This article is a great reminder why I quit smoking over two years ago. If I can do it, anyone can!
Orlando Health Inc. has signed an agreement with Florida Blue to form a health…
I know this isn’t in the Sunshine State, but I’m in Charlotte visiting the family and saw this in the paper. In recognition of World AIDS Day I’m reposting this article discussing a publication that will help case managers, social workers and peer mentors who work with those living with HIV/AIDS nationwide.
Interesting post on Trauma Centers in Florida
Arkansas managed to insure hundreds of thousands of people by expanding Medicaid. Can it be a model for the country?
I see that Florida’s Governor Scott is open to the idea of using federal Medicaid funds to provide private insurance to our poorest citizens, a strategy that’s working in Arkansas. Hey, that’s something. And something is better than nothing, I suppose. Enjoy! —Jon
Writing in today’s New York Times opinion section, the psychotherapist and Atlantic contributor Lori Gottlieb offers a shocking first-person account of why the Affordable Care Act is in so much political trouble: It’s because many Americans are too stupid and too selfish to understand how health insurance works, on the most fundamental level.
I had to post this. Well said and I agree. :-) —Jon
The Affordable Care Act will broaden health care coverage for many of the 1.1 million Americans infected with HIV, especially those who live in the 25 states and the District of Columbia that have opted to
Interesting points to consider:
1)This article gives a great summary of current HIV programs and how they’re administered by the Federal Government and the states. The author also speculates what may change in current programs with the Affordable Care Act.
2)Twenty-five states opted to expand Medicaid (Florida was not one of them). Their expanded Medicaid will cover 60% of mostly uninsured people living with the disease who are currently receiving help from Federal and state HIV programs (ADAP and Ryan White). Medicaid will cover ALL of their health care needs, not just HIV.
3) About 30 per cent of HIV patients are uninsured, compared to 15 per cent of general population.
4) About half of all Americans with HIV live in the South, where GOP governors and lawmakers almost uniformly opposed Medicaid expansion.
5) A 2011 clinical trial showed that treatment of HIV with an antiretroviral “cocktail” reduced HIV transmission risk by a whopping 96 per cent.
6) The Obama administration and state officials agreed to wait and see how much the ACA benefits people with HIV before making any major changes to Ryan White.
7) 2012 federal funding to combat AIDS: $28 Billion (from Medicare, Medicaid, Social Security income for the disabled, research, and the Ryan White Program).
See how the Affordable Care Act (ACA) is helping the people of Florida.