AHF calls on Governor Newsom to ‘help people living with HIV’

LOS ANGELES–(BUSINESS WIRE)–AHF will run a full-page, color advertisement in the Sacramento Bee this Sunday, September 18e. The announcement, titled “Governor Newsom: Help People Living with HIV,” is a heartfelt plea to the Governor asking for his help to help prevent the disruption of care for more than 1,400 AIDS patients in Los Angeles. AHF is calling on Newsom to step in and stop Medi-Cal from canceling a respected 27-year-old AIDS care program created and run by AHF – the only specialized managed care plan for people living with AIDS in California.

In late June, AHF received notice from the state’s Department of Managed Health Care that it was not renewing AHF’s contract for the 2023 plan, leaving patients at the mercy of other care plans whose medical providers do not have a long-standing relationship with them. particular patients – and also may not have the same degree of expertise in managing the care of AIDS patients.

In its ad in the Bee, AHF cites the centuries-old tradition of AIDS activism that woke up a nation to the poor quality of treatment for AIDS patients and reminds Governor Newsom:

“You have had an outstanding record as mayor and governor supporting the LGBTQ community, which is most affected by HIV. We hope you will continue to trust us.

The ad continues:

“Your department admits that the reason for canceling this contract has nothing to do with the quality of care we provide, only that we sought to mobilize our patients for the defense.

We are appealing this decision, but your department has openly stated that it will cancel this contract while the appeal is pending. It’s just plain unfair and a mockery of due process.

Unless Governor Newsom intervenes or AHF’s appeal to the California Department of Managed Health Care is promptly heard and prevails, AHF’s contract for its care plan managed for people living with AIDS will expire or terminate on December 31.st of this year.

AIDS Health Foundation (AHF), the world’s largest AIDS service organization, currently provides medical care and/or services to more than 1.6 million people in 45 countries around the world in the United States, Africa, Latin America /Caribbean, Asia/Pacific and Eastern Europe. To learn more about AHF, please visit our website: www.aidshealth.org, find us on Facebook: www.facebook.com/aidshealth, follow us @aidshealthcare or subscribe to our AHF podcast “AHFter Hours”.

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