Since the first official U.S. report of AIDS in 1981, the HIV community has worked to reform our health care system to increase access to those who need it most.
In 2010, when the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), also known as the Affordable Care Act (ACA) or "Obamacare," was signed into law by President Barack Obama, the health care landscape in the U.S. changed forever. AFC, in partnership with state and national organizations, worked to raise awareness and support of the Affordable Care Act, especially among the HIV/AIDS community, and continues to do so as the program enters its second year of existence.
HIVHealthReform.org educates the HIV community about the tremendous opportunities that exist through the Affordable Care Act to improve health care access for people with HIV. We accomplish this goal by maintaining a blog, sharing information through an email newsletter, and hosting regular webinars. AIDS Foundation of Chicago (AFC) develops and maintains HIVHealthReform.org.
Speak Up monitors, catalogs and analyzes the problems experienced by people living with HIV in the new health care system. Beyond helping individuals, information collected through this project will ultimately serve the entire HIV community, as it will help educate state and federal officials as they review and refine key aspects of the Affordable Care Act in coming years.