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Possible Medicaid Cuts Could Inhibit Battle Against AIDS

June 27, 2011

CQ HealthBeat reports, "Federal spending on AIDS prevention and treatment has not specifically been targeted as part of deficit reduction efforts, but advocates warn that if Medicaid is cut as part of any agreement, progress in battling the epidemic would be undermined. About 40 percent of people with the HIV infection and AIDS are covered under Medicaid. Some of these patients are enrolled in both Medicaid and Medicare, and as a group they represent the poorest, sickest and most costly beneficiaries. Spending cutbacks for 'dual eligibles' would especially threaten care, advocates say (Norman, 6/24).d

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