New Analysis Estimates the Number of People with HIV Who Could Gain New Coverage Under the ACA

Shared from The Kaiser Family Foundation.

 

New Analysis Estimates the Number of People with HIV Who Could Gain New Coverage Under the ACA

A new analysis by the Kaiser Family Foundation in conjunction with researchers at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) provides the first national estimates of the expected impact of the Affordable Care Act’s coverage expansions on people with HIV.

The brief finds that close to 70,000 uninsured people with HIV who are in care could gain new coverage.  This group includes almost 47,000 who could gain coverage through Medicaid if all states were to expand under the law and almost 23,000 who could gain coverage through the health insurance marketplaces, most of whom would get financial assistance.

Currently, 25 states are not planning to expand their Medicaid programs under the law, reducing the number of people with HIV who could gain Medicaid coverage.  The analysis estimates that state decisions not to expand Medicaid would reduce the number eligible for Medicaid by more than 15,000, leaving them without affordable insurance.

For individuals left out of coverage expansions, the Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program will continue to be a critical source of support. The program will also likely continue to remain critical in helping wrap around insurance coverage for many insured people with HIV, as it does today.

The full analysis is available online. The Foundation has also updated The Uninsured: An Interactive Tool to highlight people with HIV who are uninsured, why they are uninsured and how the ACA could impact them.

The Kaiser Family Foundation, a leader in health policy analysis, health journalism and communication, is dedicated to filling the need for trusted, independent information on the major health issues facing our nation and its people. The Foundation is a non-profit private operating foundation, based in Menlo Park, California.

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