Many HIV Patients Unable to Enjoy Expanded Coverage

When Dena Hughes learned about the Affordable Care Act’s passage, she rejoiced.

Hughes, who is HIV positive, has struggled to find insurance coverage, because HIV is considered a pre-existing condition. But even under the new law, Hughes said her care providers had advised her not to enroll in the federal health care exchange yet. It is unclear, they said, how the law will affect HIV care when marketplace coverage begins Jan. 1.

“Right now we get good care, and I’m not interested in having my stuff all shifted around,” she said from her Houston home.

Hughes and her ...

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