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Community-Based Program

HIV case management agencies are located throughout Ohio, providing coverage for every county in the state. Case managers who are trained to help people living with HIV or AIDS can help find the medical treatment and programs they need. A case manager who is familiar with the community can help find doctors, housing, support groups or transportation for people who need these services. There is no fee for their help. A case manager can also determine eligibility for Ryan White Emergency Financial Assistance (RWEA).  Case managers must be licensed social workers and adhere to the HIV Care Services Standards of Care.

The purpose of the RWEA program is to assist individuals who are HIV positive and have an emergency need that is HIV-related.  The program is one of last resort.  Services that may be covered include medical services, rehabilitation, transportation, housing, nutrition, and family services.

In order to receive assistance, an individual must have an HIV medical case manager from ODH-approved community-based agencies.  The ODH-approved medical case manager, in the county of your choice, will assess the client's needs, identify alternative resources to use and look at long-term solutions before deciding if RWEA is appropriate.

To be eligible for RWEA, you must be an Ohio resident, have proof of HIV status, and an income at or below 300 percent of the federal poverty level.

The following list contains some of the services not covered by RWEA:

  • Emergency room visits, urgent care
  • Outpatient surgery
  • Hospitalizations
  • Ambulances
  • Doctor's visits while in the hospital
  • Eye glasses, except when cytomegalovirus-related
  • Hearing aids, except when HIV-related
  • Household items such as stoves, refrigerators, beds
  • Rental furniture
  • Clothing
  • Pet food or products
  • Car repairs or maintenance
  • Car payments
  • Auto insurance
  • Property taxes
  • Tuition expenses or employment readiness services
  • Syringe exchange programs
  • Long distance programs (unless medically necessary)
  • Add-on phone services (call waiting, call forwarding, voice mail, cellular phones, caller ID, etc.)
  • Spenddown for Medicaid
  • Anything covered by Medicaid
  • Anything not HIV-related
  • Anything not emergency based

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Last Updated: 12/23/13