Kaiser Family Foundation Webcast Summary

 

Kaiser Family Foundation Webcast Summary

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Kaiser Family Foundation Webcast Summary

The Kaiser Family Foundation website contained a webcast that outlined the personal stories of people suffering from HIV/AIDS and their experiences in acquiring appropriate healthcare during the Obama regime that was marked by changes instituted by the Affordable Care Act (ACA) (Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation, 2015). The first statement was that of Maria from Atlanta who narrated the way in which she had been previously uninsured and was depending on the Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program solely. For close to two decades, Maria was HIV positive. Currently, she is enrolled in a health plan supported by the ACA. The previous program now assists in managing her insurance premiums expenses that facilitate her beneficial position in insurance (Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation, 2015). The next story in the video was that of Valentine from Brooklyn, New York. Valentine expressed her pleasure with the new ACA insurance cover mainly because of the wide coverage that included doctors and medication. However, she complained that it was slightly more expensive forcing her to make budget cuts to other expenses (Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation, 2015). Valentine has been living with HIV for half a decade. Her initial ACA health plan was affordable but did not cover her rheumatoid arthritis. She is also a beneficiary of the Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program (Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation, 2015). The last character in the webcast is Shandora from Atlanta, Georgia who fully depends on the Ryan White Program since 2009. She has been suffering with HIV/ AIDS for over two decades (Somers, & Mahadevan, 210). She is uninsured and does not qualify for any state health insurance including ACA and Medicaid (Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation, 2015). Most of the HIV care needs are handled by the Ryan White Program. Other health needs are still neglected. From this webcast, I learned that the Affordable Care Act is still not sufficient to meet the needs of most American patients (Campbell, 2015). I also learned that money was still the deciding factor in accessing quality healthcare (Ford, & Spicer, 2012). What I did not understand was why ACA was advertised as a healthcare insurance option but still failed to cover critical issues such as HIV/ AIDS (Kates et al., 2014). The title of the webcast is “The ACA and People with HIV: Video Profiles from the Field”.

 

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Campbell, K. R. (2015). Losing our way in healthcare: The impact of reform. New Jersey: World Scientific.

Ford, M. A., & Spicer, C. M. (2012). Monitoring HIV care in the United States: Indicators and data systems. Washington, D.C: National Academies Press.

Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation. (2013). Medicaid and HIV. Menlo Park, Calif: Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation.

Kates, J., Garfield, R., Young, K., Quinn, K., Frazier, E., Skarbinsk, J., & Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation. (2014). Assessing the impact of the Affordable Care Act on health insurance coverage of people with HIV. Menlo Park, Calif: Kaiser Family Foundation.

Somers, S. A., & Mahadevan, R. (2010). Health literacy implications of the affordable care act. Hamilton, N.J: Center for Health Care Strategies, Inc.

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