President Barack Obama's Time in Office
Last evening, President Barack Obama delivered his farewell address to the nation from his hometown, Chicago. As Donald Trump prepares to take office, many wonder -- what is the future of our country, and President Obama's most significant accomplishment, health care reform?
Health care was a defining issue of Obama's presidential campaign. Thanks to the historic passage of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), better known as Obamacare, health care coverage is now better for all Illinois citizens, including those living with HIV or other chronic illnesses.
As Joe Biden said when President Obama signed the ACA into law, this is a BIG f@%#ing deal. Here's why:
Over 1 million people in Illinois got health insurance coverage thanks to the ACA -- that's nearly 1 in 10 people in the state; 12,000 people living with HIV in Illinois (out of the 38,000 total) have gained access to comprehensive, more affordable health care coverage through the ACA -- Medicaid expansion or insurance marketplace; In 2016, 55% of all people living with HIV in Illinois were covered by Medicaid, including nearly 9,000 who got coverage thanks to ACA Medicaid expansion; Nearly 3,000 people with HIV gained coverage through the insurance marketplace, and had premiums and out-of-pocket costs paid by the AIDS Drug Assistance Program (ADAP); and Coverage for PrEP medications and services is also at serious risk if the ACA is repealed.
The bottom line is that 1 in 3 people with HIV in Illinois got health insurance coverage through the ACA -- many for the first time. And they have the opportunity to get comprehensive, life-saving medical care.
Yet President-elect Trump and the Republicans who lead Congress are planning to repeal the ACA without a replacement plan. That will be devastating for a million Illinoisans -- and 12,000 people with HIV.
Call the Capitol switchboard at 202-224-3121 and ask to be connected to your Congressperson. Tell them "Don't repeal the Affordable Care Act."
Thank you President Obama! Yes, the ACA has been a BIG f@%#ing deal for Illinois.
Policy and advocacy initiatives spearheaded by the AIDS Foundation of Chicago work to improve services for, and protect the rights of, people living with and vulnerable to HIV.