Commentary & Opinion

Opinion: Affordable Care Act Needed to Help Stomp Out HIV in the South

September 11, 2013

There's a fire raging in America's South, but few people are paying attention. More than three decades into the HIV/AIDS epidemic, its epicenter has shifted from major metropolitan centers like New York and San Francisco to more rural Southern communities. Today, about half of all new HIV infections occur in the South, despite accounting for barely one-third of the America's total population. ... Given this, it is especially troubling that Southern states are some of the most resistant in the nation to implementation of the federal Affordable Care Act, including Louisiana. Not only are state officials perpetuating misinformation about the law and its benefits, but by refusing to implement aspects of the law -- including the Medicaid expansion -- these states are actively impeding the ability of their citizens to access much-need insurance coverage (Paul Kawata, New Orleans Times-Picayune, 9/9).

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