Report: Waiver on HIV Helps Louisiana Residents With HIV
April 4, 2011
Low-income Louisiana residents with HIV could access treatment and health care under a Medicaid waiver, and the state Department of Health and Hospitals (DHH) should request one, a new report suggests.
In June 2010, the state Office of Public Health was forced to close off enrollment in Louisiana's AIDS Drug Assistance Program (ADAP) to new clients. Since then, more than 500 people with HIV have been turned away from ADAP, according to the Louisiana State Healthcare Access Research Project. However, the state could request a statewide HIV Medicaid waiver to extend program eligibility to low-income patients who are not yet disabled, according to the report by Harvard Law School's Health Law and Policy Clinic.
The Advocate (Baton Rouge)
03.25.2011; Steven Ward
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