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CDC HIV/AIDS/Viral Hepatitis/STD/TB Prevention News Update
UNITED STATES: Ramsell Partners with Arizona Department of Health Services to Expand Medication Access to HIV/AIDS Patients
Michael Woo
February 28, 2013
Reuters (02.26.13)

The Arizona Department of Health Services has contracted with Ramsell, a corporation that specializes in pharmacy-benefit management, to provide access to HIV/AIDS medications to the more than 850 HIV-infected patients who are eligible for the Arizona AIDS Drug Assistance Program (ADAP). ADAP serves low-income, HIV-infected patients who have little or no insurance or Medicaid coverage. In addition to providing ADAP pharmacy management services, Ramsell also will manage the Arizona ADAP Assist Program, which is open to “current Pre-existing Condition Insurance Plan (PCIP) enrollees.” Arizona residents eligible for PCIP include those who have not had health insurance for at least six months, people with a pre-existing condition, or individuals who have been denied insurance coverage because of a medical condition. PCIP benefits include premium, medication, and medical services co-pays. Ramsell, which also manages six other state ADAPs, developed a network of 400 Arizona pharmacies to improve Arizona ADAP-covered patients’ access to HIV/AIDS medications.