It’s All Happening: Open Enrollment Is Here!

0 Days to Open EnrollmentBy Amy Killelea, Associate Director, Health Care Access, NASTAD

After a three and a half year wait – and several near-death experiences along the way – open enrollment under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) is finally here. On October 1st, 2013 the Marketplaces officially open for business, and millions of people will begin to apply for new public and private insurance coverage options.  At this point, we all know the incredible opportunities to expand HIV and viral hepatitis prevention, care, and treatment that are at stake. Now is where the rubber meets the road as federal, state, and local advocates, providers, and programs roll up their sleeves and prepare for full implementation. Below are four action items the HIV and viral hepatitis community should be focusing on as we leap into open enrollment and beyond: Continue reading

Update: Ryan White Program Current Status

By Ann Lefert, National Alliance of State and Territorial AIDS Directors and Bill McColl, AIDS United, Co-Chairs of the Ryan White Work Group, Federal AIDS Policy Partnership

Federal AIDS Policy Partnership (FAPP)As Co-Chairs of the Ryan White Work Group, we wanted to provide you with an update on the Ryan White Program. As you know, the current authorization ends on September 30, 2013.  However, there is no “sunset” provision in the legislation.  Therefore even if Congress does not take action, the Ryan White Program will remain a part of the law allowing funding to continue to be appropriated through the annual congressional appropriations process. Continue reading

ADAP Crisis Task Force Announces Agreement with ViiV Healthcare for Tivicay®

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Meico Whitlock
202-434-8090

ADAP Crisis Task Force Announces Agreement with ViiV Healthcare for TivicayAugust 26, 2013, Washington, DC – The ADAP Crisis Task Force (ACTF) has reached a new pricing agreement with ViiV Healthcare for AIDS Drug Assistance Programs (ADAPs) for Tivicay® (dolutegravir) for the treatment of HIV-1 infected individuals. The agreed-upon ADAP direct purchase price for Tivicay®, negotiated between the ACTF and ViiV, is substantially lower than the wholesale acquisition cost (WAC), reflecting voluntary discounts that are also significantly below the mandated 340B pricing of the medication.
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Affordable Care Act News: Navigator Final Rule Released

By Marilyn Tavenner

Cross-posted from AIDS.gov

Marilyn TavennerOn July 15, 2013, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) took the next step in moving toward implementation of the Health Insurance Marketplaces by finalizing a proposed rule outlining the standards for Navigators, the in-person assisters in Federally-facilitated and State Partnership Marketplaces. The rule identifies training, conflict of interest standards, and standards for serving people with limited English proficiency and people with disabilities. (Read more about the Marketplaces.)

Millions of Americans will be eligible for new coverage opportunities through the Marketplaces beginning January 2014. Navigators will be available to provide un-biased assistance to consumers about health insurance, the new Health Insurance Marketplaces, qualified health plans, and public programs including Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) as well as assist consumers in enrolling in coverage available through the Health Insurance Marketplaces. Continue reading

ADAP Crisis Task Force Announces Agreement with Industry Partners

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Murray Penner
202-434-8090
mpenner@NASTAD.org

ADAP Crisis Task ForceJuly 29, 2013, Washington, DC – As part of ongoing efforts by the ADAP Crisis Task Force (Task Force) and the pharmaceutical industry to address the continued need for access to HIV antiretroviral medicines through AIDS Drug Assistance Programs (ADAPs), the Task Force announced today that it has reached agreement with AbbVie, Gilead Sciences, Merck, and ViiV Healthcare to extend the voluntary discounts/rebates and price freezes available to all state ADAPs through December 31, 2014.

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