President Obama & Congress: We support health care reform on its second anniversary!
The second anniversary of passage of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) is Friday, March 23. Celebrate by signing this letter to President Obama and Congress.
The ACA's second anniversary is the perfect time to thank the president for fulfilling his campaign promise and passing health reform, and to tell Congress to fully implement health reform.
Individuals and organizations are welcome to sign the letter. The letter is a project of the HIV Health Care Access Working Group. Special thanks to Andrea Weddle of HIV Medicine Association for taking the lead!
March 23, 2012
Dear Mr. President & Congress:
As we mark the second anniversary of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA), its importance to people living with, and at risk for, HIV/AIDS has grown. We, the undersigned, offer our strong support for full and effective implementation of the ACA at the federal and state level.
We appreciate the critical role of the ACA in meeting the goals of the National HIV/AIDS Strategy, and its potential to dramatically alter the course of the HIV epidemic in the United States. The results from the ground-breaking clinical trial (HPTN 052) underscored the importance of expanding access to HIV care and treatment. The trial—recognized as the scientific breakthrough of the year by Science magazine—found HIV treatment not only saves the lives of people with HIV but reduces HIV transmission by more than 96%. Science has provided us with the tools to end this epidemic, and now we need the resources and effective systems of prevention and care to transfer them to the frontlines where they are urgently needed.
The ACA provisions that are under attack are vital to correcting the wrongs of the current health care system that impede access to HIV care and treatment. The Medicaid program currently is the primary payer of care and treatment for people living with HIV in care, but most only qualify after becoming disabled—too late to fully benefit from treatment. The ACA’s Medicaid expansion will provide the first-ever reliable coverage to tens of thousands of people with HIV and will end the cruel policy of forcing most people with HIV to wait until they are sick and disabled to gain access to the services that they need to stay healthy.
Under current insurance rules, most people with living with HIV/AIDS are barred from purchasing private insurance with only 14% having private insurance compared to 64% in the general population. The ACA’s individual responsibility provision and the new rules and consumer protections that it makes possible will no longer allow insurers to discriminate against people with HIV/AIDS and others by shutting them out of the private insurance market.
The continuation of the highly successful Ryan White Program in tandem with a fully implemented ACA, including its prevention services, will put us on solid ground for ending the domestic HIV public health crisis.
CLOSING SENTENCE TO FOR LETTER TO CONGRESS: On behalf of more the more than 1.1 million people living with HIV in the United States, we urge you to support the goals of the National HIV/AIDS Strategy with full implementation and funding of the ACA and the highest funding levels possible for the Ryan White Program.
CLOSING SENTENCE FOR LETTER TO PRESIDENT: On behalf of more the more than 1.1 million people living with HIV in the United States, thank you for defending the landmark health reform law that along with the National HIV/AIDS Strategy will offer us the opportunity to revolutionize our response to HIV/AIDS in the United States.
Respectfully submitted by,
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