D.A.P. applauds Supreme Court decision upholding the Affordable Care Act
6-3 decision in King v. Burwell declares health insurance subsidies are available to residents of all states
PALM SPRINGS, CA, June 25, 2015 - “Since 1984, D.A.P. has been seeking to provide the best health care and an array of social services to people living with HIV or AIDS,” said David Brinkman, CEO of Desert AIDS Project. “That has often meant people living at the margins of society.”
Today’s ruling upheld a key provision of the Affordable Care Act that those government subsidies that make health insurance affordable for millions of Americans should be available to all who qualify. This availability extends to all low and moderate income Americans wherever they live, not just in states that have set up their own health insurance exchanges.
Chief Justice John Roberts wrote, “Congress passed the Affordable Care Act to improve health insurance markets, not to destroy them. If at all possible, we must interpret the Act in a way that is consistent with the former and avoids the latter.
In their own press release about today’s SCOTUS decision, Lambda Legal noted that this was an important victory for HIV-affected communities: “Today, the Court acted to preserve a key component in the battle against HIV/AIDS – improved access to affordable, reliable and comprehensive healthcare, an especially critical need for vulnerable communities of color.” Founded in 1973, Lambda Legal is the oldest and largest national legal organization whose mission is to achieve full recognition of the civil rights of lesbians, gay men, bisexuals, transgender people and those with HIV through impact litigation, education, and public policy work.
ABOUT DESERT AIDS PROJECT
Desert AIDS Project (D.A.P.) serves our community with primary and HIV-specialty services, including
medical care, case management, and social services, like food, housing, and counseling. D.A.P.
also offers free and confidential HIV testing at a number of locations throughout the
communities it serves. Comprehensive sexual health services, including HIV testing,
Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) and Post-Exposure Prophylaxis (PEP,) STI testing
and treatment, and well-woman services, are also available at The DOCK, located
at D.A.P.’s main campus at 1695 N. Sunrise Way at Vista Chino in Palm Springs.
To learn more about Desert AIDS Project, please call 760-323-2118, visit www.desertaidsproject.org or find them on Facebook, Twitter, and You Tube.
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