One out of every 200 persons in Houston reports living with HIV, according to the Houston Health Department. The disease has reached epidemic levels in Houston, hitting certain zip codes hard.
The United States Conference on AIDS (USCA), which just convened on September 7, was an informative event, once again this year. Expected changes in the Affordable Care Act, proposed cuts to Medicaid and health care delivery were some of the key issues of discussion.
“If you have lost your HIV meds in the flood, we’re here to help you,” said Legacy’s Dr. Natalie Vanek. “What’s vital is you stay in treatment, even during this difficult time. We’re open and here to help you.”
Legacy has transformed from the little-clinic-that-could of the 1980s into an entire community health system, today made up of 29 locations, across Southeast Texas. While growth is good, we are just trying to keep up with the unfortunate – and growing – demand for high-quality, affordable health care. Watch the new video.
Texans Living with HIV will be a collective voice in policy and decision-making on issues that impact the HIV community.
Rice University students got in touch with Legacy’s Positive Organizing Project (POP+) about how to get involved in HIV advocacy.
National Transgender HIV Testing Day is April 18th
Last week’s mayhem over new health care legislation, now dead for the time being, highlights how decisions made in Washington impact the lives of people living with HIV. It’s worth looking at the federal role in HIV care in the United States.
As we wrote in a recent note to our patients, Legacy is aware of the understandable confusion and anxiety around the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare. What all Houstonians should know is that health insurance plans have not yet changed, and those who have insurance will continue to receive the benefits of their individual plan.
Legacy continuará proporcionando el cuidado de la salud a todos los que lo necesitan, independientemente de su capacidad de pago.