Women rejoice today, but work still to be done
Thanks to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, effective today, and for the first time ever, women have access to important health care services at no out-of-pocket cost. Of course, this news should be celebrated. But we should not forget that while the Supreme Court decision to uphold many of the key provisions of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act is gratifying, it still allows states to opt out of the Medicaid expansion, which would provide insurance for many low-income people. This graph shows the HIV crisis in Washington, DC. Increasingly those newly infected with HIV are likely to be low-income minorities and Medicaid will be a critical source of coverage for many of them.