April 25, 2012
Medicaid Cuts Proposed to Once-a-Day HIV Pills in Illinois
A proposed service cut to Medicaid may make it more
difficult for people living with HIV to access once-a-day combination pills,
according to a statement released by the AIDS Foundation of Chicago (AFC). The
AFC has warned that the budget recommendations will create barriers to care and
ultimately raise health care costs—research shows that people with HIV who need
to take one pill a day are more likely to adhere to treatment plans, which
results in healthier patients and fewer hospitalizations. Illinois Governor Pat
Quinn has proposed instituting prior authorization for combo HIV meds, meaning people
will have to wait days before they obtain medication. The AFC is asking the
governor and the General Assembly to vote down the proposal as well any
reduction in community-based services.
To read the AIDS Foundation of Chicago statement, click here.
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