brooks, with Blake Rowley.

The health disparities faced by Black gay men and other men who have sex with men (MSM) have become one of the most salient issues of the day. A number of issue briefs, memoranda, and speeches addressing the State of the Black Gay Union have stated the importance of this issue; however, far less has been done to address the issues this community faces or empower key stakeholders. The Young Black Gay Men’s Leadership Initiative (YBGLI) is a national coalition of young Black gay, bisexual, same gender loving men and other men who have sex with men (MSM) from around the country addressing issues disproportionately affecting their peers, especially HIV prevention, care and treatment. Additionally, the YBGLI seeks to build and cultivate young leaders within the Black gay community, creating space for more young Black gay men to take the torch when the time comes and continue the fight against HIV. Further, YBGLI seeks to develop the capacity and knowledge of the larger young Black gay male community. Continue reading