The ACA Opens the Door for Two Vulnerable Populations

More than three decades after the first cases of HIV/AIDS were diagnosed, the benefits of early diagnosis and treatment have been well documented.

One of the least explored yet most important parts of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) are provisions that hold promise for addressing serious health care challenges facing people who make up two groups of Americans, most of whom are impoverished and uninsured.

This issue of Health Affairs addresses the needs of these two groups: the 1.1 million Americans who are living with HIV/AIDS and the 11.6 million people who cycle through the nation’s 3,300 local and county jails every year.