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    DSHS HIV/STD Program

    Post Office Box 149347, MC 1873
    Austin, Texas 78714

    Phone: (512) 533-3000

    DSHS strives to respond to all email requests in a timely manner. It is important to note, however, that messages that you send to us by email may not be secure and may be intercepted by a third party. Therefore, we recommend that you do not send any confidential health information to us by email.

Texas HIV Medication Program – The Texas HIV SPAP

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The Texas HIV Medication Program (THMP) is proud to offer the Texas HIV State Pharmaceutical Assistance Program (SPAP), which began operating on January 1, 2008. The Texas SPAP was developed to help HIV-positive individuals with their out-of-pocket costs associated with Medicare Part D prescription drug plans, including co-payments, deductibles, coinsurance, and during the coverage gap (the “donut hole”).

Current THMP recipients with Medicare were transitioned to the new Texas HIV SPAP after an enrollment process was completed. This process included applying for the Low Income Subsidy (Extra Help) through the Social Security Administration, submitting the SPAP enrollment form to the THMP and choosing a Medicare Part D prescription drug plan for those not enrolled in a plan. Once eligible individuals were enrolled in the SPAP, they no longer receive medications from the THMP. Enrollees use approved retail or mail order pharmacies to fill all of their medications provided by their Medicare Part D prescription drug plan, including medications to treat HIV as well as medications to help with side effects and other conditions related to HIV.

Ramsell Corporation, a pharmacy benefit manager, manages the Texas HIV SPAP through a contract with the Texas Department of State Health Services. Ramsell's contract responsibilities include managing the pharmacy network and administering the payments made to the Medicare Plans on behalf of the Texas HIV SPAP.

If you have questions or concerns, please call Ramsell Corporation at 1-888-311-7632. You can also call the Texas HIV Medication Program (THMP) at 1-800-255-1090 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Ramsell Corporation website [Ramsell Corporation]


The following files are available for viewing and downloading:

HIV SPAP Fact Sheet (PDF : 135 kb) - An informative guide providing a general overview of the HIV SPAP as it relates to clients with Medicare in Texas receiving aid through the Texas HIV Medication Program. (updated September 2012)

HIV SPAP Application Form (PDF : 74 kb) - THMP applicants with MEDICARE should fill out this supplemental one-page application form. Individuals with Medicare who are eligible for assistance from the THMP will be enrolled in the HIV State Pharmaceutical Assistance Program (SPAP) to obtain their medications. The SPAP is designed to provide help with co-pays, coinsurance and gap coverage associated with a Medicare Part D prescription drug plan. If you have questions about the SPAP or this application please call 1-800-255-1090. If you are not already enrolled in the THMP, you must also fill out the full THMP application.


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Last updated April 23, 2014