Medicaid Changes and Implications for People Living With HIV

Updated 2.16.18

Traditionally, Medicaid eligibility was limited to low-income children, parents, pregnant women, the elderly and the disabled. The Affordable Care Act (ACA) gave states the option to cover nondisabled, low-income adults, and 31 states, plus D.C., have now expanded Medicaid coverage.

What do these changes mean for people living with HIV (PLWH)? Manatt provided the answer in a three-part educational webinar series.

Part 1 introduced the series and provided key background information about Medicaid, as well as insights into access to drugs through Medicaid and proposed Medicaid reforms. Click here to discover:

  • Medicaid changes under the ACA and expanded coverage for PLWH
  • Medicaid benefit rules applicable to PLWH, including rules governing access to drugs
  • The history and implications of proposals to cap federal funding for Medicaid
  • Background about Section 1115 waivers and what they could mean for coverage of PLWH

Click here to download a free copy of the presentation.

Part 2 took a closer look at how advocates can mobilize on Medicaid policy changes at the state and federal levels, including commenting on changes in proposed Medicaid waivers that could significantly impact PLWH. Click here to discover:

  • Background about Medicaid and Section 1115 demonstrations
  • How states apply for and obtain 1115 waiver approval
  • Tips for advocates to get involved at the state and federal levels
  • How proposed Section 1115 waivers could impact PLWH, and topics on which advocates can educate themselves and may want to comment

Click here to download a free copy of the presentation.

Part 3 considered what Medicaid policy changes are expected in 2018 and beyond, as well as how potential state and federal action may affect coverage for PLWH. Click here to discover:

  • Recent healthcare developments in Congress, the administration and states
  • How Section 1115 waivers can impact PLWH
  • Tips to help advocates for PLWH engage on Medicaid policy changes

Click here to download a free copy of the presentation.

Part 1: Guest Panelist Robert Greenwald, Clinical Professor of Law, Faculty Director, Center for Health Law and Policy Innovation
Part 2: Guest Panelist Ramon Gardenhire, Vice President of Policy and Advocacy, AIDS Foundation of Chicago
Part 3: Guest Panelist Nic Carlisle, Executive Director, Southern AIDS Coalition

Date and Time:

Part 1 of this webinar series was held on Wednesday, Nov. 15, 2017, from 1 to 2 p.m.
Part 2 of this webinar series was held on Wednesday, Dec. 13, 2017, from 1 to 2 p.m.
Part 3 of this webinar series was held on Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2018, from 1 to 2 p.m.

This series was sponsored by ViiV Healthcare.

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This program does not constitute legal advice, nor does it establish an attorney-client relationship. Views expressed by presenters are strictly their own and should not be construed to be the views of Manatt or attributed to Manatt.



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