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Medicare Part D
This information is provided to you in parts, depending on your financial circumstances.

If you live with others in your household, your income levels will be different, so please contact Care Directions for help.

If you have any questions, or need help understanding how this affects you, please call Care Directions at 602-264-2273. Remember you are not alone!

Medicare Part D Hotline in Spanish - National Alliance for Hispanic Health has created a bilingual hotline to assist individuals with the Medicare Part D enrollment process. Individuals can receive 1 on 1 counseling, assistance applying for low income subsidies as well as finding a plan to meet their individual needs. Hotline is available Monday - Friday from 8:00 - 6:00 p.m. ET, 6:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Arizona Time. The number to call is 1-866-783-2645.

ATTENTION AIDS Drug Assistance Program (ADAP) News

What has changed?

Recently you may have received a letter from the State of Arizona (Arizona Department of Health Services) about changes to the drug assistance program called ADAP.  The ADAP program is reducing the number of free medications. To see if you are eligible for ADAP check out forms (Eligibility Forms)

When will the change happen?

The revised ADAP Formulary will begin June 9, 2017 and continue until further notice. We will inform you of any further changes. To view the revised see attachment  ADAP Formulary.

Where do I go to learn more about the ADAP changes?

  • Here is a link to ADHS’ Frequently Asked Questions
  • You may contact your case manager, your AZ ADAP Assist medical provider, or a service agency.
  • You may contact ADAP at (602) 364-3610 or toll free at 1-800-344-1540 or visit the ADHS website at
  • If you are a patient at the McDowell Healthcare Center you may call (602) 344-6571.
  • If you are patient at the McDowell Healthcare Center and enrolled in Medicare Part D, please call Eric Moore at (602) 344-2632.

If I am a patient at McDowell Healthcare Center what are my options?

Ryan White Part A Patients
Because you are a patient the McDowell Clinic, if you will need to buy some of these medications, MIHS has a plan to help you. MIHS enrolled you in its CopaCare Plan so you can buy medications at a lower rate. CopaCare is a plan that offers lower priced medications based on your income. This plan allows you to get some medications at MIHS pharmacies for less money.

You can buy the medications from any of our pharmacies (AZ ADAP Assist).

Medicare Part D Patients
If you are eligible for Medicare, you must sign up for Medicare Part D prescription coverage. ADAP would like to receive a copy of your Medicare prescription card or a copy of a letter from the company that provides your drug plan, if possible.

If your income is below 175% FPL, you will be required to apply for or provide a copy of your application for “Extra Help” (low-income subsidy) from the Social Security Administration (SSA) Medicare Prescription Drug Assistance Program. If needed, you can call ADAP or ask your case manager for assistance.

If this change means that you have to buy some medications, MIHS has a plan that may help you.  Because you are a patient the McDowell Clinic, you may qualify for our CopaCare Plan. CopaCare is a plan that offers lower priced medications based on your current income. This plan allows you to get some medications at MIHS pharmacies for less money.

To talk about how CopaCare and Medicare Part D and ADAP will work together, please call Eric Moore at (602) 344-2632.

Other Information

The Arizona Department of Health Services (ADHS) has sent letters to ADAP participants with information regarding drugs available through the Avella Specialty Pharmacy. Some medications that were removed from the formulary list might still be available to you (at no cost) for a limited time.

If you are low income and not eligible for AHCCCS, Arizona's Medicaid program, you may be eligible for ADAP. The state ADAP program provides medications to HIV positive people who have no health insurance and no other way to pay for the medications they need. For more information and to enroll in the program

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