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HIV infection can be managed as a chronic disease if people with HIV have access to high-quality, culturally-competent medical care and supportive social services. Providing this optimal care leads to long- and short-term cost containment as well as improved quality of life and prognosis for the patient, helping to meet the Triple Aim. There are an estimated 42,500 people living with HIV in Illinois, and about 1,760 people are newly reported as diagnosed with HIV each year in the state. According to the Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services, 12,734 people with HIV were on Medicaid in 2011.2 AFC estimates that, thanks to the Affordable Care Act Medicaid expansion, an additional 11,400 people will become newly enrolled in Medicaid in Illinois by 2017, raising the number of people with HIV on Medicaid to over 24,100.
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