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Living with HIV? Top 5 Things You Need to Know about Health Care Reform

The new health reform law offers people with HIV unprecedented opportunities to improve their health.  Here are just some of the reasons:
1. Comprehensive, free health coverage for all very low-income people:  Medicaid is the nation’s safety net health program for low-income people, currently covering about four in ten people with HIV/AIDS.  In 2014, Medicaid will expand to provide most low-income people living with HIV access to comprehensive health care.  Read more about this critical low-income health care program.
2. Get affordable, private health insurance: Moderate and middle-income people living with HIV earning between about $15,000 and $44,000 a year will be able to receive tax benefits and financial assistance to purchase private health insurance with comprehensive benefits. Learn why this will transform the fight against HIV.
3. Private health insurance companies will have to play by the new rules:  The health reform law will finally force health insurance companies to treat consumers fairly. Learn more about how people with HIV will benefit.
4. Better Medicare:  For people with HIV who are disabled and on Medicare, the Part D prescription drug benefit is already becoming more affordable. Read more about this and other improvements.
5. Get coverage now:  Need health coverage now before 2014?  Health reform sets up some programs that could help you now, and there are some oldies but goodies you might not know about.  Learn more.

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