MD Groups hosts health insurance events for the Black HIV AIDS Awareness Day / Public News Service

February 7 marks National Black HIV / AIDS Awareness Day, and health advocates in Maryland see it as an opportunity to offer health care to people who are not insured.

The state-run insurance exchange Maryland Health Connection has extended open registration until February 28th. AIDS Healthcare Foundation and Maryland Health Care for All! The coalition is jointly holding events next week for uninsured residents of Baltimore and Prince George’s County.

Michele Eberle, CEO of the Maryland Health Benefit Exchange, said for people with HIV / AIDS, it is crucial to have insurance to afford medication.

“What’s really important to know is that all of our plans cover the cost of prescription drugs, and that’s why it’s very important,” Eberle said. “If you’re looking at having to buy medicine, or covered drugs that are very expensive, you want to make sure you have health insurance that covers it.”

On Saturday, you can get free help with registering for health insurance from kl. 9.00 to kl. 17:00 at the AIDS Healthcare Foundation’s clinic in Baltimore and on February 7 at the group’s Temple Hills Clinic from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. There will also be HIV testing, music and giveaways at both events.

Seventy-one percent of the 33,000 residents of Maryland living with HIV / AIDS are black, according to data from 2019. Jeremy Myers, community mobilizer and activist from the AIDS Healthcare Foundation, said getting coverage can improve the health outcomes of all Marylanders.

“When we get to Black History Month,” Myers said, “I think it would certainly be appropriate to mention how this affects not only society as a whole, but the colored communities and poor communities. By getting people enrolled really believe it will help influence how HIV and AIDS have affected our society. “

More than 180,000 residents of Maryland have signed up for coverage through the state Health Insurance Exchange for 2022 so far, a record high.

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