Shandora has been HIV positive for 26 years, and has received consistent HIV care from the Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program since 2009. She lives in Atlanta, Ga., with her teenage son. Shandora is uninsured: Her employer does not offer health insurance coverage and Shandora is in the “coverage gap,” meaning she does not qualify for Medicaid in her state or for premium tax credits under the Affordable Care Act. While her HIV care needs are met through the Ryan White Program, Shandora has other health needs that go unmet without access to insurance.
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