The Food and Drug AdministrationFor more detail about the drug approval process, visit the pages on the FDA Web site listed below. They include graphic flow-charts of various stages of the process:
The FDA offers a number of free email lists at this site: www.fda.gov/emaillist.html. Click on "FDA HIV/AIDS" to subscribe to the list that emails you information about HIV/AIDS-related products and issues, including approvals, label changes, safety warnings, and notices of upcoming public meetings.
Medicaid and MedicareFor detailed descriptions of Medicaid and Medicare, visit the Kaiser Family Foundation at www.kff.org. For state-specific information, go to www.statehealthfacts.org. You might also want to visit the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services:
For help enrolling in your state's Medicaid program, go to your local AIDS service or other community-based organization. A benefits counselor can be extremely helpful with this process, since it usually requires quite a lot of paperwork. You can also call your State Department of Health to reach the appropriate department that can help you.
For more information on Medicare benefit advocacy, visit the HIV Medicine Association Web site at www.hivma.org. Go to "Advocacy" at the top of the page and click on "Medicare."
The HIV Medicare and Medicaid Working Group is made up of national and regional HIV/AIDS organizations. To participate, email Project Inform's Treatment Action Network at firstname.lastname@example.org or The Access Project at email@example.com.
The Ryan White CARE ActFor detailed information about the CARE Act, visit: http://hab.hrsa.gov/history.htm.
This U.S. Department of Health and Human Services site has lots of information, including the history, funding, and populations served by the CARE Act over the years.
ADAPFor detailed information about ADAP, visit the National ADAP Monitoring Project at: www.atdn.org/access/adap/index.html.
For help enrolling in your state's ADAP, it might be best to go to your local AIDS service or other community-based organization. There isn't usually a lot of paperwork, but during a time of stress, having someone help you with it can be invaluable. You could also call your State Department of Health to reach the appropriate person or people who can help you. The following Web sites have information about each state ADAP:
This article was provided by AIDS Community Research Initiative of America. It is a part of the publication ACRIA Update. Visit ACRIA's website to find out more about their activities, publications and services.