5. Obamacare eliminates annual and lifetime caps on health insurance coverage, which is particularly important with HIV, which can be tremendously expensive to treat.
6. Expanding Medicaid to cover people often labeled the “working poor” disproportionately benefits African Americans and other people of color, who are overrepresented among the un- and underinsured (pdf). Unfortunately, many governors have refused to expand Medicaid, and nearly 60 percent of uninsured black people with incomes below the new Medicaid-expansion limit live in states not expanding Medicaid at this time. They are disproportionately located in the South, where the HIV epidemic is worst.
To learn more about how Obamacare affects people with HIV, visit Greater Than AIDS’ Obamacare and You website.
Hilary Beard is co-author of Health First! The Black Woman’s Wellness Guide and has led the Black AIDS Institute’s volunteer journalists to the International AIDS Conference in Washington, D.C., and Vienna. Follow her on Twitter and Facebook.