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Program HH (HIV/AIDS) Services

Effective Date: 6/18/2009

Review Date: 6/18/2009

Legal Authority

Ryan White HIV/AIDS Treatment Modernization Act of 2006 (Part B)


DHS uses federal and state dollars to provide eligible Minnesotans living with HIV/AIDS access to medical treatment and care. Minnesota HIV/AIDS services, commonly referred to as Program HH Services, provide HIV-positive persons who meet program eligibility guidelines access to:

  • • Dental services
  • • HIV medications and insurance benefits
  • • Mental health services
  • • Nutrition services
  • In addition to standard Program HH benefits, the HIV/AIDS Unit also funds case management and a variety of support services through federal and state dollars.

    Dental Program

    The Minnesota HIV/AIDS Dental Program pays for routine diagnostic, preventive and corrective dental procedures furnished under the supervision of an approved dentist. Procedures covered include:

  • • Amalgams
  • • Composites
  • • Crowns (with approved prior authorization)
  • • Dentures (with approved prior authorization)
  • • Exams
  • • Extractions
  • • Prophylaxis
  • • Routine root canal therapy
  • • X-rays
  • Drug Reimbursement Program

    The Minnesota HIV/AIDS Drug Reimbursement Program, also referred to as AIDS Drug Assistance Program (ADAP), provides HIV/AIDS-related prescription drugs to uninsured and underinsured persons living with HIV/AIDS. The purchase of drugs must be through an outpatient pharmacy enrolled as a Minnesota Health Care Programs provider.

    HIV-positive persons who meet program eligibility guidelines can use the drug reimbursement program to purchase medications for any of the following reasons:

  • • Help prevent the serious deterioration of health
  • • Prevent or treat opportunistic infections
  • • Treat HIV disease
  • Program HH clients are also eligible to access Medication Therapy Management (MTM) services through qualified pharmacists. MTM services help clients get the best results from medications through:

  • • Enhanced client understanding of medications
  • • Increased client adherence to medication directions
  • • Prevention of drug complications, conflict and interactions
  • Insurance Program

    The Minnesota HIV/AIDS Insurance Program pays medical insurance premiums, including, but not limited to:

  • • Conversion or individually purchased policies
  • • Insurance through the Minnesota Comprehensive Health Association (MCHA)
  • • Medicare supplement policies
  • • Policies carried through a COBRA extension
  • Mental Health Program

    The Minnesota HIV/AIDS Mental Health Program pays for limited outpatient counseling with any state-registered mental health professional who accepts Medical Assistance.

    HIV-positive persons who do not have mental health insurance coverage or have exhausted their mental health benefits may apply for mental health services.

    Nutrition Program

    The Minnesota HIV/AIDS Nutrition Program pays up to $160 each month for enteral/nutritional supplements when ordered by a physician. The purchase of these products must be through an outpatient pharmacy enrolled as a Minnesota Health Care Programs provider.

    Case Management and Support Services

    HIV case management programs work with clients to help them maintain access to health care, assistance with chemical or mental health issues, financial assistance and legal services. Case management programs must adhere to HIV Case Management Standards.

    Support services funded by the HIV/AIDS Unit are available from a variety of local providers. Support services meet a variety of needs including any of the following:

  • • Benefits counseling
  • • Emergency financial assistance
  • • Emotional support
  • • Information and referral
  • • Legal services
  • • Medical transportation
  • • Nutrition
  • • Return to work assistance
  • For more information about case management support services contact the Minnesota AIDS Project AIDSLINE at (612) 373-2437 or (800) 248-2437.

    Additional Resources

    HIV/AIDS programs
    HIV/AIDS Web Resources

    Program HH Policy Manual

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