A leading group of HIV advocacy organizations has launched a new website to serve as the go-to source for information, advocacy resources, and news on what health care reform (the Affordable Care Act) means for people living with HIV and their providers. Â The website — HIVHealthReform.org — is intended to educate people living with HIV, as well as their medical workers and social service providers, on the benefits and challenges of health care reform for HIV-positive Americans. The website will also provide opportunities to share resources on health care reform implementation and advocacy.
HIVHealthReform.org is the collaborative product of Project Inform, the AIDS Foundation of Chicago, the Center for Health Law and Policy Innovation of Harvard Law School/Treatment Access Expansion Project, the HIV Medicine Association and San Francisco AIDS Foundation. The project is supported by a grant from the MAC AIDS Fund.
Although there has been much media focus on the Affordable Care Act, it has been hard to find the facts about what it will really mean on the ground for those living with HIV.Â HIVHealthReform.org intends to fill that void by compiling the work of leading HIV health care reform advocates and reporting on new developments at the federal and state level.
The website also encourages discussion and action in local communities. As one example of how the website will share updates, Project Inform and the San Francisco AIDS Foundation have launched a California-specific blog (HIVHealthReform.org/California) that details various implementation efforts related to people living with HIV.Â
HIVHealthReform.org will also serve as an advocacy resource for activists working to educate key decision makers — particularly those opposing efforts to reduce funding for Medicaid, Medicare or health reform — on the importance of national health reform to people living with HIV.
We encourage PIPeNews readers to take a look at the site, and forward the link to individuals and agencies they think would benefit from this important resource.