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  • HIVMA Supports Final Push on Health Reform

    HIVMA Chair, Mike Saag, MD, wrote a letter to key legislators expressing HIVMA's strong support for moving forward with the final health care reform bill-- giving top priority to President Obama's proposed strengthening of the Medicaid program.

    "HIVMA represents more than 3,700 physicians, scientists and other health care professionals that work on the frontlines of the HIV/AIDS epidemic in communities across the country. As you complete the final health care reform package we urge to give top priority to the President’s proposed strengthening of the Medicaid program by adopting the House-passed measure to increase Medicaid payment rates for primary care services (regardless of specialty) up to 100% of Medicare rates by 2012.

    • While we strongly support expanding Medicaid to extend health coverage to low income individuals, we are very concerned that failure to address Medicaid reimbursement disparities will weaken an already fragile network of providers at a time when the demand for their services will be growing.
    • Please also ensure in the final bill that current Medicaid beneficiaries maintain their existing level of coverage as well as gain access to the services included in the essential benefits package if not already covered by their state plan.
    • As you craft the final health care reform bill, please ensure that the remarkable promise offered by health reform will not go unfulfilled for our poorest and most medically-vulnerable residents."

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