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CAREAssist is Oregon’s version of the AIDS Drug Assistance Program (ADAP). CAREAssist helps people living with HIV/AIDS pay for medication and other medical care expenses. CAREAssist is not health insurance, but they help individuals maintain and utilize health insurance by paying for insurance premiums, doctor visit co-pays and medication co-pays. To become a member of CAREAssist, you must:

  • Have a confirmed HIV status
  • Reside in Oregon
  • Currently have medical insurance or be in the process of applying for medical insurance. We can help you with this.
  • Have income below 400% of the Federal Poverty Level (FPL) (

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 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. The Bridge Program application must be completed by a physician. All prescriptions covered by the Bridge Program must be obtained through a CAREAssist Network Pharmacy.

For persons who are unable to secure health insurance outside of an open enrollment period, CAREAssist can assist with payments for a limited number of medical services and medications necessary for HIV treatment, through the Uninsured Persons Program (UPP).

Your Care Coordinator at HIV Alliance can help you apply for CAREAssist and can answer any questions you might have.

For more information visit the Oregon Health Authority website.

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