A Bridge for ADAPs to 2014: A National Conversation

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On April 7, 2011, on behalf of the Office of HIV/AIDS Policy, I attended “A Bridge for ADAPs to 2014: A National Conversation,” an event hosted by Dr. E. Blaine Parrish, Associate Dean of the George Washington University School of Public Health and Health Services in Washington, DC. The purpose of this meeting was to bring together a broad range of stakeholders to discuss the anticipated impact of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act  (ACA) on the  AIDS Drug Assistance Program (ADAP) and to identify options that will allow ADAPs to meet growing demands for services, in advance of the full implementation of ACA in 2014. 

This important conversation took place among  representatives from national and local HIV service organizations, state AIDS directors and coordinators, HIV clinicians, administrators from health care facilities, national ADAP experts,  pharmaceutical industry representatives, and community advocates. The meeting covered topics revolving around implementation of the ACA, how ADAPs operate, and “environmental” changes on the horizon that will impact HIV/AIDS service delivery. With ADAPs continuing to experience increased demand, these types of conversations are  critical to begin formulating how ADAPs will move forward within the context of the implementation of the ACA.

Highlights of the meeting included discussions around the anticipated health impacts of ACA on uninsured and underinsured individuals, ADAP funding needs, client medication access issues, other sources of coverage for ADAP clients, Ryan White Reauthorization in 2013, and efforts to address  policy and program challenges. While many lingering questions remain, this meeting stimulated conversations on the many facets of the current ADAP situation and the Ryan White program reauthorization in light of the ACA. The meeting organizers promised to provide a summary of the discussion to share with  others in the HIV community and the larger health care and policy communities.



  1. thomas p. mcccormack says:

    I’m the Public Benefits Policy Consultant to the Community Access National Network, a national non-profit that advocates for better HIV funding and improved management of ADAPs. I also edit a monthly e-newsletter called the MEDICAID WATCH.
    Several years ago I wrote a paper outlining ways to stretch ADAP funds to meet the growing caseload and since then have regularly updated it. I’ve shared it with state AIDS staff over the years, but doubt any of them gave it the attention it deserves —much less acted on its suggestions. On top of that, state HIV staffs keep changing,and newer state HIV employees haven’t ever seen this paper or had a chance to consider and act on the cost-saving techniques it describes. Call me at (202) 479-2543 or email me at to get copies for yourself & Dr. Parrish—then read and study it and consider re-distributing it to state HIV staffs as another useful tool to meet care funding challenges while we all await January, 2014.

  2. David Shamer says:

    As a community health care activist in Baltimore, Maryland, I would be very interested in reading Mr. McCormacks’ paper. Has it been posted on this web site?

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