THE AIDS INSTITUTE REACTS TO SUPREME COURT DECISION
Time Now for All Parties in Washington and in the States to Turn to Implementation
Hune 28, 2012 - Washington DC -"We are extremely pleased that health reform will proceed in the U.S. and
millions of people, including many with HIV/AIDS, who have not had quality affordable health care will have access to care and treatment,
along with preventative services, as a result of today's Supreme Court ruling on the Affordable Care Act," commented Carl Schmid,
Deputy Executive Director of The AIDS Institute.
Comprehensive health reform will help people with HIV/AIDS in numerous ways. About 60 percent of the nearly 1.2 million
people with HIV in the United States are not in care, and even more are not accessing lifesaving medications. The expansion of the
Medicaid program and the creation of insurance exchanges, both of which were upheld by the Court, will help address this by
providing greater access to health care coverage.
Many people with HIV/AIDS access their medications through Medicare Part D. Closure of the "donut hole", which has already
been closed in part, will allow for continued drug coverage and reduce chances of medication interruption due to an inability to pay
The law also includes numerous insurance reforms. People with HIV/AIDS, who have historically been denied coverage due
to their condition, will no longer be discriminated against when seeking coverage. People living with HIV and other chronic diseases
are also protected as they will no longer be subject to annual and lifelong coverage caps, or risk being removed from their insurance plan.
Coverage of prevention services contained in the law will help many people access HIV testing without cost. Free preventive
services for women in private insurance plans, including an annual HIV test, are set to begin on August 1, 2012.
"We are enormously gratified by the Court's Constitutional validation of the law. Passage of the Affordable Care Act was
a historical step forward toward providing health care to all in the United States. We now call on all parties in Washington DC and in
the states to focus on fully implementing the law to ensure that it works for all people, including those with HIV," added Michael
Ruppal, Executive Director of The AIDS Institute.
The AIDS Institute is a national nonprofit organization that promotes action for social change through public policy
research, advocacy and education.
For more information and to become involved in AIDS advocacy work, please contact The AIDS Institute at: (202) 835-8373, or by email at: Info@theaidsinstitute.org
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