The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act represents the most significant overhaul of the U.S. health care system since the passage of Medicaid and Medicare in 1965. Open enrollment began on Oct. 1 and the program remains a historic legislative step in the fight against HIV/AIDS.
The ACA will offer broader health care coverage to many Americans infected with HIV. Currently, fewer than one in five of the 1.1 million people living with HIV/AIDS (PLWHA) in the U.S. have private insurance and nearly 30 percent do not have any coverage. The new law will deny discrimination based on pre-existing conditions such as HIV/AIDS, will deny limitation of benefits and expand Medicaid coverage.
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