The San Francisco HIV Health Care Reform Task Force released its recommendations this week to help ensure people living with HIV/AIDS are able to make safe, secure transitions as the Affordable Care Act takes effect in 2014.
Gay Supervisor David Campos held a hearing Thursday, October 17 to discuss the recommendations.
Campos stated before the hearing, “I am looking forward to hearing the recommendations of the HIV Health Care Reform Task Force and how the Department of Public Health is implementing those recommendations because I want to make sure that no HIV patient gets lost during this historic transformation of our health care system.”
Mike Smith, executive director of AIDS Emergency Fund and president of the HIV/AIDS Provider Network, is a task force member.
“Health care reform will result in better access to care for many people – including those with HIV. But it also includes major changes to the way HIV-related medical care and support services will be funded and delivered,” said Smith in a news release. “Our recommendations call for a transition plan that minimizes disruption in client care and establishes a comprehensive system of care that meets the needs of all people living with HIV in San Francisco.”
With its recommendations, the task force aims to “reduce barriers to timely engagement in quality, affordable, and patient-centered care” and “promote continuity,” among other goals, members said in a statement. The task force is made up of representatives from the city’s health department, HIV service providers, and others.
Task force members are hopeful that while the recommendations are specific to San Francisco, some of the information might be helpful for other local planning efforts.