The initial open enrollment period for private insurance under the Affordable Care Act ends on March 31st, 2014. Getting those with HIV and at risk for HIV enrolled in insurance is a critical step in containing the HIV epidemic. Equally important work must continue after initial enrollment to assure coverage that provides access to culturally competent quality care that will help prevent new HIV infections. This is especially important for young gay men who are at higher risk of being uninsured and often do not have regular access to health care even though they have the highest risk for HIV infection.
State-level advocacy is needed to assure meaningful coverage for young gay men. The MAC AIDS Fund and Trust for America’s Health worked with experts in HIV care, prevention and policy to produce this guide, Building on the Affordable Care Act to Make the Health System Work for Young Gay Men. Advocates working to improve the health of the LGBT community can use this guide as they work with Medicaid programs and plans offered in the insurance marketplace to assure meaningful coverage. The Affordable Care Act has the potential to be a powerful lever in the fight to end the AIDS epidemic by providing meaningful coverage, access to quality care and investments in HIV prevention.
We hope this guide will help advocates pursue these gains, state by state. We urge you to share this with your colleagues who may find it useful.
The views reflected in this expert column are those of the individual authors and do not necessarily represent those of the O’Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law or Georgetown University. This blog is solely informational in nature, and not intended as a substitute for competent legal advice from a licensed and retained attorney in your state or country.