This article discusses the recent meetings of two HIV planning and advisory bodies in Broward. The Broward HIV Planning Council (HIVPC) is the planning body for the Ryan White Care (RWC) Program of Broward (RWC-Broward). The South Florida AIDS Network (SFAN) is the advisory body for the RWC program of the Florida Department of Health in Broward (RWC-FL DOH Broward).
At the HIVPC meeting on April 26, Josh Rodriguez reported that clients would no longer have to recertify in person. They will be able to recertify online for RWC-FL DOH and AIDS Drug Assistance Program (ADAP).
At the SFAN meeting on May 4, Wismy Cius, RWC-FL DOH Broward, distributed an official statement from the Department of Health in Tallahassee. In that statement, Patricia Ryder confirmed that RWC clients could begin this online process now. Ryder said that these clients should visit their local county ADAP staff or call 844 381-2327 to set up the necessary online accounts.
At present RWC-Broward still requires online certification.
Rodriguez reported another change. CVS Pharmacies will mail emergency prescription cards to those RWC clients without ADAP coverage. Ryder’s statement confirmed this report. She stated that these cards would allow eligible clients to receive up to 30-day emergency refills. Any pharmacy within the CVS network will honor these cards. With these cards, clients can receive two 30-day supplies within a 12-month period. RWC clients without ADAP coverage should expect these cards in the mail.
The manager of the RWC-FL DOH program, Serena Williams reported on RWF-FL DOH to SFAN. Williams reported on the Emergency Financial Assistance Program. This program pays for antiretrovirals so that people can start treatment immediately. Otherwise, they could not start treatment until their certification was complete and the pharmacy had their profile.
Several people in the audience reported problems with this program. People re-entering care still failed to obtain antiretrovirals. Pharmacy staff told these patients that the pharmacy lacked profiles for them. Without those profiles, the pharmacy could not fill their prescription. Cius, manager of this program, said that the client should contact the ADAP eligibility office to get a waiver for the profiles. Wynn argued that RWC-FL DOH should tell this to case managers.
Rodriquez gave the HIVPC meeting a previously requested report. This report summarized new HIV diagnoses in 2016 among Blacks in Broward by country of origin and by sex. New diagnosis refers to the first HIV positive test result rather than a new infection.
This report showed that not all newly diagnosed Blacks in Broward had been born in the U.S. Less than half of all newly diagnosed Black women in Broward had been born in the U.S. Among newly diagnosed Black men in Broward, slightly more than two thirds were born in the U.S. Most of these newly diagnosed Blacks born outside of the U.S came from Haiti, Jamaica, and the Bahamas in that order
This report shows country of birth, not the country of HIV transmission. People are pushed out of the Caribbean for many reasons. Many flee poverty. Many Puerto Ricans and Virgin Islanders fled environmental disasters. LGBT people have been fleeing Jamaica to escape anti-LGBT violence.
The intersection of HIV and immigration issues affects Blacks as well as Asians, Latinx, and Whites.
Broward ADAP Contact numbers
Phone: 954-467-4700, Ext: 5629 & 5630
Pharmacy: 954-467-4700, Ext: 5303 or 5300
The next SFAN Meeting will be on Friday, Friday, June 1, 2018 at 10:00 a.m., at the Holy Cross Healthplex, 1000 NE 56th Street, Ft. Lauderdale.
The next HIV PC meeting will be on May 24, 2018 at 5:30 p.m.at Good Growth Homes, 915 Middle River Dr., Fort Lauderdale.