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Health Care Reform and People With HIV/AIDS

April 5, 2010


President Obama has signed the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) and the Health Care Education and Reconciliation Act of 2010 into law. Together they enact an historic health care reform plan, the first major overhaul of the health care system since 1965, when Medicaid and Medicare were put in place. Americans have been debating broad health care reform, of both the public and private sectors, since 1914. The passage of the PPACA is a hard-won victory for the millions of Americans who are uninsured or underinsured, including many living with HIV.

The PPACA is far from perfect and doesn't include all the provisions we fought for to best serve people living with HIV. However, there are some significant victories contained in this law. It also represents a major step forward in broadly expanding affordable and comprehensive health care. Finally this reform begins to create a more coherent system of health care for Americans that we can continue to build upon and further improve through ongoing advocacy efforts.

Following is an initial outline of some of the important provisions of health care reform for people with HIV and other chronic conditions:

Public Insurance (Medicaid and Medicare) Improvements:

Reforms to private health care:

Improvements to private insurance:

Affordability for individuals and small businesses in the exchanges:

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