AAHIVM cares about the policy issues that affect our members, thier practices, and their patients at the State level in all 50 states. The AAHIVM Policy Department works directly with our members in a state to affect state legislation, regulatory decisions, and policy-making in the state legislature, with the Governor, and with the local and state health departments and other regulatory agencies. We do so through coalition building, advocacy, and policy education efforts, led by our State Chapters. We also offer our members in all 50 states tools to learn what is happening in their state, such as webinars held by our state chapters and the resources below.
Health Reform Implementation
The Affordable Care Act (ACA) included many provisions important to HIV patients and HIV care providers that will be implemented over the next decade. Several of the most significant provisions are being implemented at the state level, giving each state broad power to determine how the requirements and provisions of the ACA will be fulfilled and organized.
Two of the biggest changes, the Medicaid Expansion Option, and the creation of State Insurance Exchanges (Marketplaces) for individual and small group state insurance plans, are scheduled to begin in every state by 2014. Providers must learn what changes are happening in your state, and how to conenct your practice to the new systems in order to retain access to your patients.
What is happening in your State Legislature this year? AAHIVM offers our Members the ability to view and follow state legislation, find information about each state’s legislature and cabinet, and visit state web pages.
AAHIVM Members can learn about current and pending legislation in each of the 50 states through this exciting resource. The AAHIVM Legislation Tracker allows our Members to search for specific pieces of legislation being considered by a state legislature, or view pending legislation that is specific to HIV/AIDS, the practice of HIV care and treatment, and the patients our members serve.
See: AAHIVM State Legislation Tracker.
White Coat Days
When important issues come up at the state level, AAHIVM's State White Coat Days
give our Members the opportunity to petition their state lawmakers directly on issues they support.
AAHIVM organizes White Coat Days with our local chapters, to allow our members to meet with state lawmakers as constituents, and doctors, and as experts in public health.
For information about getting involved with a local AAHIVM chapter in your state or region, please visit the AAHIVM Chapters