AETC ShareSpot: Real Life Impact of Health Reform

AETC ShareSpot: Real Life Impact of Health Reform

Thursday, May 22, 2014
AETC National Coordinating Resource Center (NCRC)

Vanessa SassoMassachusetts, which enacted health care reform in 2006 and thus is the only state in the nation with real world evidence, has achieved substantial benefits for people living with HIV/AIDS in terms of expanded health coverage of their health care needs and improved outcomes, according to a May 21, 2014 AETC ShareSpot blog, Health Care Reform and its Impact on People Living with HIV/AIDS - The Massachusetts Experience, by Vanessa Sasso of the New England AETC (pictured).

As a result of state reforms, including Medicaid expansion, the state retargeted most of its Ryan White ADAP dollars toward premium and co-pay support and, in 2007, secured a core medical services waiver to allow for more funding to coverage completion services like medical case management. The outcome, according to the blog: 

“As a result of expanded insurance coverage, access to antiretroviral therapy, and a robust HIV provider network, including Ryan White-funded services, Massachusetts has seen a decline in new HIV diagnoses and has also achieved very high levels of viral suppression.”

Learn More

  • See the results of Massachusetts’ reform, with specific data, in this slide presentation from the 2012 Ryan White Grantee Meeting. The slides also outline a Health Care Reform Planning Checklist for other states to consider.
  • Access health care reform implementation resources for Ryan White and other agencies.