November 8, 2013
There are numerous aspects of the Affordable Care Act that will be important for people with HIV in the U.S., including consumer protections and private insurance reforms, establishment of health care marketplaces in every state, new benefit standards, Medicare fixes, prevention enhancements, expansion of Medicaid, and health system improvements. However, it is unlikely that these changes will address all the needs of people with HIV. The Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program will thus remain crucial for the provision of adequate health care to HIV-infected individuals, but it will need to change. Changes in the Ryan White Program's role will depend largely on state decisions on Medicaid expansion and health care marketplaces (Kates, The Kaiser Family Foundation/Topics in Antiviral Medicine, 11/1).
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