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Monday, January 16, 2012

New Fact Sheet: How the Health Reform Law Helps People with HIV

Still wondering how the Affordable Care Act helps people living with HIV/AIDS? Well, there’s no need to wonder anymore!

The HSS Office of Health Reform has developed a new fact sheet about how the Affordable Care Act (ACA) is particularly important for people living with HIV/AIDS, as well as other people living with serious medical conditions. The law has made significant progress in addressing the concerns and advancing the rights of people with HIV consistent with the goals of the President’s National HIV/AIDS Strategy.
Among the ways the new health law is helping people with HIV are the following:
  • Ensuring that AIDS Drug Assistance Program (ADAP) benefits are now considered as contributions toward a Medicare beneficiary’s true Out of Pocket Spending Limit for drug coverage.
  • Improving access to coverage and protecting people with HIV/AIDS now by making available a Pre-Existing Condition Insurance Plan in every state and making important insurance reforms to protect people from insurance company abuses;
  • Offering quality coverage and care to every person with HIV/AIDS in 2014 and beyond via Medicaid expansion, additional insurance reforms, and closing the “Donut Hole”, and
  • Increasing opportunities for health, well-being, and cultural competency.
So, whether you are just learning about the Affordable Care Act or looking for updated information, this fact sheet gives you the tools you need to make informed choices about your health. Read more details in the fact sheet (PDF) about what the health care law does to help people with HIV/AIDS.

This post originally appeared on the HIVHealthReform.org Blog.

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