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DDI09.SS.AIDSImpactToMedCareSmall.Wave4 - Medicaid benefit...

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AIDS burden on medical care is small The Kaiser Family Foundation is a non-profit private operating foundation, based in Menlo Park, California, dedicated to producing and communicating the best possible information, research and analysis on health issues. HIV/AIDS Fact SHEET HIV/AIDS POLICY February 20 09 http://www.kff.org/hivaids/upload/7172_04.pdf Medicaid is the nation’s principal safety-net health insurance program financing health and long-term care services for 59 million low-income Americans.1 Medicaid has played a critical role in HIV care since the epidemic began ,2 and is the single largest source of coverage for people with HIV in the United States. 3,4,5,6 It covers approximately four in ten people with HIV estimated to be receiving care in the U.S., although this represents only a small fraction (<.01%) of the overall Medicaid population . 1,3,4,5,6 One of Medicaid’s most important roles for people with HIV is its provision of prescription drugs, an optional
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Unformatted text preview: Medicaid benefit that all states have chosen to provide to their Medicaid populations. Drug users are a small and declining factor with AIDS AVERT 8-5-09 AVERT is an international AIDS charity http://www.avert.org/america.htm Injecting drug users : Injecting drug users (IDUs) have accounted for around a quarter of all AIDS diagnoses in America. 14 Throughout the epidemic, prevention efforts amongst IDUs have been controversial. Needle exchange services where users exchange their used needles for clean ones are not allowed any federal funding, even though in some areas of America these programmes have proved to be successful in reducing the rate of HIV transmission.15 16 The CDC reported a 9.5 percent decline in HIV transmission among this group between 2001 and 2006.17...
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