Policy & Politics
Bill Aims to Enhance AIDS/HIV Treatment, Funding Structure
April 3, 2014
This article was reported by Ripon Advance.
The Ripon Advance reported that Rep. Renee Ellmers (R-N.C.) and Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-Texas) introduced the Ryan White Patient Equity and Choice Act of 2014, legislation that would improve treatment and ensure that per-patient state funding did not vary more than 5 percent from state to state. The bill would require the US Department of Health and Human Services to review the spending formula, address the problems patients faced in accessing care, and submit reports to Congress on state HIV and AIDS funding.
The bill also provided for HIV-positive people to have a designated "medical home," with a primary care team and medical case management. This provision aimed to improve care retention and treatment adherence, which would result in reduced HIV transmission.
Johnson stated that the bill would level the funding and ensure that resources went to the states with highest HIV prevalence. The measure included a patient-centered pilot program that also allowed patients to use their health savings accounts for qualified expenses.
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This article was provided by CDC National Prevention Information Network. It is a part of the publication CDC HIV/Hepatitis/STD/TB Prevention News Update.
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