Finding Health Care; Preparing for the Future
As a longtime HIV benefits counselor and policy advocate, I have spent many years helping to link individuals with their health and disability benefits. Over the years, I have witnessed dramatic changes in the benefits needs of people living with HIV/AIDS.
In the late '80s and early '90s, accessing benefits was fairly direct as most individuals automatically qualified for disability benefits. Things changed dramatically in the late 1990s when there was a sudden need for return-to-work benefits following the introduction of HAART. In recent years, there has been a more troubling trend with regard to benefits, as we now see an unprecedented number of individuals unable to find needed benefits due to their inability to meet outdated disability standards.View Full Article
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