Expanding medicaid coverage for early treatment of hiv-positive persons and the implications for poverty reduction \ Gabriel Tourek

Tourek, Gabriel (2010) Expanding medicaid coverage for early treatment of hiv-positive persons and the implications for poverty reduction \ Gabriel Tourek. In: ICOPS 2010 : International Conference on Public Polices & Social Sciences : E-Proceedings, 26 to 27 May 2010, SP Inn Hotel, Sungai Petani Kedah, Malaysia.

Abstract

Since the outbreak of HIV/AIDS in the United States in the early 1980s, Congress has extended in-kind treatment benefits to HIV-positive persons under Medicaid and, more recently, Medicare AIDS Drug Assistance Programs (ADAPs). People who do become infected and who cannot afford care eventually receive antiretroviral (ARV) therapy funded by Federal and state public health insurance; however, Medicaid imposes an eligibility requirement mandating a demonstration of “severely disability” as a condition for receiving AIDS treatment. Medicaid (and Medicare) eligibility requirements restrict benefits to HIVpositive individuals who are completely incapacitated while access is deferred for those struggling in the interim before severe disability. De facto, HIV-positive Medicaid recipients – low-income sufferers and the majority of infected persons of color –experience shorter life expectancies and lower qualities of life than their privately-insured counterparts.

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Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Creators:
CreatorsID Num. / Email
Tourek, Gabrielgtourek@poverty-action.org
Subjects: R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine > Medical care
R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine > AIDS. HIV infections
Divisions: Universiti Teknologi MARA, Kedah > Sg Petani Campus
Event Title: ICOPS 2010 : International Conference on Public Polices & Social Sciences : E-Proceedings
Event Dates: 26 to 27 May 2010
Page Range: pp. 1-23
Item ID: 33354
Uncontrolled Keywords: HIV; AIDS; United States
URI: http://ir.uitm.edu.my/id/eprint/33354

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