overview

Access to insurance is essential to support access to regular prevention and care. NASTAD leads federal advocacy efforts to ensure access to affordable, high quality, comprehensive, and non-discriminatory prevention and care for everyone. However, challenges remain to ensure that coverage remains affordable and accessible to people living with HIV and hepatitis, plans include necessary services and providers, and Medicaid remains a strong safety net for those who need it. To ensure that people living with and at risk for HIV and hepatitis benefit from health reform, public health stakeholders must be involved in state, local, and federal policy and implementation decisions. Our insurance coverage and access resources and technical assistance provide information and best practices to support health department engagement in the following: payment and delivery system reform models that include HIV, hepatitis, and drug user health services and providers; efforts to address discriminatory plan designs and access barriers to care and treatment; health insurance plan assessment and enrollment; and AIDS Drug Assistance Program (ADAP) insurance purchasing.