Right Steps

Why the Program Matters

Nearly 12,000 Hoosiers live with HIV/AIDS.1 While treatable, medical costs are often exorbitant. The CDC reports that the estimated lifetime cost of treating HIV is $379,000 (in 2010 dollars), and that nearly 30 percent of those living with the virus are uninsured. Costs aside, the virus effects nearly every part of the body and can lead to drastic lifestyle changes.

The Right Steps program has helped many Hoosiers living with HIV by lowering claim costs, increasing education of the virus, and facilitating awareness of available resources.

How the Program Works

Right Steps combines three unique approaches that reduce costs, improve outcomes, and improve quality of life for those living with HIV/AIDS:

  1. Matches participants with HIV/AIDS with personal facilitators
  2. Provides benefit flexibility, covering services beyond standard health insurance
  3. Offers incentives for adherence to a personal plan

Through personal facilitators and incentives, the program uses encouragement and positive reinforcement to help participants make healthy lifestyle choices. Through prevention, education, and benefit flexibility, Right Steps addresses physical or mental health problems before they interfere with health. Personal facilitators serve as a one-on-one motivator and coach that work with a participant on an individualized care plan. Each participant sets goals with a personal facilitator that outline incentives and tracks progress toward the goals. Right Steps also facilitates participant collaboration. Participants have published a book, Positive Voices, in which they shared their experiences and served as an inspiration to others.

Program Results Overview

Results of the Right Steps Program include lower patient claim costs, increased patient education, and increased awareness of available resources. Program success is measured by CD4 Count, viral load reduction in hospital admissions and ER, medical claims costs, self care management readiness, co-morbidities, anti-viral therapy adherence, opportunistic infections, eating habits, sleeping habits, exercise habits, and stress factors.