The U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) are allowing states to apply for more than 1,000 Medicaid projects that would provide support for people living with HIV, according to CMS. Until this expanded coverage, people with HIV were ineligible for Medicaid unless they had an AIDS-related disability or had very low incomes. These new changes will not only allow more people access to care but also help reduce the current burden on the struggling AIDS Drug Assistance Programs. They will also help states expand Medicaid as is required by the Affordable Care Act, a.k.a. health care reform, which starts in 2014.

To read the CMS letter, click here.