AIDS Healthcare Foundation Protest
Protestors gathered this morning at todayâs Florida Disease Management Summit to rally against changes in the way the state cares for HIV/AIDS patients on Medicaid. As part of recent Medicaid reform, the state got rid of its contract with the non-profit AIDS Healthcare Foundation and awarded the right to provide statewide care for HIV/AIDS patients to a for-profit organization.
(âWell there are profound changes going onâ¦â)
AIDS Healthcare Foundation president Michael Weinstein says that this was a careless move on the part of the state, and that it reflects a negative attitude toward HIV/AIDS patients.
(âThe focus is not on the dollars and not the patientsâ¦â)
Weinstein says that, in spite of his organizationâs successes in caring for Floridians with HIV/AIDS on Medicaid, the state has broken a number of promises it had made to those patients.
(âWell, one of the things they said was thatâ¦â)
AIDS Healthcare Foundationâs Positive Healthcare works, Weinstein says, for everyone involved.
(âThe State of Floridaâs own report saysâ¦â)
But Weinstein says the he believes that the state would rather award the contract to an HIV/AIDS care provider that does not work primarily in the interests of the patients.
This, he says, is reflective of the stateâs attitude toward HIV/AIDS.
Weinstein says that the AIDS Healthcare Foundation has proposed mediation with state, but that the state hasnât responded. While he was happy with the turnout at todayâs demonstration, he plans to take the issue to Tallahassee in the near future. Neither the Governorâs office nor Floridaâs Agency for Healthcare Administration returned WMNFâs phone calls by airtime.comments powered by Disqus