Protect Access to Health Care Coverage
January 10, 2017
In times of uncertainty, we try to find our footing to lead us back to a more certain path. At present we are entering a time that has many worried, afraid and wondering will we find our way back to the end of this epidemic. We are in a moment of great transition, but there are things that can be done to make our voices heard.
We have spent decades building a federal infrastructure to support the lives of those living with and vulnerable to HIV. Government funds have provided medication, healthcare, social services, housing and support to the millions of Americans living with HIV and prevention services to reduce the number of new infections that are stubbornly stuck at around 50,000 annual new infections.
Through the work and opportunities made available by the passage of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) we've reached new heights and made serious strides to ending the epidemic. With a strong supportive comprehensive healthcare system, large goals in both prevention and care are possible. Thanks to the ACA a number of jurisdictions around the country have embarked on plans to end the epidemic in their areas. All this remains uncertain but that doesn't mean our voice can't be heard about what insurance means to us.
There are actions that can be taken between now and the start of the new administration that can have an impact on the evolution of healthcare in your community. Many of these actions are basic things we already know how to do. Make your voices heard. Our community has been built on the power of our ability to have our stories heard and felt by the masses.
Four Things You Can Do to Help Protect Access to Health Care Coverage for People Living With HIV and People Vulnerable to HIV
Reach out to your Senators today at http://salsa4.salsalabs.com/o/50902/p/dia/action3/common/public/?action_KEY=20257.
Matthew Rose is treatment, policy and advocacy manager at NMAC.
This article was provided by National Minority AIDS Council. It is a part of the publication Achieve. Visit NMAC's website to find out more about their activities, publications and services.
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