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The Minnesota Department of Human Services provides services for more than one million Minnesotans in 87 counties and 11 tribes.


Minnesota AIDS Drug Assistance Program

Program info

The AIDS Drug Assistance Program (ADAP) provides HIV/AIDS-related prescription drugs to uninsured and underinsured individuals living with HIV/AIDS.

ADAP funds are used to provide medications to treat HIV disease, or to prevent the serious deterioration of health, including measures for the prevention and treatment of opportunistic infections. As a payer of last resort, ADAP only serves individuals who have neither public nor private insurance or cannot get all of their medication needs met through their insurance payer.

In Minnesota, ADAP funds are used to both purchase drugs and to purchase cost-effective insurance.

AIDS Drug Assistance Programs are authorized under Title II of the Ryan White Comprehensive AIDS Resources Emergency (CARE) Act of 1990 (reauthorized in 1996 and 2000). ADAPs are not entitlement programs but are dependent on federal and state discretionary funding, which determines how many clients ADAPs can serve and what levels of service states can provide.

Minnesota also utilizes drug rebate dollars to supplement the ADAP budget as a method of cost containment.



To be eligible for the AIDS Drug Assistance Program (ADAP) in Minnesota, a person must:

  • Be currently uninsured or insured with a drug co-pay
  • Be HIV positive
  • Have income below 300 percent of the Federal Poverty Guidelines
  • Have less than $25,000 in cash assets
  • Not be on Medical Assistance, Medical Assistance for Employed Persons with Disabilities or Minnesota Care

Those enrolled in ADAP in Minnesota are low income or poor and are pre-disabled. Clients are uninsured or underinsured and have no other way to pay for their drugs or insurance.

Eighty-three percent of clients on Minnesota's ADAP are below 200 percent of the federal poverty guidelines.



The ADAP (Program HH) Drug Formulary is the list of medications ADAP pays for. Minnesota's formulary includes all primary HIV treatment drugs, Opportunistic Infection (OI) drugs and a number of side effect drugs.

Minnesota's ADAP Drug Formulary has an advisory committee of HIV specialty physicians, pharmacists, case managers and consumers, who meet bi-annually to discuss issues and make recommendations.

If you feel a drug exists that is currently not on the Program HH Formulary and should be, a your physician or pharmacist if they would complete the Formulary Drug Addition Request Form (PDF) to submit a drug addition request. The Program HH Formulary Committee reviews all requests.



If you are interested in being on the program, fill out the  Minnesota HIV/AIDS Programs Application DHS-3539 (PDF) and provide the supporting information requested in the application.


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