Health Reform will have a significant impact on the practice of HIV providers in the US and their patients.
Many patients who previously lacked health coverage, had insufficient coverage, or had to rely on safety net programs like the Ryan White program, and Community Health Centers, will have new opportunities to gain health coverage.
However, these new systems of coverage for patients will also impact the practices of HIV providers. Are you ready?
The health reform law, commonly referred to as the “Affordable Care Act” (or ACA), contained many changes to Private Health Insurance and Employer-based Insurance in the US. It created new Pre-Existing Condition Insurance Plan (PCIPs) in every state. Starting in 2014, new State Insurance Exchanges (Marketplaces) will open in every state. The law also altered key parts of the Medicare Program, and gave states a new opportunity to Expand Medicaid to all low income individuals.