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Report Finds People With HIV More Comfortable Navigating Insurance Under ACA

A new Kaiser Family Foundation report based on focus groups conducted in five states — California, Florida, Georgia, New York and Texas — finds that people living with HIV are more comfortable with navigating health insurance two years into the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) major coverage expansions. Those in the marketplaces and Medicaid recognize their new benefits, but often continue to worry about maintaining coverage and remain concerned about its affordability; many in states without Medicaid expansion remain uninsured. Many of those who gained coverage through the marketplaces and Medicaid are successfully meeting their HIV care and treatment needs, and are able to address non-HIV health issues. Those who remain uninsured in states that have not expanded their Medicaid programs can meet HIV needs with the assistance of the Ryan White HIV/AIDS program, but many have health issues that are neglected without coverage and face substantial medical debt. For both those who gained coverage and those who remain uninsured, the Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program continues to play a crucial role. The report was discussed at a Kaiser Family Foundation public briefing earlier this month; a webcast of the briefing is available.