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Health Law Inspires Hope But Also Worry Among Those With HIV

Living Room, Inc


Matt Sharphad high hopes for the nation’s health law. The self-employed health consultant is HIV positive and has been denied insurance in the past because of his illness, so he was relieved to learn that the law wouldn’t allow that to happen again.

But now, the 57-year-old San Francisco Bay Area resident is less sure that Obamacare will live up to his expectations.

He plans to enroll in coverage through the state’s insurance marketplace — but he still doesn’t know if his doctors will be included.  And although he will get help with premiums and medications through an existing program for HIV patients, Sharp worries he won’t be able to afford co-payments and other out-of-pocket expenses.

“I am apprehensive,” said Sharp, a former classical dancer. “There is a lot of unease with the whole rollout. But when you are talking about a person in my situation…

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