Patient Resources for Persons Living with HIV

Today, an estimated 1.2 million people are living with HIV in the United States. Thanks to better treatments, people with HIV are now living longer and with a better quality of life than ever before. If you are living with HIV, it's important to make choices that keep you healthy and protect others.

I'm Positive, Now What Fact Sheet


What support services are available?

The Ryan White Program assists North Dakota residents living with HIV or AIDS with incomes at or below 400 percent of the federal poverty level (FPL) to access confidential health and supportive services.

What is the Ryan White Program?

The Ryan White Part B Program (Ryan White HIV/AIDS Treatment Extension Act of 2009) is a federal program administered by the HIV/AIDS Bureau (HAB), Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) designed to provide a comprehensive system of care including primary medical care and essential support services for low-income people living with HIV.

North Dakota receives Part B funding which is administered by the North Dakota Department of Health (NDDoH), HIV/STD/TB/Viral Hepatitis Program.

To qualify for North Dakota Ryan White Program, an individual must:

  • be HIV positive
  • be a resident of North Dakota, and
  • have a gross household income below 400 percent of the federal poverty level ($48,240 for a household of one).

What services are available through the Ryan White Part B Program?

Ryan White services include medication assistance through AIDS Drug Assistance Program (ADAP), case management services, reimbursement for outpatient medical (including dental, vision and mental health/substance abuse) assistance, reimbursement for transportation to medical appointments, insurance premium assistance, and emergency assistance (rent and utilities). Each client has a case manager to conduct an assessment of their needs and provide referrals to health care and other necessary support services. Case manager ensures that the client has access to and remains retained in medical care and treatment. Ryan White is the payer of last resort, and clients are required to enroll in private insurance, Medicaid, or Medicare if eligible. For more information, or to apply for the program, please contact a case manager in your area, or call 800.472.2180 for more information.

List of Case Management Agencies

What is the AIDS Drug Assistance Program (ADAP)?

AIDS Drug Assistance Program (ADAP) helps ensure that people living with HIV and AIDS who are uninsured or underinsured gain access to medications for the treatment of HIV and related conditions. ADAP will cover the full cost of the medications on the ADAP formulary for the uninsured clients, and assist with the copays, deductibles, and insurance premiums for the insured clients. Medications are reimbursed at Medicaid rates, and can be obtained at any North Dakota Medicaid participating pharmacy.

ADAP Formulary

Clients may also receive insurance premium assistance for Medicare D and for Marketplace plans (if they are not eligible for employer based coverage, Medicaid, Medicare, or other public coverage). For more information, contact a case manager in your area.

Is there housing assistance available?

Housing Opportunities for People with HIV/AIDS (HOPWA) is a federal that offers housing assistance and case management to low income HIV/AIDS positive individuals. The North Dakota program is referred to as Tri-State Housing Environment for Living Positively (HELP). Interested persons should contact the Community Action Agency in Bismarck at 701.258.2240.

Where can I find an HIV healthcare provider?

All HIV-related medical care in North Dakota is provided by the infectious disease physicians. North Dakota does not have any Ryan White Part C clinics.

List of Infectious Disease Physicians

What other medical assistance is available?

The cost of medical care and treatment for HIV may be a deterrent for those that are uninsured or underinsured and do not qualify for Ryan White or public programs such as Medicaid or Medicare. The following options are available to obtain health coverage, or assistance with the cost of medication through the drug manufacturing company.

Individuals and families that are not eligible for public programs (i.e., Medicaid or Medicare), or have affordable employer coverage offered to them, can apply for health insurance through the Marketplace at www.healthcare.gov or by calling 1.880.318.2596.

For assistance with applying, selecting a plan, or determining eligibility for tax credits, contact a navigator through one of the following organizations:

North Dakota Navigator Project: www.ndcpd.org/navigator/

Family HealthCare Center
301 Northern Pacific Avenue #2
Fargo, ND 58102
701.271.3344

Great Plains Tribal Chairmen's Health Board (GPTCHB)
Tinka Duran
1.877.209.1215
navigator@gptchb.org

What are Patient Assistance Programs (PAPs)?

Patient Assistance Programs provide assistance with covering the cost or co-pay associated with HIV medications. Uninsured or underinsured individuals can contact their pharmacy or the drug manufacturer for information on available assistance.

National Alliance of State and Territorial AIDS Directors (NASTAD) has developed the Common Patient Assistance Program Application, which is to be completed and faxed or mailed to each drug company the individual is requesting assistance from.

Common Patient Assistance Program Application: https://www.nastad.org/sites/default/files/PAP_form_interactive.pdf

Are there support groups in North Dakota?

There are support groups for persons living with HIV throughout North Dakota. Contact Christopher Wegner at Family Healthcare Center at 701.271.6373 for more information.

Where can I get free condoms?

Free condoms, along with dental dams and lube, are available at counseling, testing and referral (CTR) sites.

Where can I refer my partners for testing?

Free HIV testing is available at counseling, testing and referral (CTR) sites in North Dakota. STD testing and other services are often available at these sites. You can also refer your partners to their private health care provider.


Risk Assessment

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