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Author Topic: HIV care in California (Santa Barbara)  (Read 1644 times)

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Offline leximancer

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HIV care in California (Santa Barbara)
« on: November 14, 2008, 05:09:09 PM »
I'm looking to move to Santa Barbara, CA from Austin, TX.  I'm currently uninsured and seeing a doctor at the David Powell Clinic, which gives me care regardless as to whether I can pay for the already discounted price.  In addition, the state of Texas pays for all but $5 of the costs of my meds.  My questions are:

(1) Are there programs in California that allow me to get my meds at a discount?
(2) Are there programs in California that give me good health care at a discount?
(3) Is there a clinic in Santa Barbara that specializes in HIV where I could be seen on a budget?

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Re: HIV care in California (Santa Barbara)
« Reply #1 on: November 14, 2008, 06:56:13 PM »
I'm looking to move to Santa Barbara, CA from Austin, TX.  I'm currently uninsured and seeing a doctor at the David Powell Clinic, which gives me care regardless as to whether I can pay for the already discounted price.  In addition, the state of Texas pays for all but $5 of the costs of my meds.  My questions are:

(1) Are there programs in California that allow me to get my meds at a discount?
(2) Are there programs in California that give me good health care at a discount?
(3) Is there a clinic in Santa Barbara that specializes in HIV where I could be seen on a budget?

There are a lot of programs in California.

1) For meds, look into ADAP. The qualification is mainly income-based. Basically, if you make under $50,000, you get free meds.

2) You can get free HIV care under Ryan White at most county clinics in California. This is not necessarily good healthcare, nor is it complete healthcare. But it's one option to explore.

You can also apply for MRMIP - see http://www.mrmib.ca.gov/ - and obtain insurance coverage that way. This is a statewide program . http://www.mrmib.ca.gov/MRMIB/MRMIPBRO.pdf . There is a waiting list . I would say that is good coverage. You get to choose your insurer.

There are also other programs if you are disabled, such as the HIPP program.
If you are going to be working in California, getting insurance through your employer is of course a very good way.

3) I am not in the Santa Barbara area so I can't answer that. Hopefully somebody else will chime in.

Offline HollyStar

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Re: HIV care in California (Santa Barbara)
« Reply #2 on: November 15, 2008, 01:23:59 AM »
madbrain offers some great info. I would also look into Medi-Cal, the state insurance for low-income. I have CMSP (County Medical Service Provider) and almost everything is free(I even get to see an HIV specialist. When I need HIV meds I believe that I will have to apply for ADAP as well. I hope that you have as little stress as possible in your move. Take care.



P.S. I live in the very northern part of California.
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Re: HIV care in California (Santa Barbara)
« Reply #3 on: November 15, 2008, 04:10:25 PM »
Both Madbrain and Hollystar have wrapped it up pretty well, there are a lot of programs in California to help with HIV treatment and care.  To find some more specific information on Santa Barbara, there is an ASO link on the AIDSMeds Home page where you can find services specific to a community.   ;D  Have the best day
Michael

Offline Basquo

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Re: HIV care in California (Santa Barbara)
« Reply #4 on: November 16, 2008, 07:25:42 PM »
Good luck in California! I've hear it's a permanent drought in Santa Barbara, but it's been a drought in Austin for a couple of years so it won't be much difference.

Take care of yourself.  Big moves are not easy for me; hell, even moves across town make me cringe, so I admire anyone who can pick up and move out of state. Texas will miss you! Hang on to your driver's license, so you can come back if the economy truly crashes and we decide to secede.

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Re: HIV care in California (Santa Barbara)
« Reply #5 on: November 21, 2008, 03:22:01 PM »
Over a thousand homes burned in Santa Barbara during last weeks firestorm.  Finding housing will be difficult.  You might have better luck going South on the 405, closer to L.A.  ;D  Have the best day
Michael

Offline leximancer

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Re: HIV care in California (Santa Barbara)
« Reply #6 on: November 21, 2008, 03:28:08 PM »
Thanks for all the information, especially madbrain and HollyStar.  Sonomabeach, I've already got housing lined up, and hopefully by the time I'm looking to move out of that apartment, things will be a bit better.

 


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