January 8, 2014
Concerns on HIV/AIDS Health Care Gaps in ACA Rollout
Advocates are concerned about gaps in coverage for people with HIV/AIDS under the Affordable Care Act (a.k.a. the health care reform law, or ACA), Kaiser Health News reports. The good news is that people with pre-existing conditions such as HIV/AIDS can no longer be denied health insurance, and low-income people with HIV no longer need to have AIDS to qualify for Medicaid. The bad news is that, in the short term, gaps have emerged. Advocates are concerned some health plans are not covering certain HIV medications, are charging high amounts for key drugs and are not informing consumers about which providers and drugs are covered. Concerns also include high co-pays and other out-of-pocket expenses. A related concern is the fate of the federal Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program, which provides $2 billion in services to about half a million people each year. As many people with HIV/AIDS become eligible for insurance under the ACA, advocates are concerned that Ryan White funding could be cut or eliminated.
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Thomas, USA, 2014-02-23 19:23:48
Funds have already been cut, Pharmaceutical companies are terminating patient assistance, insurance companies have increased the co pays to an amount that patients cannot afford to pay, the truth is ugly and the media do not care.
Frederick Wright-Stafford, Jacksonville, 2014-01-13 10:02:21
Raleigh North FedUP. I am glad you have express your angry. I for one am going to keep pushing forward to find a job and property in my walk and to put solution on the table for no one in my circle advocated for free healthcare, for we all know nothing is free. We have pushed to stay alive in a world build on crumbs for the poor and impoverish. Solution and Solutions and critically thinking in prayer and action is my direction. UpHIGH in pride as one voting to be a leader in molding your policy
fed up w/ it all, Raleigh, nc, 2014-01-10 21:59:37
even though i have thjs virus and it sucks, i am sorry to say this, but i am literally laughing my as off. why you ask? dumb voters voted for 'free healthcare n voted for it (Obama) a second time. they (voters) did not want to listen to people with reason. this is exactly what we get. i have nothing but embarrassment for . people, no sympathy but pure embarrassment. you all wanted it, no you have it. now what you gonna do?
Frerick Wright, JaxFlorida, 2014-01-10 12:09:37
Clarification on Jacksonville and surrounding counties Ryan White Planning Council yesterday 2014 for budget Allotment for 2014 for Ryan White Part A as noted. From the Advice of the City Contract Manager, a lovely women named Dee. They have Identified 900 people in Ryan White who will be offered to switch to an ACA plan on the Government web page and Allocated Ryan. Their three great provider hear in Jax, AHF, State and UNF/Shane. The tail is really wagging the dog at this time. Just saying
Frederick Wright-Stafford, Jacksonville, 2014-01-10 09:08:43
I do not think their should be concern of Ryan White being cut at this time or limited, not until Jobs are available for HIV positive people. One must understand HIV people are on the bottom of the list for employment to much fear from the community employer over all in the States. Plus the economic Jobs from Ryan White Monies support a big percent of the Healthcare force, here in Jacksonville hundreds of people living in the economic circle of Ryan White Funding and 1000 in the state.
javier, fort lauderdale, 2014-01-10 08:02:24
iam so worry about this I be looking to enroll on this new insurance program they given me a blue cross sometype of program but I cannot express my self by telling iam hiv positive under ryan white program plus I don't have a job pending on a urgen hernia surgery but they keep telling me I don't qualify so they one me too paid 500 dollars a month premium please any advise I don't no what to do
frederick Wright-Stafford, Jacksonville, 2014-01-09 19:00:13
The fascinating thing about the planning Counsel 2014 plan of action was to allocate payment insurance for 900 people with Ryan White money until job or resources to afford treatment. The planning counsel also suggests 10 co-pay... sliding scale or under 125 poverty level, stay under poverty and get treatment or find a good job with a group that has strong RX coverage, like work for HUMANA Insurance. I am in Ryan White and Gilead is giving meds under Advancing Access. Thank you Gilead.
Frederick Wright-Stafford, Jacksonville, 2014-01-09 17:49:22
I just got back from a Ryan White Planning Council meeting. Where the city grant manager told case managers to have 900 identified ryan white HIV people sign up for ACA and then if can not afford it their is money allot in an insurance continuation program from Ryan White. They're hoping this will save 200k in our patient funding; the problem for many is they cannot come up with funds to sign up, and the case manager still had not got their stuff together, and Florida has not expanded Medicaid for HIV.
JB, Charlotte, NC, 2014-01-09 11:57:55
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This is one reason I decided to keep my (expensive) Cobra insurance for now instead of switching to an ACA plan. Even though the monthly prices "look" good, once I dug a little deeper, the coverage for HIV meds are AWFUL. I'd have to pay around 25-30% of the upfront costs until I meet a deductible, which on some plans is $5000 plus. Not many people can afford $350/month for the plan plus an additional $800 for the drugs. Something needs to be done.
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