The red ribbon is a global symbol of HIV/AIDS awareness and advocacy.

The red ribbon is a global symbol of HIV/AIDS awareness and advocacy.

Each month HIV service providers and members of the HIV infected and affected communities meet to exchange information and gain knowledge about HIV at the monthly meeting of the South Florida AIDS Network (SFAN). Below are the highlights of the SFAN meeting on January 10, 2014.

Integration of the Affordable Care Act with the Ryan White Care program

Joey Wynn discussed the integration of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) with the Ryan White Care (RWC) Program. About one-quarter of Ryan White clients have incomes allowing them to enroll in, and receive subsidies for, health insurance under the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Ryan White can only provide services to people with no other access to health care. Therefore, the ACA eligible Ryan White clients will have to enroll in an ACA plan. According to Joey Wynn, no client will be dis-enrolled from care in this migration. People in the AIDS Drug Assistance Program (ADAP), Ryan White, and the ACA have been working to make this transition client friendly. This does not mean that minor problems will not occur, but that people are ready and willing to help them resolve the minor problems.

Dental Care

While the ACA plans cover many health services, they do not cover dental care. Ryan White clients with ACA health plans should still receive dental care through Ryan White. For information on dental health services under Ryan White Care, or to set up an appointment, call 954-467-4700 ext. 5176.

Pharmacy Access

Several people reported that case managers had told clients that only CVS could dispense Ryan White /ADAP medications, even after the client had expressed a preference for another pharmacy. According to Joey Wynn, the ADAP program has agreed that clients should have a choice of pharmacies. If any Ryan White /ADAP client has experienced a case manager, or social worker claiming that only CVS could dispense Ryan White/ADAP medications, email a SFAN representative at HYPERLINK "mailto:This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. " This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Assistance with enrolling in the Affordable Care Act - Certified Application Counselor Program

Lisa Agate discussed a program to provide certified application counselors to assist people to enroll plans of the Affordable Care Act. This program places trained Affordable Care Act counselors throughout Broward County. For information or to set up an appointment, contact 954-561-9681 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Sunserve has a support group for people experiencing LGBT domestic or intimate partner violence. For information call 954-764-5150, Ext 160.

Next Meeting February 7, 2014 at 10 AM at the Holy Cross Healthplex, Dorothy Mangurian Comprehensive Women’s Center, 1000 NE 56th Street Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33334. These meetings are open to the public and newcomers are encouraged to attend.