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The New GOP Health Care Bill Would Be Devastating To People With HIV


Researchers estimate that before the ACA, about 17 percent of people with HIV receiving medical care were low-income and paying for expensive treatments out of pocket. A person who got HIV would be barred from private insurance because the virus counted as a pre-existing condition, just as people with diabetes, high blood pressure or other chronic diseases were also rejected from coverage. But unlike those other conditions, HIV can be spread from person to person if the virus isn’t suppressed through early diagnosis and treatment, making HIV care a necessity not just for the person who has it, but also for the public at large.  


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