October 28, 2010

October 28, 2010
Dose of Change


Welcome to another day in my life. Today is Thursday and I hope you are having a safe and great week so far.

Have you heard about Medicaid's 1115 Waiver Option? Well if you are HIV positive or if you work with people with HIV and AIDS, you need to hear about it.

AIDS Advocates Rally Support for Medicaid’s 1115 Waiver Option

Webinar on State Medicaid 1115 Waiver Option to Expand HIV Care Monday , November 15, 1:00 – 2:30 p.m. ET

From the obscure depths of Medicaid policy comes a unique opportunity for states to immediately expand access to Medicaid for people living with HIV before they become disabled. It is called the 1115 waiver and we want to tell you all about it!

Join us on Monday, November 15 (11/15, get it?) at 1:00 p.m. EST for a free webinar training session on how your state can take advantage of the 1115 waiver. To join the webinar:

1. Call in to 1-888-517-2470 and enter passcode 8583668# when prompted

2. CLICK HERE to view the presentation slides or copy and paste the following link into your web browser: https://www.conferenceplus.com/confcenter/meeting_center/default.aspx?100512&jnhst=N&o=UiWEpNTMbeLroe

The webinar will include:

1. Information on the basics of what an 1115 waiver is and the state application process for obtaining such a waiver
2. A case example from Massachusetts on how the 1115 waiver has been used to expand coverage for people living with HIV in a cost-effective way
3. Discussion of the federal and state benefits of using an 1115 waiver
4. The place of the 1115 waiver in the National HIV/AIDS Strategy
5. An update on actions taken by the federal government to promote and support state 1115 waiver applications for expanded HIV services

Just what is an 1115 waiver, anyway? Simply put, states may request permission from the federal government to use their federal Medicaid funds in creative ways to maximize the number of people who benefit from the program. The federal application process is known as an “1115 waiver.”

Once approved, states may expand coverage to low income people living with HIV who would otherwise not qualify for Medicaid. In fact, the President’s National HIV/AIDS Strategy calls on the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to “promote and support the development and expedient review of Medicaid 1115 waivers to allow States to expand their Medicaid programs to cover pre-disabled people living with HIV” by the end of 2010.

But why is this so important for people living with HIV? Currently, there is a growing access to care crisis, and public health emergency, for low-income people living with HIV. Thousands of people are currently on wait lists for help from their state’s AIDS Drug Assistance Program (ADAP), and even more face barriers gaining access to lifesaving anti-HIV medications because of ADAP cost containment measures. Without an immediate government response, the crisis will continue to grow. While the health care reform law will expand Medicaid access for most low income HIV positive people, Medicaid expansion will not occur until 2014. We cannot wait until 2014 for expanded HIV care options: AIDS advocates must act now to ensure people living with HIV have a bridge to care until 2014 when new options become available.

Join us on 11/15 at 1:00 p.m. ET to learn more about this process and how you can rally state and federal support for HIV care expansion with Medicaid’s 1115 waiver option. To participate:

1. Call in to 1-888-517-2470 and enter passcode 8583668# when prompted

2. CLICK HERE to view the presentation slides or copy and paste the following link into your web browser: https://www.conferenceplus.com/confcenter/meeting_center/default.aspx?100512&jnhst=N&o=UiWEpNTMbeLroe

This webinar is sponsored by the Treatment Access Expansion Project (taepusa.org), DOSE of CHANGE (doseofchange.org), and the Coalition for a National AIDS Strategy (nationalaidsstrategy.org). One of many groups supporting the Coalition’s efforts, Bristol-Myers Squibb has generously sponsored this teleconference, with no review or editorial discretion as to topics or content discussed.

We look forward to your input on 1115 Waiver advocacy on 11/15.

Until we meet again; here's wishing you health, hope, happiness and just enough.



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