Obamacare a Major Gain for HIV Patients

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From nationaljournal.com

HIV patients are among those with the most to gain from the Affordable Care Act, as long as new coverage offerings don’t come at the expense of existing programs.

There are currently more than 1.1 million people living with HIV in the United States, with only 37 percent receiving regular HIV care. This means almost two-thirds are not, in part as a result of limitations to access and coverage.

The ACA is about to change that by greatly expanding health insurance options for HIV patients.

First, the law prohibits discrimination on the basis of a preexisting condition. “Currently, if you have a preexisting condition like HIV, you’re uninsurable,” said Jennifer Kates, vice president and director of Global Health and HIV Policy at Kaiser Family Foundation. Under the ACA, insurers cannot deny coverage and cannot charge more for care.

Insurers are also prevented from putting caps on care. This…

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