Secretary Sebelius Discusses the Importance of the Affordable Care Act in Responding to HIV/AIDS

Content From: AIDS.govPublished: August 08, 20131 min read


In a new video, Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius discusses some of the ways the Affordable Care Act is supporting people at risk for or living with HIV. She has previously observed that the law is “one of the most important pieces of legislation in the history of our fight against HIV/AIDS.”

In this video, she highlights how this historic expansion of access to health care coverage for millions of uninsured Americans also brings important preventive and care benefits to people at risk for and living with HIV. These benefits include requirements that new private health care plans cover HIV testing – and other preventive services without any additional out-of-pocket costs. And, the Secretary points out that starting in 2014, the law prohibits health insurance plans from refusing to cover you or charge you more just because you have a pre-existing health condition, a practice that in the past shut many people living with HIV out of the health insurance market.

Watch the brief video below.

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