October/November #175 : Health Care Should Be a Human Right—for All - by Cristina González

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From the Editor

Retiring the Ribbon


Letters- October/November 2011


High-Impact Prevention

What You Need to Know

Health Care Should Be a Human Right—for All

Too Few Pharma Companies in the Patent Pool

Legislation Proposed to End Criminal HIV Laws

AIDS Is Not an "Automatic Death Sentence"

Geckos Don’t Cure AIDS

We Hear You

The PrEP Debate

What Matters to You

Getting HIV Care Without Getting Deported

Treatment News

A Peek Into the Pipeline

Savvy Survival Strategy

Going Norvir-Free?

Cure Watch

Listen Up

Oh Baby!

Make Some Bones About It

Comfort Zone

Waiting to Inhale

POZ Heroes

Defying Gravity

Most Popular Lessons

The HIV Life Cycle


Herpes Simplex Virus

Syphilis & Neurosyphilis

Treatments for Opportunistic Infections (OIs)

What is AIDS & HIV?

Hepatitis & HIV

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October / November 2011

Health Care Should Be a Human Right—for All

by Cristina González

Two changes to health care (one actual and one proposed) could make it easier for Americans to access lifesaving tools when they’re needed:

  • The Affordable Care Act, a.k.a. health care reform, will now officially cover preventative health services for women, including contraceptives and HIV testing, without charging co-payments, co-insurance or a deductible. This could dramatically increase the use of these services, since cost is often cited as a deterrent, and it’s one huge step on the road to empowering a group of people at increased risk—women.
  • In the United States it’s estimated that one in five people living with HIV don’t know their status, and men—especially men who have sex with men (MSM)—remain the population most affected. U.S. Representative Alcee Hastings (D–Fla.) may have the answer. He has introduced a bill that would require Medicaid, Medicare and private insurers to cover the cost of voluntary routine HIV testing for everyone.

Search: The Affordable Care Act, health care reform, contraceptives, U.S. Representative Alcee Hastings, MSM Medicaid, Medicare

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