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Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program

Program Description

The Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program at EOHHS offers services and supports that can help Rhode Islanders with HIV/AIDS.  The Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program provides access to HIV/AIDS medications (through ADAP), outpatient health care services, oral health care, health insurance premium and cost-sharing assistance, housing services, medical nutrition therapy, food bank/home delivered meals, mental health counseling, case management, transportation to medical appointments, and emergency financial assistance.
  • AIDS Drug Assistance Program (ADAP) This drug assistance program provides FDA-approved HIV drugs to eligible individuals who have limited or no coverage from private health insurance, Medicaid or Medicare. HIV drugs are limited to those listed on the ADAP formulary.  EOHHS and the AIDS Clinical Task Force work together to determine which drugs are listed on the formulary, considering patient needs and funding availability.
  • RI-Federally Assisted Benefit Program (RI-FAB) This benefit, premium assistance and help with cost-sharing, is available for eligible individuals who qualify for the AIDS Drug Assistance Program and are uninsured or underinsured. For more information, see the RI-FAB fact sheet.  Please note: The State requires that individuals who are uninsured obtain health insurance through HealthSource RI if they are eligible. A case manager or staff person listed below can help you with the application process.
  • Consumer Advisory Board  The Executive Office of the Department of Health and Human Services funds the Rhode Island Consumer Advisory Board (CAB).  John Snow, Inc., facilitates the CAB through an agreement with EOHHS.  The Consumer Advisory Board is a group of people either living with HIV/AIDS or affected by HIV/AIDS in Rhode Island.  Our Mission:  To provide advice to the staff of the Executive Office of Health & Human Services (EOHHS), HIV Provisions of Care Program and to work collaboratively on a range of strategies, policies, and programmatic issues affecting the lives of people living with HIV/AIDS and those at risk.

What we do:  We are the voice for those who do not have one.  We work in partnership with EOHHS, HIV Provision of Care Program to provide input into the services that are important for our wellbeing.  The CAB meets every 3rd Monday of the month to discuss our three goals:

To Provide consumer input to EOHHS.

To promote consumer inclusion in the planning of provided services.

To Liaison between consumers, providers and other community-based groups.

Our Accomplishments:  Participated in Quality Management training for health care providers and worked with EOHHS on the RI Consumer Needs Assessment.  Provided feedback to EOHHS by participating in needs assessment, surveys and focus groups, ensuring people living with HIV/AIDS are involved with program development.  Trained in how to advocate for HIS services to increase resources to people living with HIV/AIDS.  Coordinated educational events living with HIV/AIDS so they can better manage their diagnosis and learn how various factors affect their health including a workshop on HIV and Aging.

Interested in joining the CAB?  Email CAB Facilitator Lucille Minuto at lucilleminuto@gmail.com.  Applications for CAB membership can be found under the resource heading.

Eligibility

To qualify, an individual would have to:

  • Be a Rhode Island resident
  • Have a documented HIV diagnosis
  • Have income at or below 500% of the federal poverty level (FPL)
  • Have a case manager (medical or non-medical) affiliated with a RI Ryan White-funded agency. See list of agencies that participate.

How to Apply

To apply for ADAP, a RI Ryan White-funded agency case manager can help clients apply. Applicants need to complete an ADAP Application and fax or mail it to EOHHS. The ADAP staff will determine the client’s eligibility. For most people, the enrollment process takes less than 48 hours. Case managers can also help people apply for the RI-FAB program. To be eligible for RI-FAB, clients need to be enrolled in the ADAP program first.

Resources

Contact Us

RI Executive Office of Health and Human Services, Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program.

 

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