Minnesota’s AIDS Drug Assistance Program (Program HH) is available for Minnesotans living with HIV/AIDS. Program HH is administered by the Minnesota Department of Human Services (DHS). There are several parts to Program HH:
Medication Assistance: The AIDS Drug Assistance Program (ADAP) assists with the cost of all medications allowed through the State Medicaid Program, with the exception of IV infused medications, over-the-counter medications, and controlled substances such as opioid pain medications and benzodiazepines. ADAP can supplement your Medicare, employer-sponsored insurance, or other private insurance down to a copay of $1 for generic medications and $3 for name-brand medications. ADAP is also accessible to those who may be uninsured or experiencing a gap in coverage. You can view the formulary online by going to the HIV/AIDS section of the DHS website and visiting Programs and Services.
Dental Program: The Dental Program pays for routine diagnostic, preventative, and corrective dental procedures provided by an approved dentist. If you do not have other dental insurance, the Dental Program will cover your entire dental costs. If you have dental insurance, the Dental Program will cover your deductibles, copays, and coinsurance. Certain procedures require prior authorization. You must see a dentist that accepts Program HH coverage. For dental referrals, please call the AIDSLine: (612) 373-2437.
Insurance Program: The Insurance Program pays premiums for select insurance policies offered on MNsure and the private insurance market, when applicable. Additionally, Program HH pays for select Medicare Advantage Plans for those ineligible for assistance through Social Security Extra Help. You can contact a Rainbow Health benefits counselor for more information on the current select policies and for enrollment assistance. Program HH also covers the MA-EPD premiums of eligible clients. Clients eligible for COBRA will be asked to enroll in a private or public health plan through MNsure.
Mental Health Program: The Mental Health Program pays for individual and group outpatient counseling and assessments with any approved state-registered mental health professional. The program can pay for all of the cost of services or copays. Prior authorization is not required for either individual or group outpatient counseling, but your provider must accept Program HH coverage. If you have any other type of insurance, your mental health provider must also be in network with that coverage. Please note that Program HH is not currently able to pay for medication management appointments with a psychiatrist.
Nutritional Supplement Program: This program covers up to $100 per month towards an enteric nutritional supplement that is on the Program HH formulary. In order to receive assistance through the Nutritional Supplement Program, you must meet with a dietician and fill out a prior authorization form. You can download this form by going to the HIV/AIDS section of the DHS website and visiting Programs and Services.
In order to qualify for Program HH, you must be HIV positive, earn less than 400% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines (*link to year’s FPG chart*). There is no asset limit for program eligibility. If you are eligible for another Minnesota Health Care Program, Program HH will require you to apply for that program as Program HH must be the payer of last resort.
How to Apply
Contact DHS for an application:
Minnesota Department of Human Services
PO Box 64972
St. Paul, MN 55164-0972
Phone: (651) 431-2414 or (800) 657-3761
Fax: (651) 431-7414
You may also download Program HH applications online. Program HH enrollees must reapply every six months and must report changes in income or household composition as they occur. You may either download the six-month renewal form or complete and submit directly online. For more information on Program HH, visit the DHS website, or contact the Benefits Counseling Program at the Minnesota AIDS Project. You can also schedule an appointment with a benefits counselor for in-person assistance with completing and submitting your application: (612) 373-2468.