Policy & Politics

AIDS Doctors Raise Concerns About Medicaid Expansion for HIV/AIDS Patients

October 24, 2011

AIDS doctors and researchers are worried that the current successful model of care for AIDS may be threatened by fiscal pressures as well as changes brought about by the health overhaul, according to a new paper released Friday that raises concerns about the future of treatment of the disease in the United States. The journal paper, released at the 49th Annual Meeting of the Infectious Diseases Society of America, says that HIV/AIDS needs sustained public health funding, given that just half of all patients have access to needed treatment that saves lives. The federal Ryan White HIV/AIDS grant program, which provides medical care and services to low-income and uninsured people, has been very effective as a model for care, it says (CQ HealthBeat, Norman, 10/21).

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