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?
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 support services.
What is the Ryan White Program?
The Ryan White Program 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 at or below 400 percent
of the federal poverty
level ($48,560 for a household of one).
What services are available through the Ryan White
Program Part B?
Ryan White Program Part B provides case management and reimbursement for
medication (AIDS Drug Assistance Program or ADAP) and core and support
services. Ryan White case management includes medical and non-medical case
management, linkage and referal to medical care and support services, and
reimbursement for outpatient medical care (including dental, vision, and
mental health/substance abuse outpatient services), medical transportation,
insurance premium assistance, and emergency assistance (rent and utilities).
For more information, or to apply for the program, please contact the
management agency in your area, or call NDDoH at 800.472.2180 for more
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
Clients may also receive insurance premium assistance for Medicare Part 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
program 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 infectious
disease physicians. North Dakota does not have any Ryan White Part C clinics.
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 (e.g., 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.
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, or fill out the Common Patient
Assistance Program Application and follow the instructions to mail to each
Common Patient Assistance Program Application:
Are there support groups in North Dakota?
There are a number of
support groups scheduled for 2018 in North Dakota. For more information, contact Christopher Wegner at Family Healthcare
Center at 701.271.6373. For information on how to get transportation
assistance to attend a support group, contact your Ryan White case manager.
Where can I refer my partners for testing or get free
Free HIV and hepatitis C testing, condoms, and safer sex information are available at
Counseling, Testing and Referral (CTR) sites in North Dakota.
STD testing and other services are often available
for free or at a discounted cost.
You can also refer your partners to their private health care provider.