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Medi-Cal AIDS Program Is Underfunded, Advocates Say
California Healthline

Andy Martin’s body had rejected another HIV medication, and now his viral load was spiking.

Sitting in his living room, Martin told a nurse and a social worker that he’d recently spent three days in the hospital with a high fever. The social worker, Scott Blackburn, told him that if his viral load didn’t drop, he could end up there again.

“The most important thing, regardless of what treatment regimen you are on, is that you are under a doctor’s care,” Blackburn said. “I just want to make sure there are eyes on you.”

The visits to Martin, 61, are part of a Medi-Cal program designed to help HIV and AIDS patients avoid costly hospitalizations and nursing home stays.