Archive for July 2013

Need a ride to your next doctor’s appointment?

July 23, 2013

MATP provides Allegheny County residents, who are eligible and receiving Medical Assistance, free, non-emergency medical transportation to and from MA-billable, non-emergency medical services. MA-billable services include both physical health services (doctor and dentist appointments, and trips to and from the pharmacy) and behavioral health services (mental health counseling, and drug and alcohol treatment and counseling).

Contact MATP, Monday through Friday, for information, enrollment, and scheduling.

By phone: Call toll-free, 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., at 1-888-547-MATP (6287) In person: 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Human Services Building, First Floor, One Smithfield Street, Pittsburgh, 15222

NOTE: MATP offices are closed on County-observed holidays. ACCESS service and direct reimbursements will be provided to MATP clients needing transportation on these dates.

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W.H.O. issues guidelines for earlier treatment

July 1, 2013

From the New York Times online…

People infected with H.I.V. should be put on antiretroviral therapy even sooner than they are now, the World Health Organization said Sunday as it released new treatment guidelines.

While the new guidelines, issued at an international AIDS conference in Malaysia, were an aggressive step forward, they also represent a compromise between how much the world could do to suppress the epidemic if money were no object and how much donor countries are willing to pay for.

Dr. Margaret Chan, the W.H.O.’s director general, called the guidelines “a leap ahead in a trend of ever-higher goals and ever-greater achievements,” while Michel Sidibé, the executive director of the United Nations AIDS agency, who several years ago called for universal treatment, said the step-by-step rise of the guidelines “gets most of the people we want on treatment, but not all — so it shows that you have limits to the system.”

Go the New York Times to read the full article.