Around the nation: New York's plan to end AIDS as an epidemic in the state by 2020

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  • Montana: On Tuesday, Montana released its Medicaid expansion plan for a 60-day public comment period prior to formally submitting a waiver to CMS. Some experts say federal officials are unlikely to approve the plan in its current form, largely because it would impose premiums on beneficiaries with incomes below 100% of the federal poverty level. The agency has been hesitant about authorizing Medicaid premiums for lower-income individuals "because there's a lot of research showing that premiums for very low-income people deters enrollment, and creates a barrier to coverage," explains Joan Alker, executive director of Georgetown University's Center for Children and Families (Whitney, Montana Public Radio/Kaiser Health News, 7/9; AP/Modern Healthcare, 7/8).
  • New York: New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) on Wednesday unveiled a plan that aims to end AIDS as an epidemic in the state by the end of 2020. The plan seeks to reduce the number of new HIV infections in the state from 3,200 cases in 2013 to 750 annually by 2020. It calls for increased HIV testing and treatment, with a focus on pre-exposure drugs that keep high-risk individuals from becoming infected (AP/Miami Herald, 7/8; Hamilton, "Capitol Confidential," Albany Times Union, 7/8).

  • South Carolina: BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina Foundation will award a total of more than $10.7 million to 13 organizations serving low-income state residents to increase health care access and improve population health. "By awarding grants that bridge health and health care, we're offering help and hope to those who need it most," says Harvey Galloway, the foundation's executive director (The State, 7/8).

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