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10 HIV/AIDS Stories That Defined 2013 in the U.S.

December 1, 2013


The Affordable Care Act Broadens Coverage

The Affordable Care Act Broadens Coverage

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.

Unfortunately, an estimated 43 percent of PLWHA live in states that are not currently expanding Medicaid. Many of these states are disproportionately lower income, African American and in the South -- and these areas are where new infections are rising the fastest.

Rod McCullom has written and produced for ABC News, NBC and FOX, The Atlantic, the Los Angeles Times, EBONY, POZ and many others. Read his blog at Rod 2.0.

Copyright © 2013 Remedy Health Media, LLC, Inc. All rights reserved.

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