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Rapid ART Bridge Program

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Rapid start fact sheet

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You may qualify for temporary prescription medication coverage under the Rapid ART Bridge Program.

Individuals who are uninsured and need coverage for prescription medications related to their HIV care may be eligible for up to a 30-day supply through the Rapid ART Bridge Program.

This program can also assist with a limited number of medical services to confirm HIV diagnosis and determine appropriate HIV treatment regimens. Payments for specialty care referrals are not available at this time, although exceptions will be considered with prior authorization.

All prescriptions covered by the Rapid ART Bridge Program must be obtained through a CAREAssist In-Network Pharmacy.

Rapid ART Bridge Application - Must be completed by a licensed medical provider or Ryan White Case Manager. 

Rapid ART Bridge Program Summary and Instructions

CAREAssist In-Network Pharmacies

Rapid ART Bridge-approved Medical Services (CPT Codes)

Rapid ART Bridge-approved Medications

Sample Packs

The starting of antiretroviral treatment (ART) is a key strategy in ending the HIV epidemic.  Early initiation of ART (defined as starting ART as soon as possible after diagnosis) improves linkage to and retention in care, reduces time to viral suppression, decreases viral transmission, and decreases morbidity and mortality for people with HIV.

Sample packs are a tool for prescribers that can be used with HIV Rapid Starts.  A sample pack is 7 days of ART that providers can give at no cost while the patient applies for CAREAssist Rapid ART Bridge, CAREAssist full benefits, or other services that patients may be eligible for which will help them establish ongoing access to ART and lead to viral suppression.

This text is provided for informational purposes only.  The distribution of sample packs is not administered by the Oregon Health Authority.  CAREAssist is not responsible for nor does it specifically endorse any drug manufacturer or their products.

Providers and clinics interested in free ARV samples, click here:  ARV Sample Contacts