California: Politicians Urged to Include People With AIDS in Health Care Reform
October 14, 2009
As various proposals make their way through Congress, AIDS advocates have crafted their own agenda for health care reform.
In a Sept. 24 letter to President Barack Obama, a coalition of 84 AIDS service organizations known as the HIV Health Care Access Working Group spell out their goals for a revamping of the health care system.
"I really want to remain optimistic that we can do something really historic if we all work hard at it," said Anne Donnelly, a member of the steering committee and director of health care policy for San Francisco-based Project Inform.
The coalition's agenda focuses on four major points:
A spokesperson for House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-San Francisco) said that the expansion of Medicaid proposed in health reform legislation would have a significant impact on people with AIDS. Drew Hammill noted that in many states, Medicaid eligibility now is "well below" 133 percent of federal poverty level.
Bay Area Reporter (San Francisco)
10.08.2009; Seth Hemmelgarn
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