Access to excellent health care for all people living with HIV is essential for addressing the ongoing epidemic in the U.S. -- but the majority of people with HIV in the U.S. are not yet engaged in care. Improving access to health coverage is one key component of addressing this gap. The Affordable Care Act (ACA), signed into law in 2010, has provided thousands of people living with HIV with new health insurance coverage. But what have been the lived experiences of people with HIV in the ACA era?
The Kaiser Family Foundation (KFF) examined the coverage and enrollment experiences of people living with HIV in five states after the first ACA open enrollment period. After the second round of open enrollment, which ended in February of this year, KFF checked in with 12 people living with HIV who participated in the original study to see how they were doing and how the ACA had affected their care. Here's what they learned.