Alex Blaze

Go Tammy Baldwin!

Filed By Alex Blaze | October 05, 2009 2:30 PM | comments

Filed in: Living
Tags: Congress, health care reform, HIV/AIDS, Ryan White CARE Act, Tammy Baldwin

Tammy Baldwin has introduced legislation to increase funding through the CARE Act for the treatment of HIV/AIDS in the US. With state budget crunches all over the country, with people losing their jobs and needing to rely programs like Medicaid for help, and with health insurers rejecting more and more people for not being healthy enough to deserve health care, it's great that there's someone moving the federal government to intervene. They're really the only actor in this equation that can provide the money that people need to stay alive.

Here's a bit more about her bill:

Right now, the Ryan White Comprehensive AIDS Resource Emergency (CARE) Act offers medical care to people living with HIV/AIDS who do not have sufficient health care coverage or financial resources to cope with the disease. Many groups receive grants through the Ryan White CARE Act serve a large number of Medicaid patients, as well as indigent patients who have no health care coverage. These organizations often struggle with insufficient funding through Medicaid.

Baldwin's new legislation, "The Ryan White Grantee Payment Equity Act" (H.R. 3665), would authorize increased Medicaid funding to health care providers. The HIV/AIDS population would benefit from a higher Medicaid reimbursement rate. A higher rate would enable clinics to expand operations and care for the growing number of people living with the disease.

More after.

"As HIV/AIDS continues to disproportionately afflict low-income Americans, lack of financial resources should not prevent these individuals from receiving health care," Congresswoman Baldwin said. "I am proud to introduce legislation that will improve health care access for some of the most vulnerable in our society."

"It is unjust, and at times unbelievable, that Americans tolerate a health care system in which the patients who desperately require care are the most hard-pressed to get it," Congresswoman Gwen Moore (D-WI) offered.

"Sociopathic" is a better word to describe our health care system, and most Americans don't tolerate it. And since universal health care is looking more like a pipe dream because of Rep. Moore's colleagues, I'm glad that some in Congress are looking outside health care reform to address some of these problem.

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