Ryan White HIV Care Program


The Ryan White HIV Care Program provides persons living with HIV/AIDS access to culturally and linguistically appropriate outpatient health services; AIDS Drug Assistance Program (ADAP) medications; oral health care; health insurance premium and cost-sharing assistance; housing services; medical nutrition therapy; medical case management services including treatment adherence services; medical transportation; emergency financial assistance; and non-medical case management services. HIV/AIDS disproportionately impacts low-income persons and minorities.

2010 Accomplishments and Milestones

  • Ensured that 100% of completed ADAP applications were processed within 48 hours of their receipt.
  • Increased medication disbursement through the RI AIDS Drug Assistance Program (ADAP) from 753 clients in need of like-saving HIV/AIDS medications in 2009, to 846 clients in 2010.
  • Decreased the number of ADAP clients not utilizing ADAP benefits from 267 in August 2010, to 57 in December 2010, through the provision of effective community-based follow-up services.

What We Do

The Ryan White AIDS Drug Assistance Program (ADAP) is a federally funded program administered by the Rhode Island Department of Health. The program provides FDA-approved HIV drugs to low-income people who have limited or no coverage from private insurance or Medicaid.

The ADAP program provides only HIV drugs that are listed on the ADAP Formulary. The RI Department of Health and the AIDS Clinical Task Force work together to determine which drugs are listed on the formulary, considering issues such as patient needs and funding availability.

To be eligible for the program, a person must be a Rhode Island resident, must have a documented HIV diagnosis, and have an income less than 4 times (400%) the Federal Poverty Level (FPL). For example, for a family of one, 400% of the poverty level is $43,560. For more information about the poverty guidelines, go to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Poverty Guidelines.

To apply for ADAP, the health care provider and the patient must complete an ADAP Application Form and fax it to the Department of Health. The Department of Health staff will determine the patient's eligibility for the program and contact the patient and their health care provider to inform him/her they are enrolled in the program. For most people, enrollment into ADAP takes less than 48 hours.