By Amy Killelea, Senior Manager, Health Care Access, NASTAD
The Medicaid expansion is a significant opportunity to expand access to care to people living with HIV and viral hepatitis, making the debates over expansion playing out in state governors’ offices and legislatures incredibly important. Because of the Supreme Court decision limiting the federal government’s power to force states to comply with the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) Medicaid expansion, there is a real question of if and when every state will comply with the expansion. Continue reading
By Robin Flanagan, Manager, NASTAD Global Program
For two years, NASTAD has been working with Trinidad and Tobago’s Ministry of Health to help develop their HIV/AIDS surveillance system. While this partnership began with reinforcement for behavioral surveillance among populations at greatest risk for HIV, in the last six months, capacity building support has expanded to also focus on case-based surveillance. Consistent with current PEPFAR priorities, these activities seek to strengthen local public health capacity and encourage use of scientific data for monitoring, evaluation and decision-making.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: January 16, 2013
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ADAP Continues to Grow and Meet Unprecedented Need in a Tough Economic Climate
Washington, DC – Today, the National Alliance of State and Territorial AIDS Directors (NASTAD) released the first module of its 2013 National ADAP Monitoring Project Annual Report. The National ADAP Monitoring Project is NASTAD’s long-standing effort to document new developments and challenges facing AIDS Drug Assistance Programs (ADAPs), assessing key trends over time, and providing the latest available data on the status of ADAPs. For the last 18 years, NASTAD has provided comprehensive analysis about ADAPs through the Report. Continue reading
by Oscar Mairena, Manager, Policy and Legislative Affairs and Viral Hepatitis
Oscar Mairena, Manager, Policy and Legislative Affairs and Viral Hepatitis
On December 4, NASTAD joined the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the Center for HIV Law and Policy (CHLP), in collaboration with Congresswoman Barbara Lee, for the United States National Dialogue on the Criminalization of HIV Transmission, Exposure & Non-disclosure: The Role of States & the Federal Government. NASTAD presented on the public health approach to ending HIV criminalization and NASTAD Chair Randy Mayer, Chief of the Iowa Bureau of HIV, STD and Hepatitis joined Iowa State Senator Matt McCoy in discussing the importance of the partnership between the state legislature and public health to modernize HIV criminal policies in Iowa.
by Amy Killelea, Senior Manager, Health Care Access, NASTAD
Amy Killelea, Senior Manager, Health Care Access, NASTAD
The Affordable Care Act (ACA) presents an unparalleled opportunity to decrease HIV and viral hepatitis infection rates, increase early access to care and treatment, and promote health equity. However, in order to use the ACA as a set of tools to meet these goals, we as a community must be prepared to not only adapt to the changes the ACA will bring, but to innovate along with a changing health care landscape. The ACA’s Medicaid health home program – which provides states with enhanced federal funding to offer a set of care coordination services to Medicaid beneficiaries living with chronic conditions – provides an opportunity to leverage the expertise and “whole person” models of care that are the hallmark of the Ryan White Program. On World AIDS Day, the Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced the Department’s increased support and commitment to working with states to ensure that this program includes people living with HIV, including codifying HIV as a qualifying condition in formal rulemaking (HIV is currently included as qualifying condition through informal guidance). It is now up to states to take advantage of this program to improve care and treatment for people living with HIV and viral hepatitis. Continue reading