The AIDS Institute at the United States Conference on AIDS 2014

The AIDS Institute at the United States Conference on AIDS in San Diego, California-October 2-5, 2014


The AIDS Institute and

AIDS Alliance for Women, Infants, Children, Youth & Families

Exhibit Booth #413

Thursday, October 2, 2014

ACA Implementation for People with HIV- Current Challenges and Opportunities for Tomorrow The AIDS Institute Partner Seminar: 2:30 pm - 5:30 pm

Location: Aqua E; Level 3

Session description: As the ACA is being implemented, The AIDS Institute and others have identified some barriers to care and treatment, including high patient cost-sharing and insufficient drug coverage. This seminar will examine these issues and efforts to improve qualified health plans including the discrimination complaint filed by The AIDS Institute and NHeLP against four plans in Florida. Speakers will also cover implementation in two states California and Florida – as well as provider perspectives, and what’s next for implementation in 2015. Additionally, we will examine how HIV testing coverage is being implemented since passage of the ACA.

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Welcome and Introduction

Carl Schmid, Deputy Executive Director, The AIDS Institute

Part I: Year One Assessment 

Overview of Key Issues

Discriminatory Plan Design Complaint

Carl Schmid

I Am (Still) Essential Coalition

Lisa Stand, Senior Policy Associate, The AIDS Institute

State Experiences and Responses

CaliforniaAnne Donnelly, Director of Health Care Policy, Project Inform – California

Florida - Michael Ruppal, Executive Director, The AIDS InstituteFlorida

Provider Perspectives

Andrea Weddle, Executive Director, HIV Medicine Association

Part II: Update on HIV Testing Coverage

Lisa Stand

Part III: Issues for ACA Implementation in 2015

Lisa Stand

Questions & Answers and Discussion Throughout

Friday, October 3, 2014

The Ryan White Work Group Presents-Funding HIV Treatment: The Future of the Ryan White Program

The Ryan White Work Group Seminar: 8:30a.m.-11:30a.m.

Location: 501C, Level 5

Presenter: Alicia Beatty, Vice President Health Initiatives, Access Matters

Capacity of Black HIV Health Service Agencies to Serve in the Era of ACA: Does Racial/Ethnic Cultural Context Matter to Access and Retention in Quality Care?

Workshop: 2:20 pm – 4:00 pm

Location: 500, Level 5

This workshop session will focus on the current capacity and infrastructure needs of Black community-based AIDS service organizations to effectively compete for funding and provide quality prevention and treatment services in the age of ACA. The workshop will also examine the factors associated with racial and cultural competence and the significance of these factors relative to access and retention in care.


Dr. Ivy Turnbull, Deputy Executive Director, AIDS Alliance for Women. Infants, Children, Youth & Families

Dr. Ron Simmons, Executive Director, Us Helping Us

Saturday, October 4, 2014

Everything You Want to Know About the Affordable Care Act: But Haven't Gotten to Ask

Seminar: 8:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

Presenter: Carl Schmid, Deputy Executive Director, The AIDS Institute

Funding the Ryan White Program Today and Tomorrow

Workshop: 2:30 pm – 4:00 p.m.

Location: 411; Level 4

Session Description: Funding of the Ryan White Program will be examined as well as the current FY15 appropriations process, which includes a proposal by the Obama Administration to defund Part D. Factors that will impact funding of the program in the future will be discussed along with the data and studies needed to determine funding in the future and efforts needed to ensure that funding is maintained.

Presenters: Carl Schmid, Deputy Executive Director, The AIDS Institute

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Strategic Approaches to Improving and Increasing Biomedical Interventions Knowledge Among Communities Interested in HIV Prevention

Workshop: 2:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Location: 202 A, Level 2

Session Description: This combined workshop will highlight the efforts to identify and generate processes and tools for increasing basic scientific literacy and increasing understanding of HIV prevention research and specific prevention modalities. In addition, the workshop will explore and provide information on biomedical HIV prevention including but not limited to prevention of mother to child transmission, PrEP, microbicides, Prevention with Positives, HIV vaccines, male circumcision and other strategies to prevent HIV transmission. This workshop will provide an overview of results from Project “PrEPUp!” an individual-level intervention designed to raise awareness and knowledge of PrEP among at-risk Black MSM, transgender MTF and heterosexual men and women.

Presenters: Russell Campbell, Community Partners Coordinator, Office of HIV/AIDS Network Coordination, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center Michelle Scavnicky, The AIDS Institute Kimberly Parker, Associate Professor and Graduate Coordinator, Department of Health Studies, Texas Woman's University

Speak Up! Assessing Initial Implementation of Health Reform for People with HIV

Workshop: 4:30 p.m.- 6:30 p.m.

Location: 500; Level 5

Presenter: Carl Schmid, Deputy Executive Director, The AIDS Institute