Action Alert: Urge Congress to Fully Fund Domestic HIV/AIDS and Viral Hepatitis Programs

By Emily McCloskey, Manager, Policy and Legislative Affairs, NASTAD

Action: Contact your Senators to ask them to fully fund domestic HIV/AIDS and viral hepatitis programs

NHTD 2013 Call In DayThe Senate Appropriations Committee is expected to vote on the bill that funds domestic HIV/AIDS and viral hepatitis programs the week of July 7. The National Alliance of State and Territorial AIDS Directors (NASTAD) and the larger HIV community are leading a call in day on June 27 to ask the Senate to help prevent further cuts and to fully fund domestic HIV/AIDS and viral hepatitis prevention, care, treatment, and research programs. Calls on this issue to individual offices can make a difference. Please send the action alert to your networks and communities. If possible, NASTAD also asks you to reach out to your Senators on June 27, National HIV Testing Day (NTHD), and let them know the importance of HIV and viral hepatitis programs. Continue reading

Increasing Flexibility for Ryan White Grantees Making 75/25 Core Medical Services Waiver Requests


Cross-posted from
AIDS.gov

Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA)

Last week, HRSA published a Final Notice in the Federal Register, and invited comments, amending the uniform standards for requesting a core medical services waiver for fiscal year (FY) 2014 and beyond. This revision provides Ryan White grantees more flexibility in the timeframe for applying for waivers. The change in the standards will allow grantees to apply for a waiver at any time up to their annual Part A, B, or C application submission, at the same time as their annual Part A, B, or C application submission, or up to four months after their grant award for that funding year. It will also allow grantees to plan with certainty about the waiver and to make adjustments to their Ryan White Care funded systems in response to Affordable Care Act implementation in their areas. Continue reading

Gearing up for Open Enrollment: Accessing HIV/AIDS Care & Treatment through the ACA Marketplaces

By Amy Killelea, Senior Manager, Health Care Access, NASTAD

Cross-posted from AIDS Education & Training Centers National Resource Center

By Amy Killelea, Senior Manager, Health Care Access, NASTADOctober 1, 2013 – the date when the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA’s) marketplaces open for enrollment – is less than four months away, and there is much still be done to ensure a smooth transition to coverage through these marketplaces.  The marketplaces, which will allow people to compare and purchase “Qualified Health Plans” (QHPs), provide a tremendous opportunity for people living with HIV to access comprehensive, affordable private insurance – many for the first time. Maximizing access to private insurance will be particularly important in states that do not expand Medicaid in 2014. However, engaging with and navigating the private insurance options will involve new issues and concerns and a new insurance vocabulary. Continue reading

What It Means To Be an AIDS Drug Assistance Program (ADAP) Coordinator

By Chis Hanson, AIDS Drug Assistance Program (ADAP) Coordinator, Michigan Department of Community Health

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Chris Hanson, ADAP Coordinator, Michigan Department of Community Health

Chris Hanson, ADAP Coordinator, Michigan Department of Community Health

In collaboration with the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) and as a component of our HRSA Cooperative Agreement, NASTAD is releasing a set of videos related to AIDS Drug Assistance Program (ADAP) efficiency and program management. These videos are a companion to the ADAP Technical Assistance (TA) brief series released in winter 2012. Throughout the course of the past year, NASTAD compiled lessons learned from ADAP coordinators on a variety of topics including the use of data, implementation of cost-containment measures, challenges and successes in managing an ADAP, and advice for working within the program. The videos being released today address challenges and successes in management and ADAP and include advice from seasoned ADAP coordinators for working within the program.  Continue reading

Sustaining HIV/AIDS and Viral Hepatitis Services: Leveraging Third-Party Reimbursement

By Liisa M. Randall, Consultant and Amy Killelea, Senior Manager, Health Care Access, NASTAD

Medical Bills by http://www.flickr.com/photos/attercop311/With federal and state funding for HIV/AIDS and viral hepatitis services increasingly constrained, it is essential that health departments explore alternative sources of support to ensure the sustainability of vital services. Full implementation of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) provides new opportunities for health departments and implementing partners to leverage resources made available through third-party reimbursement. Please visit NASTAD’s health reform website for resources on what the ACA means for HIV/AIDS and viral hepatitis programs and services, and how health departments are preparing for reform. Continue reading