Doctors & advocates demand better health coverage for HIV & Hepatitis C

HIV_HCV_NewsCoverage of preferred drugs in treatment guidelines, access to expert providers, lower co-pays, and clarity about patient assistance programs are among the steps HIV medical providers and patient advocates recommend to ensure that people with HIV and hepatitis C receive adequate care and treatment under the Affordable Care Act, according to separate statements released this week.

Nearly 23,000 HIV positive people will gain access to private health insurance plans and as many as 47,000 may qualify for expanded Medicaid programs under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) — better known as Obamacare — according to a recent report.

But some people with HIV and hepatitis C are already running up against barriers to getting the care they need. Some private insurance plans, for example, have included few antiretroviral drugs in their formularies, some are charging high co-pays for HIV and hepatitis treatment, and it is not clear whether pharmaceutical companies’ patient assistance programs can cover people enrolled in insurance exchange plans.

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