Forum Session

The Affordable Care Act and HIV/AIDS: Implications for Coverage, Access to Care, and Payment
July 19, 2013


Jessamy Taylor, MPP


An estimated 1.1 million people are living with the Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) in the United States, and an additional 50,000 people become newly infected each year. Federal spending for HIV care totaled $14.8 billion in fiscal year 2012, with Medicare, Medicaid, and the Ryan White HIV/AIDS program as the largest payers, respectively. The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010 (ACA) will significantly change the way that people living with HIV receive health insurance coverage and care, as well as many of the parameters of that coverage. This Forum session explored the opportunities and challenges that the ACA offers for coverage and care for people with HIV, and the implications for existing federal programs.


Jeffrey S. Crowley, MPH (bio)
Program Director
National HIV/AIDS Initiative
Distinguished Scholar
O’Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law
Georgetown University Law Center

Kevin Cranston, MDiv (bio)
Bureau of Infectious Disease
Massachusetts Department of Public Health

Michael S. Saag, MD (bio)
Jim Straley Chair in AIDS Research
Director, Center for AIDS Research
University of Alabama at Birmingham

Related Materials

See two publications by Jeffrey S. Crowley and Jen Kates of the The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation: "The Affordable Care Act, The Supreme Court, and HIV: What Are the Implications?" September 2012; and "Updating the Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program for A New Era: Key Issues & Questions for the Future," April 2013.

See also the Forum's "The Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program" (The Basics, March 10, 2010); and The White House's "National HIV/AIDS Strategy for the United States" (July 2010).

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