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    DSHS HIV/STD Program

    Post Office Box 149347, MC 1873
    Austin, Texas 78714

    Phone: (512) 533-3000

    E-mail the HIV/STD Program

    E-mail data requests to HIV/STD Program

    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.

HIV Patient Assistance Programs (PAP)

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Referring Eligible Clients to PAP ensures Ryan White is used as payor of last resort.

What is PAP?

A PAP is a Patient Assistant Program. Patient assistance programs are run by pharmaceutical companies to provide free medications to people who cannot afford to buy their medicine.

Definition:

This program is designed to provide HIV clients with sources to provide additional assistance to pay part or all of the cost of their HIV medications. This assistance is in addition to and separate from the assistance provided by the AIDS Drug Assistance Program (ADAP), a federal grant program. It is important to note that this program is not part of a state system (SPAP), but could be funded by national or multi-national concerns. ADAP helps ensure that underserved and uninsured individuals living with HIV/AIDS have access to life-saving medications. The use of these resources transfers some of the financial burden from ADAP to the private sector.

Successful Assistance:

DSHS and several Administrative Agencies utilize various HIV PAP programs extending the ability to provide medication to more HIV patients with the limited funds available. DSHS is continuously identifying additional sources of new funding to expand the level of medication coverage the state is able to provide.

One of the Tarrant County providers has an on going HIV PAP activity that augmented their ability to provide HIV Medications by $409,000.00 for the 2010 award year. This program was managed by the Medical Case Managers (MCM). They explored and identified numerous sources and methods to maximize their funding for medications. One of the sites used is www.rxassist.org to find sources for their clients. Others have been identified and used successfully, such as - Dallas County.

Links:

HIV Patient Assistance Programs (PAP) information for consumers
HIV Co-pay and Patient Assistance Programs (PDF : 14 kb)
Payor of Last Resort (PDF : 567 kb) presentation by Paula McNeely of Tarrant County Public Health
www.rxassist.org
www.access2wellness.com
www.myrxadvocate.com
www.freemedicinefoundation.com


Additional links may be identified via internet searches. Also additional links to be added as identified; please check back frequently and if you are aware of any links not identified please contact .



Last updated November 28, 2011