Live @ 2012 Ryan White: Health Care Reform

Live @ 2012 Ryan White: Health Care Reform

November 29, 2012
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Multiple workshops at Ryan White 2012 focused on the Affordable Care Act (ACA)—the biggest change in health care law since Medicare and Medicaid over 40 years ago.

ACA is expanding access to coverage for all Americans, including Ryan White clients. In 2012, nearly two thirds of persons living with HIV/AIDS (PLWHA) were getting help with their HIV/AIDS care needs from government programs (Medicaid, Medicare, Ryan White); 13 percent were covered by private insurance and 24 percent had no coverage.

Preparing for Change

Several workshops focused on work underway in California, like Alameda County (The Future Arrives: The Intersection of Ryan White and Health Reform in a California EMA, Workshop G-12). Kathleen Clanon (Pacific AETC Clinical Director) offered a number of tips for Ryan White programs to prepare for changes in HIV/AIDS care, including:

  • Seek and secure status as a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC).
  • Determine how to work within networks of care (e.g., Medicaid managed care, pharmacy networks).
  • Diversify funding.
  • Prepare for an insured client base. 
  • Look to establish data sharing agreements.
  • Think strategically about how Ryan White can fill gaps in care in this new environment.
  • Re-fund benefits counseling.
  • Keeping abreast of reform activities.

Recap: ACA Sessions at Ryan White 2012

Below is a summary of ACA-related sessions held at the 2012 grantee meeting, although the topic certainly came up far more frequently in other workshops and hallway conversations.

Learn more about the Affordable Care Act at HealthCare.Gov.

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