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For HIV Patients in Texas, Expanded Coverage Is Elusive

December 10, 2013

The Texas Tribune's Edgar Walters, working in partnership with Kaiser Health News, reports: "Hughes and her husband, Daniel, also HIV positive, receive some health coverage under the Ryan White Care Act, a federal health care program for HIV and AIDS patients. Community advocates expected the Affordable Care Act to provide nearly universal health coverage for HIV patients, freeing up funding from the Ryan White program to cover services beyond primary care. But many HIV patients in Texas live below the poverty line and are therefore ineligible for subsidies on the exchange. Add Texas' decision not to expand Medicaid to cover poor adults, and the bulk of low-income HIV patients are missing out on expanded health coverage" (Walters, The Texas Tribune, 12/10).

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