Health Care Debate: High Stakes for Those with HIV

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

For many HIV-positive Americans, and those who advocate on their behalf, these are days of anxious waiting as the Supreme Court ponders President Barack Obama's health care overhaul.

This loose-knit community -- including activists, health professionals and about 1.2 million people living with HIV -- has invested high hopes in the Affordable Care Act, anticipating that it could improve access to lifesaving care and treatment.

The act is in limbo as the high court deliberates on its constitutionality.

A ruling could come in June.

Among its provisions, the health care law has two major benefits for HIV-positive people: It expands Medicaid so those with low incomes can get earlier access to treatment, and it eliminates limits on pre-existing conditions that have prevented many people with HIV from obtaining private insurance.

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