HIV/AIDS and The Affordable Care Act (GA)

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On March 23, 2010, President Obama signed The Affordable Care Act, (ACA), into law and it is one of the most important pieces of legislation in the fight against HIV/AIDS in history because it provides more healthcare coverage and more medical insurance options to HIV/AIDS patients.

The ACA expands the capacity of the healthcare delivery system by:

  1. Expansion of community health centers
  2. Delivering culturally competent care, and
  3. Increasing the healthcare workforce for underserved communities

 Below, we will cover ways in which the Affordable Care Act helps people living with HIV/AIDS:

  1. Ensures coverage for people with pre-existing conditions – HIV/AIDS patients (as well as many others) cannot be dropped or denied coverage.
  2. Expanded Medicaid coverage – Medicaid is the largest payer for HIV care in the US.  In Medicaid expansion states HIV positive patients who meet the income threshold no longer have to wait for a diagnosis of AIDS to become eligible, which means they can receive care before the immune system is destroyed.
  3. More affordable private health coverage – ACA created the Health Insurance Marketplace (exchanges).
  4. Decreased prescription costs for Medicare/Medicaid recipients.
  5. Ensures coverage of preventive services including HIV testing – http://www.cdc.gov/nchhstp/preventiveservices/HIVAIDS.htm   provides a helpful table of recommended preventive services for people living with HIV.
  6. Ensures coverage of essential health benefits.
  7. Increases coordinated care for people with chronic health conditions – HRSA’s HIV/AIDS Bureau website (http://hab.hrsa.gov/affordablecareact/ ) offers guidance on provisions of the ACA for the Ryan White program and for healthcare homes.
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