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AccessHealth MA is concerned about the increasing number of Monkeypox virus (MPV) cases in MA and the stigma surrounding it. Get the facts! We urge you to learn the symptoms of MPV and how to protect yourself.

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Tuberculosis Drug Assistance Program

The purpose of the AccessHealth MA Tuberculosis Drug Assistance Program (TBDAP) is to ensure that clinicians and patients can access the TB medications they need in a timely and cost-effective manner. TBDAP utilizes designated pharmacies located at or near TB clinic sites for patients to pick up their prescriptions.

 

AccessHealth MA’s TB Drug Assistance Program:
  • Increases access and adherence to TB treatment by covering out of pocket and full costs for TB medications;
  • Reduces or eliminates barriers for patients to obtain TB medications by partnering with clinical sites and knowledgeable and convenient pharmacies;
  • Increases the capacity of the state’s TB program to direct public health resources where they are most needed by maximizing use of health insurance coverage.
Eligibility
  • Any individual being treated at a state-funded outpatient TB clinic or collaborating health care site in Massachusetts is eligible to have the cost of their TB prescriptions covered by TBDAP.
  • There is no enrollment application and patients do not need to fulfill any eligibility criteria (such as an income level).
  • U.S. citizenship is not required to access the program.
  • TB patients who have health insurance will need to provide information about their health insurance plan to their TB clinical site and pharmacy.
Contact the TB Drug Assistance Program

Frequently Asked Questions

  • When patients are identified by designated outpatient TB service providers, they are directed to designated pharmacies where they can pick up their TB-related medicines at no cost.
  • Participating pharmacies bill insurance first for TB medicines and then AccessHealth MA for out-of-pocket expenses and TB-related medications that are not covered by insurance, or the full cost of the medication if the client is uninsured. The patient does not pay for TB medicines.
TBDAP is a program of the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (MDPH) that is administered by AccessHealth MA (formerly Community Research Initiative).

Any individual being treated at a state-funded outpatient TB clinic or collaborating health care site in Massachusetts is eligible to have the cost of their TB prescriptions covered by TBDAP.
  • There is no enrollment application and patients do not need to fulfill any eligibility criteria (such as an income level).
  • U.S. citizenship is not required to access the program.
  • TB patients who have health insurance will need to provide information about their health insurance plan to their TB clinical site and pharmacy.

Insured patients will need to provide health insurance information to their TB provider and pharmacy.

TBDAP will cover the full cost of all TB-related medications.

  • The prescriber may give the patient a TBDAP card or ticket, which they will bring to the pharmacy.
  • The prescriber may also work directly with the pharmacy to identify TB patients.
  • The patient will pick up their medications at the designated pharmacy.
  • The pharmacy will provide the patient with their prescriptions and will require no payment at the time of pick-up.
  • The pharmacy and AccessHealth MA coordinates on payment.

  • The prescriber should submit the prior authorization request as per the insurer’s requirements and the clinical site’s usual procedures.
  • If medically necessary as part of the patient’s TB regimen, TBDAP will cover the cost of the medicine while the prior authorization request application and approval are pending.
  • When the prior authorization request has been approved, the prescriber should notify their pharmacist as soon as possible.

If a waiver or exception is not available from the insurer, TBDAP can cover the full cost of TB medications.

  • Please alert the pharmacist, who will contact AccessHealth MA’s TBDAP staff as soon as possible.
  • All sites should contact AccessHealth MA for early refills or override guidance.

  • For patients who are already enrolled in the HIV Drug Assistance Program (HDAP), TB medications are covered by HDAP. For more information or to enroll in HDAP, click here.
  • TBDAP cannot cover HIV medications or the cost of any medications not related to TB treatment.

Meet the TBDAP Team

Brittany Morgan

TBDAP Program Coordinator

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Access to HDAP in Jail

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Insurance Support

Access to health insurance guidance and support

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Access to PrEP

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nPEP Program

Access to urgent PEP medication

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