The South Florida AIDS Network (SFAN) functions as the networking and advisory body for the Florida-Department of Health, Ryan White Care (FL-DOH RWC) grant in Broward County.
Its monthly meetings are open to the public.
This meeting discussed changes in FL-DOH RWC, and heard a report from Broward RWC (Ryan White Care).
Justin Bell, Florida Department of Health Broward (FL-DOH), reported on changes to its bus pass program. Rather than a monthly bus pass, it will provide a daily bus pass for each day with an appointment for RWC services. Legally, RWC cannot pay for a service if some other payer could pay for that service. Broward County has a daily bus pass program
Josh Rodriguez, FL-DOH, reported on the AIDS Drug Assistance Program (ADAP) program. Florida has again selected CVS as the Pharmacy Benefits Manager for ADAP, but now CVS will allow other pharmacies to join its network.
Rodriguez clarified pharmacy complaint procedures. If RWC clients have problems with pharmacy services, they should complain to the pharmacy manager. If RWC clients have problems with their insurance payments, they should complain to their insurer. If ADAP pays their pharmacy bills and they have payment issues, they should contact Rodriguez at 954-467-4700 ext. 2530.
CVS will no longer process United Health Care (UHC) claims. If RWC clients with UHC have paid their out-of-pocket maximum, they can go to any pharmacy. If RWC clients with UHC have not yet paid their out-of-pocket maximum, they should go to the DOH pharmacy on 2421 SW 6th Ave, Fort Lauderdale at SW 24th St.
Rodriguez also reported that a pilot program will pay for two HEP C drugs, Viekira Pak and Harvoni. Eligible people must be ADAP eligible, non-cirrhotic and co-infected with HIV and HEP C (Genotype 1a and 1b). Their physician has to request their entry to this program.
Mara Michniewicz, Florida HIV Prevention Program Manager, phoned in from Tallahassee. She discussed HIV Prevention funding. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has a 5-year cooperative agreement with Florida. It pays Florida $34.8 million per year to prevent new HIV cases. Florida also receives an additional $4.3 M in HIV prevention funding. This state manages 89 HIV prevention contracts.
Michniewicz noted major problems with Post Exposure Prophylaxis (PEP) among providers and emergency rooms. They lack knowledge about PEP. She stressed the need to educate these groups to increase use of PEP.
Leonard Jones reported on Broward.RWC. While 7,962 clients had enrolled in Contract Year (CY) 2014/2015, only 7,782 clients had enrolled in CY 2015/2016. Jones attributed the decline in enrollment to the Affordable Care Act moving people from a public program, RWC, to private insurance.
Jones reported that Broward RWC would have its own chapter in the statewide Integrated HIV Prevention/Treatment Plan, due this September. He will post the Broward Chapter on the Internet in August for public comment. Joey Wynn stressed that while it was too late to be part of the planning process for this year, “SFAN expects to be part of next planning process.” Wynn emphasized the necessity to bring all the stakeholders to the table. Jones said that the issue was goals and objectives and “how we move forward with meaningful implementation.”
SFAN has one representative and one alternate to the statewide Florida Comprehensive Planning Network (FCPN). The current representative is Kim Saiswick, and the alternate, Joey Wynn. Saiswick serves as the chair of FCPN as well as the Broward representative. SFAN will elect, at its August meeting, its representatives for the next term.
Next SFAN Meeting: Friday, August 5, 2016, at 10:00 a.m., at the Holy Cross Healthplex, 1000 NE 56th Street, Ft. Lauderdale. Newcomers are encouraged to attend.