HEAR. HELP. HEAL. HOPE.
The ADAP Advocacy Association
(aaa+®) mission is to promote
and enhance the AIDS Drug Assistance Programs (ADAPs) and improve access
to care for persons living with HIV/AIDS.
aaa+® works with advocates,
community, health care, government, patients, pharmaceutical companies and
other stakeholders to assure that access to services recognize and afford
persons living with HIV/AIDS to enjoy a healthy life.
aaa+® is the only national
grassroots organization focused exclusively on ADAPs and ensuring that there
are adequate resources nationwide to eliminate or prevent waiting lists for
services. Our purpose is to better engage people living with HIV/AIDS by
providing a platform whereby they can offer their personal experiences,
challenges, knowledge, insight and solutions to solving this perpetual problem.
Advocacy Association Releases 2013 Annual Report; Accomplishments tempered
by return of more ADAP waiting lists
WASHINGTON, D.C. (April 8, 2014) The ADAP Advocacy Association, also
known as aaa+®, today released it 2013 Annual Report. Whereas the AIDS
Drug Assistance Program waiting lists were finally eliminated last year,
significant fiscal pressures continue to restrict access to appropriate,
timely care and treatment in many states. The implementation of the Affordable
Care Act is expected to provide some relief, but uncertainty also remains
over the possible unintended consequences of the law.
United Healthcare Does 180 Degree on Mail Order
A lawsuit filed in June 2013 by Consumer Watchdog and handled by national
law firm Whatley Kallas, LLC in Orange County federal court has reached a
settlement, bringing welcome news to many United Healthcare policy holders
living with HIV/AIDS. The class action lawsuit was filed against the
nations largest health insurance company.
In the lawsuit, Consumer Watchdog alleged that the insurance giant was illegally
forcing its policy holders living with HIV/AIDS to order their prescription
medications through their own in-house mail-order pharmacy. When United
Healthcare made the decision, these policy holders were forced to make a
choice: Transfer their prescriptions to its in-house mail-order pharmacy
or pay thousands of dollars out of pocket to continue their relationships
with their local retail pharmacists.
ADAPs with Waiting Lists
(3 individuals in 1 state(s), as of February 19,
Source: The ADAP Watch, National Alliance of State
& Territorial AIDS Directors (NASTAD),
Utah established a new waiting list on February 19, 2014.
Ten ADAPs have had cost-containment measures in place since April 1, 2013
(reported as of February 4, 2014).
Louisiana reports considering implementing new or additional cost-containment
measures by the end of ADAPs current fiscal year (March 31, 2014).
Seven ADAPs reported modifying or eliminating existing cost-containment measures
since April 1, 2013 (reported as of February 4, 2014).
Wyoming eliminated their enrollment cap on November 21, 2013.
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