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Ryan White. Real Lives. Meet Elizabeth Shepard

| April 16, 2015
Ryan White. Real Lives. Meet Elizabeth Shepard

South Carolina ranks 13th in the nation in deaths among adults with an HIV diagnosis.  The State of South Carolina has not yet expanded Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act.  As a result, an estimated 2,500 of the lowest-income HIV+ residents of South Carolina have been left out of coverage available in other states.  They […]

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Ryan White. Real Lives. Meet Jacqueline

| April 9, 2015
Ryan White. Real Lives. Meet Jacqueline

The death rate among adults with an HIV diagnosis in Tennessee is almost 25 percent higher than the national average. The State of Tennessee is considering a form of Medicaid expansion, but has not yet expanded Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act.  As a result, an estimated 2,000 of the lowest-income people with HIV have […]

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Webinar video available: Examining hep C virus treatment access

| April 3, 2015
Webinar video available: Examining hep C virus treatment access

Webinar – Examining hepatitis C virus treatment access: A review of select state Medicaid fee-for-service and managed care programs Watch the video of the full webinar: Download the slides. The arrival of an HCV cure is an exciting development for the millions of Americans who suffer from HCV. However, the high cost of treatment has […]

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Ryan White. Real Lives. Meet Dennis Creedon

| April 2, 2015
Ryan White. Real Lives. Meet Dennis Creedon

In 2010, an estimated 4,690 people were living with HIV/AIDS in Oklahoma. The State of Oklahoma has not yet expanded Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act. As a result, the lowest-income HIV+ residents of Oklahoma have been left out of coverage available in other states. They must rely on Ryan White funding for crucial medical […]

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Aetna takes steps to improve HIV drug access

| April 1, 2015
Aetna takes steps to improve HIV drug access

Aetna, along with its Coventry plans, announced last week the decision to reduce the cost of HIV medications that had previously been placed on costly, specialty tiers. This change will dramatically reduce the out-of-pocket costs for HIV medications in individual plans purchased on the Marketplace and will ensure better access to health care for individuals […]

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New study suggests increased monitoring of health plans for discrimination

| March 31, 2015
New study suggests increased monitoring of health plans for discrimination

The California Health Care Foundation, with Avalere Health, a strategic advisory company, recently released a study that offers insights on how barriers to necessary prescription drugs might further be reduced. The study instructs that California regulators—although this is advisable for all ACA Marketplaces—should monitor health plans to ensure that exclusions and placement of particular drugs […]

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Roadmap to Health Care Access

| March 27, 2015
Roadmap to Health Care Access

The Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has recently published an informational booklet designed to improve health care literacy and explain how to gain access to affordable care.  The booklet, titled, “A Roadmap to Better Care and a Healthier You” is aimed at insured individuals looking to understand their new health care benefits, connect […]

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Advocates release paper on public health care for women living with HIV

| March 26, 2015
Advocates release paper on public health care for women living with HIV

Women’s health advocates have released a policy paper examining the health care needs of women living with HIV. The paper, created by Positive Women’s Network-USA (PWN-USA), National Women’s Health Network and SisterLove, Inc., highlights opportunities and gaps in the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and emphasizing the importance of the Ryan White program to public health […]

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Ryan White. Real Lives. Meet Dee

| March 26, 2015
Ryan White. Real Lives. Meet Dee

In 2010, an estimated 4,690 people were living with HIV/AIDS in Oklahoma. The State of Oklahoma has not yet expanded Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act. As a result, the lowest-income HIV+ residents of Oklahoma have been left out of coverage available in other states. They must rely on Ryan White funding for crucial medical […]

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Happy Birthday Obamacare!

| March 25, 2015
Happy Birthday Obamacare!

This week marked the fifth anniversary of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) or Obambacare, which was signed into law by President Obama on March 23, 2010. The ACA was enacted to increase the quality and affordability of health insurance, lower the number of uninsured by expanding both public and private insurance coverage, and reduce the […]

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