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HarborPath Creates a Single Portal for Uninsured Individuals to Access HIV/AIDS Medications
Date:7/19/2012

ate that the number of people living with HIV/AIDS in the United States is 1.2 million.[i] According to the Institute of Medicine, 325,000 of those 1.2 million people are uninsured and are not supported by federal programs like Medicaid or Medicare.[ii] The economic downturn has caused such programs, including the AIDS Drug Assistance Programs (ADAP) to lower the income eligibility levels required for participation, resulting in an unknown but potentially significant number of individuals who are no longer able to receive their medications through these systems.

Murray Penner, Deputy Executive Director at NASTAD, said, "Under the current PAP process, an individual or their case manager has to apply separately to each company's program for these medications, which can be complex and time-consuming. Thankfully, individuals are living longer with HIV/AIDS due to combination antiretroviral treatments. Missing doses or failing to fill prescriptions because of complications sometimes associated with these processes may result in serious health consequences, or even death, in addition to increased transmission of the virus. HarborPath is designed to address this urgent need in the United States."

A New Solution to Access HIV/AIDS Medications

"Pharmaceutical company-sponsored prescription assistance programs serve as an invaluable safety net for low-income, uninsured individuals," said Ken Trogdon, Jr., President of HarborPath. "Our program will simplify the process for the thousands of individuals living with HIV/AIDS who fall out of the system. HarborPath has evolved from discussions and requests from the community and the industry for a collaborative, seamless solution for the uninsured."

The goal of HarborPath is to get all HIV/AIDS medications into the program and serve uninsured individuals with:

  • An easy-to-use website with a 'single' portal to determine eligibility for the program and fulf
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