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California AIDS Drug Assistance Program ADAP

The California AIDS Drug Assistance Program (ADAP) was established in 1987 to help ensure that HIV-positive uninsured and under-insured individuals have access to medication. Currently, over 180 drugs are available through ADAP, and there are over 3,000 pharmacies statewide where clients can access these drugs.

Frequently Asked Questions

Where can I download the 2016 Medicare Part D Premium Payment Program Application?

2016 Medicare Part D Package     You can download the package by clicking
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What is ADAP?

AIDS Drugs Assistance Programs (ADAP) are State-based programs funded in part by Title II of the Ryan White CARE Act created in 1990 by the US Congress.

ADAPs provide medications to treat HIV disease or prevent related serious deterioration of health. Drugs provided and eligibility criteria are determined state by state with a focus on serving low-income individuals.

Am I Eligible for ADAP?

You may be eligible for California ADAP services if:

  • You are a resident of the State of California
  • You are at least 18 years of age
  • You have an HIV diagnosis
  • ADAP will only process prescriptions written by a licensed California physician/prescriber
  • You have limited or no prescription drug benefit from another source
  • You have a Modified Adjusted Gross Income (MAGI) that does not exceed 500 percent of the Federal Poverty Level (FPL) per year based on family size and household income

How Do I Enroll?

You must enroll at one of the approximately 200 designated enrollment sites throughout California.

To locate the enrollment site closest to you, please enter your City or Zip code or County in the "Enrollment Site Locator" form on the left side pannel.

Which Documents Are Needed?

  • Proof of California Residence (i.e. rental agreement or utility bill in your name, identifying place of residence)
  • Picture identification (California Driver's License, California Identification card, Passport, School I.D., etc.)
  • Proof of Income (copies of either your most recent Federal or State Income Tax returns)
    • If you are not required to file a tax retrun, you must supply 3 consecutive months worth of current income documents
    • Public Assistance or Social Security Award Letters
  • Proof of Medi-Cal application (if applicable) and/or documentation of any current health insurance coverage (if applicable)
  • Letter of HIV diagnosis from your physician/prescriber
  • Lab values (CD4 and viral load counts) must be dated within 6 months

What Drugs Are Covered?

There are over 180 FDA approved drugs in the California ADAP program. To view the current list of drugs, or ADAP formulary, please choose one of the options below.

Where Can I Fill Prescriptions?

You can fill your ADAP prescriptions through any one of the more than 3,500 participating pharmacies.

To locate the pharmacy closest to you, use the Pharmacy Locator on the left panel, or call Ramsell at 1-888-311-7632.

What Are My Rights?

You have the right to apply, to appeal decisions and to receive confidential, nondiscriminatory, courteous and respectful service.

If you believe you have been denied your rights, or treated unfairly or discourteously at any point in the ADAP enrollment process, or while receiving pharmacy services, you may contact the local ADAP coordinator for your county or the State Office of AIDS at (916) 449-5900.

Does ADAP Help Pay for My Medicare Part D Premium?

You may be eligible for ADAP Medicare Part D assistance by completing and mailing the application or by visiting the Office of AIDS website address at:

Members who are in the Full Medicare Subsidy Program are not eligible for Premium Payment Assistance.

Where Can I Get More Information About HIV/AIDS in CA State?

List of California State relevant HIV/AIDS resources.

California Office of AIDS
Provides information from the California State Office of AIDS. Key features include: recent AIDS research reports; education and prevention program information; and Office of AIDS directory.

Project Inform
HIV / AIDS Advocacy organization providing useful information for people living with HIV / AIDS.

San Francisco AIDS Foundation
Provides a wide variety of useful information on the subject of AIDS including general information about AIDS, prevention information, government policy and mechanisms for taking action against AIDS.

California Health and Welfare Data Center
Easy-to-read lessons covering questions about HIV and AIDS, along with summaries of all the approved and experimental treatments. Recent news stories, community forums, and tools such as drug interactions checker and a way to graph your lab tests.
A Service of the U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services - the AIDSinfo website is organized around five main subject categories about HIV/AIDS: guidelines, drugs, vaccines, clinical trials, and education resource centers.

Living with HIV
Center for Disease Control and Prevention
Frequently asked questions on HIV and AIDS treatment. Information about anti-HIV drugs, combination therapy, groups, names of antiretroviral drugs, the main type of treatment for HIV or AIDS.

The Body: An HIV/AIDS Information Resource
This website attempts to lower barriers between patients and clinicians by demystifying HIV/AIDS and its treatment. Content includes current news stories, an "Ask the Expert" forum, and a list of frequently asked questions.

The Momentum Project Inc.
The Momentum AIDS Project Nutrition News section is filled with information about the basics of HIV/AIDS nutrition, as well as covering exercise, food safety and budgeting issues.

HIV Clinical Resource NY State Dept. of Health AIDS Institute
A collaborative effort between the New York State Department of Health AIDS Institute, Office of the Medical Director and the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Division of Infectious Diseases. This web site has been developed as a central, on-line resource that equips individuals who provide services to people with HIV infection with current, state-of-the-art tools to ensure delivery of the highest quality HIV clinical care.
Access a wealth of information on HIV drug interactions. The dynamically driven process allows you to build your own customised drug interaction chart, giving detailed information on predicted interactions of specified multiple drug combinations.

HIV Medication Guide
Drug interactions, patient information pamphlets, and the drug administration schedule developed by pharmacists Antony Gagnon and Rachel Therrien. Information available on this site in English, Spanish and French.

Women, Children and HIV
A library of practically applicable materials on HIV infection in women and children HIV/AIDS statistics for U.S. women. The goal of this site is to contribute to an improvement in the scale and quality of international HIV/AIDS prevention, care, and treatment programs for women and children by increasing access to authoritative HIV/AIDS information.

Women Alive
Resources by and for women with HIV/AIDS. A national treatment-focused organization by and for women living with HIV/AIDS.

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