• DSHS HIV/STD Program
    Post Office Box 149347, MC 1873
    Austin, TX 78714

    Phone: 737-255-4300

    Email the HIV/STD Program

    Email HIV, STD, Hepatitis C, and TB data requests to the Program – Use this email to request Texas HIV, STD, Hepatitis C, and TB data and statistics. Do not use this email to request treatment or infection history for individuals, or to request information on programs or services. Do not email personal, identifying health information such as HIV status, date of birth, or Social Security Number.

    For treatment/testing history, please contact your local health department.

    For information on HIV testing and services available to persons living with HIV, please contact your local HIV services organization.


Medicare Part D

Policy Number  700.005
Effective Date  June 14, 2006
Revision Date  April 1, 2015
Subject Matter Expert Texas HIV Medication Program Manager
Approval Authority  HIV/STD Prevention and Care Branch Manager
Signed by  Shelley Lucas, M.P.H.

1.0 Purpose

The purpose of this policy is to ensure HIV-infected Medicare eligible clients have continued access to medications.


2.0 Authority

Ryan White Care Act, 2000; Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services


3.0 Background

On January 1, 2006, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services introduced prescription drug coverage for all people with Medicare. This benefit is called Medicare Part D and is being marketed to the public as Medicare Prescription Drug Benefit. Insurance companies and other private companies are working with Medicare to offer a variety of plans. This benefit is provided through Prescription Drug Plans (PDP), Medicare Advantage Plans (MA), and some employers and unions for their retirees. Medicare Part D offers comprehensive drug coverage for prescription drugs including HIV medications.


4.0 Definitions

Medicare - A federally-funded health insurance program for people age 65 or older, people under age 65 with certain disabilities, and people of all ages with end-stage renal disease.

Low-Income Subsidy (Extra Help) - A federal program administered by the Social Security Administration that assists with the out-of-pocket costs associated with Medicare Part D.

Medicare Savings Programs - A federal program that assists with out-of-pocket costs associated with Medicare Part B. This includes the following benefits: Medicaid and Qualified Medicare Beneficiary (MQMB), Qualified Medicare Beneficiaries (QMB), Specified Low-Income Medicare Beneficiaries (SLMB), and Qualified Individuals (QI). Individuals who receive these benefits are automatically approved for the Low-Income Subsidy.

Wrap Around Resources - Services from Ryan White financial assistance and state-funded agencies that can be provided to Medicare beneficiaries to help pay for out-of-pocket costs associated with Medicare Part D including premiums, deductibles, co-pays and/or coinsurance.


5.0 Policy

Medicare beneficiaries who qualify for the full low-income subsidy must be enrolled in a Medicare Part D Prescription Drug Plan (PDP) and access medications through their PDP prior to receiving medication assistance from Ryan White and/or state-funded providers.


6.0 Persons Affected

This policy affects HIV-infected Medicare beneficiaries seeking medication assistance from Ryan White and/or state-funded providers.


7.0 Revision History

Date Action Section
4/1/2015 Update references and delete changed procedures. All
10/7/2014 Converted format (Word to HTML) -



Last updated May 21, 2021