Today marks the 5th anniversary of the signing of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), through which millions of Americans have gained new benefits and protections.
To mark the occasion, President Obama issued this statement and the White House released a 5th year Anniversary Report showing how the ACA is working to improve the affordability, accessibility, and quality of health care nationwide.
In addition, HHS Secretary Sylvia Mathews Burwell issued this statement and HHS released a report showing that as a result of Marketplace coverage and Medicaid expansion, hospital uncompensated care costs have been reduced by an estimated $7.4 billion in 2014, compared to what they would have been in the absence of the coverage expansion. HHS also released a report detailing the economic impact of Medicaid expansion. Read the two reports here.
Learn more how the #ACAisWorking: By the Numbers
Here at AIDS.gov, we continue to raise awareness of how provisions of the ACA play an important role in improving HIV prevention, testing, and treatment, and achieving the goals of the National HIV/AIDS Strategy. Our ongoing efforts include:
- Featuring an Affordable Care Act and HIV/AIDS page on our site, with information on how the ACA helps improve access to coverage, ensures high quality and affordable coverage, and enhances the capacity of the healthcare delivery system to better serve all Americans, including those at risk for and living with HIV.
- Sharing blog posts every Thursday on the ACA, with the latest information for those in the HIV community.
- Disseminating information about the ACA to followers of our social media channels, including Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and Instagram.
- Sharing information about ACA-related webinars and other events with our HIV partners.
- Including ACA-related information in our HIV/AIDS Awareness Days resources so that groups and organizations can use it as part of their observance activities.
We encourage you to engage in similar efforts to spread the word to those in your own communities about the Affordable Care Act and how it affects those at risk for and living with HIV.