In order to qualify for services of the Ryan White Part A Program, you will need to meet certain eligibility requirements. The requirements are the same for all individuals and are clearly defined. As a potential consumer, please work closely with your provider(s) to supply the necessary information to certify your eligibility. Otherwise, you may be missing out on the services that you need.
Three components must be addressed in order to receive services. They are:
- Disease Status
All three require specific documentation that will be maintained in the offices of the provider. It is important for you, the consumer, to maintain copies of these documents as well.
Disease Status comes first. You, the client, must be identified as HIV positive. Four types of documents with your name are acceptable as proof:
- Positive ELISA with confirming Western Blot test results
- Either RNA-PCR or Branched DNA (BDNA) test showing HIV virus
- Certified Ryan White Part A referral form from a Ryan White Part A-funded agency
- Notice of Eligibility Letter by Florida Department of Health Bureau of HIV/AIDS, HIV/AIDS Patient Care Programs.
Most importantly, anonymous testing of HIV/AIDS will not be accepted.
The second area of documentation is Residency. Documents typically accepted to prove residency include a utility bill, rental agreement, voter’s registration, or a driver’s license. If you lack a permanent address, you will be required to demonstrate homelessness or other residency status.
Thirdly, income level must be established. In this case, many forms of proof are acceptable, such as bank statements, pay stubs, or unemployment income. If you declare no income, this situation must also be verified by documentation. This proof could take the form of a letter from a supporter, a document by a contract administrator, or a statement by a case manager or eligibility worker. This form of documentation is only considered in limited cases.
In any case, you will want to work closely with a provider to maintain proper documentation. The effort that it takes to produce the proper documentation is well worth it, and it helps to keep everyone honest. These services are not available to everyone, and they should go directly to the people who need them the most. Please take the time to help your providers to meet the requirements of the Care Act, and everyone involved will benefit.
For more information about Ryan White Part A services and eligibility contact 954-357-5390.