The Affordable Care Act (ACA), the health care law passed in 2010, creates unprecedented opportunities for millions of Americans to access health insurance coverage. The ACA will allow more Americans access to the care they need to prevent the onset of disease and manage disease when it is present. For the HIV/AIDS and Ryan White Program community, the ACA presents a new opportunity to meet the goals of the National HIV/AIDS Strategy by reducing new infections, optimizing health outcomes for individuals living with HIV/AIDS, and reducing HIV-related health disparities.

The ACA creates new state-based marketplaces to offer millions of Americans new access to affordable health insurance coverage. In addition, the law helps make prevention affordable and accessible by requiring health plans to cover certain recommended preventive services without cost sharing. The ACA also protects the HIV/AIDS community by banning insurance company denial of coverage based on pre-existing conditions and eliminating lifetime and annual limits on care. We ask that you partner with us and help spread the word to ensure that families and communities affected by HIV/AIDS understand how the new law impacts them.

We encourage you to assist your beneficiaries in obtaining information about these changes and enrolling in available sources of insurance through the Health Insurance Marketplace, such as subsidized private insurance, Medicaid, and CHIP. Please share information with your beneficiaries about these options and assist them, to the extent it is an appropriate activity under your grant, in enrolling in insurance plans so that they will have available to them all possible resources for supporting their health needs. We will continue to provide you with additional resources in the coming weeks.

Use the tools and recommendations listed below to get started. Thank you for helping us spread the word about the ACA – we can’t do it without you!

  • Post the healthcare.gov widget on your organization’s website
  • Join the discussion on Facebook.
  • Follow Healthcare.gov on Twitter.
  • Read the Healthcare.gov Blog.
  • Distribute or display brochures and fact sheets.
  • A wide range of educational materials are available targeting various audiences including people living with HIV/AIDS, women, African Americans, Latinos (in English and Spanish) and the LGBT community.

If you have any questions about this information, please contact your branch chief.

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