Illinois AIDS Care Providers Advise Waiting to Sign up for Obamacare

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From Medill Reports: Chicago

People with HIV and AIDS advised to wait to sign up for Obamacare

by I. Christina Cala

AIDS care providers in Illinois such as the AIDS Foundation of Chicago are urging people to wait to enroll in the insurance plans offered through the Affordable Care Act.

Details about care and medications covered in different plans need to be clarified before people enroll, according to Ryan Singleton Communication Coordinator for the AFC.

“Oct. 1 is a great day when people aren’t discriminated against because of a preexisting health condition, but celebrate by waiting,” said Singleton.

Private insurance plans often denied coverage to those with preexisting conditions such as HIV and AIDS.

An estimated 36,000 people have been diagnosed and are living with HIV or AIDS in Illinois, according to HIV Care Connect. Roughly half of those are currently uninsured and only about 40 percent of people living…

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