HIVMA wrote to state Medicaid directors and health insurance commissioners to urge them to adopt policies that promote quality HIV care as they implement health care reform.
Last year marked a groundbreaking year in the HIV field with a research study–named the scientific breakthrough of the year by Science magazine – documenting that HIV treatment not only saves the lives of people with HIV infection, but dramatically reduces the risk of HIV transmission. Despite the availability of effective HIV treatment and the benefits of treatment to public health–one in five people with HIV remain undiagnosed and fewer than 50 percent of people with HIV are in regular medical care. We urge you to consider the following recommendations to fully leverage the potential of health reform to address the HIV public health crisis and help to end AIDS in the U.S.
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