Monday, October 04, 2004

Fact sheets on Medicaid and Medicare

In the mail . . .

Together, Medicaid and Medicare represent nearly three quarters of all federal spending on HIV/AIDS care in the U.S., and provide health insurance coverage to an estimated half of all people living with HIV/AIDS who are receiving care. These programs are likely to play an even greater role as people live longer with HIV/AIDS and continue to rely on these programs for care and treatment, including access to prescription drugs.

As part of the Kaiser Family Foundation's ongoing effort to provide information on the key programs that provide care and services to people living with HIV/AIDS, we are releasing two new fact sheets on the role of Medicaid and Medicare. Most people with HIV/AIDS who qualify for Medicaid are Supplemental Security Income (SSI) beneficiaries, meaning they are both disabled and low income. The majority of Medicare beneficiaries with HIV/AIDS are under the age of 65 and disabled, and most also rely on Medicaid.

These fact sheets provide an overview of the role of these programs for people with HIV/AIDS including federal funding estimates, eligibility criteria and services, profile of beneficiaries, and future outlook. The fact sheets are available at http://www.kff.org/hivaids/hiv100104pkg.cfm.

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