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HIV-AIDS care at a crossroads
The Desert Sun

At Desert AIDS Project in Palm Springs, about 2,200 patients are living long-term with HIV and AIDS. They are visiting doctors, getting blood drawn, having their teeth cleaned, knitting quilts to help with neuropathy, and picking up prescriptions at an on-site Walgreens.

The vast majority of patients — staff estimate the number to be about 70 percent — will qualify for health insurance based on income under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) or through an expansion of MediCal, California’s version of Medicaid, to most of those living below 138 percent of the federal poverty level.