Medicaid, Ryan White Program Collaboration Can Improve Access to HIV Care

Through their Medicaid and Ryan White HIV/AIDS Programs, states play an integral role in ensuring access to care for people living with HIV.

Through their Medicaid and Ryan White HIV/AIDS Programs, states play an integral role in ensuring access to care for people living with HIV. In a 3-part series, the National Academy for State Health Policy explored how states can use policy levers to more effectively utilize limited resources and provide better care, improve care coordination services, and ensure consistent access to care for people living with HIV.

Collaboration between the 2 programs is crucial and can help states minimize duplication and fragmentation of services and ensure that resources are used more effectively, the authors of the series argue.

Improving collaboration between Medicaid and AIDS Drug Assistance Programs

Similar to Medicaid, the Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program serves low-income people, providing medical care, prescription drugs, and supportive services for people living with HIV.

A major component of the Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program is the AIDS Drug Assistance Programs, which provides a safety net for those not eligible for Medicaid by offering prescription drugs, as well as assistance with health insurance premiums and drug cost-sharing.

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