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PEOPLE HELPING PEOPLE: Affordable Care Act helps AID Gwinnett

Larry Lehman

Larry Lehman

As the executive director of AID Gwinnett/Ric Crawford Clinic, which caters to underserved individuals, the Affordable Care Act promised great new opportunities for my agency and clients. The original hurdles in notifying all of our clients of their new rights and responsibilities were capably met by staff, and in the short time since the official rollout, we have started to see some great improvements in healthcare for all.

While all of Ric Crawford Clinic’s patients received primary care as part of their HIV care, with ACA coverage, all of our clients will now see a broader range of care – whether in our clinic or elsewhere. Clients will now have broader access to additional health care providers.

Patients will also no longer face the potential of losing out on coverage due to pre-existing conditions. While coverage was always available through Ric Crawford Clinic for those living with HIV, the ACA has opened up more opportunities for patients to chose their plans, unlike before. Patients can pick the coverage that is right for them, and choice is something our patients have not had in healthcare in some time.

Finally, the ACA has allowed our patients to seek care more consistently, pulling out of that emergency room loop that cost them, and other tax payers, thousands. Patients can receive preventive care and can seek care while sick, often for the first time in their lives. Patients are now seeking care for issues they couldn’t before – heading off what could have been major concerns down the line. Eventually, we’ll see fewer patients in serious financial concerns due to As the executive director of AID Gwinnett/Ric Crawford Clinic, which caters to underserved individuals, the Affordable Care Act promised great new opportunities for my agency and clients. The original hurdles in notifying all of our clients of their new rights and responsibilities were capably met by staff, and in the short time since the official rollout, we have started to see some great improvements in healthcare for all.

While all of Ric Crawford Clinic’s patients received primary care as part of their HIV care, with ACA coverage, all of our clients will now see a broader range of care – whether in our clinic or elsewhere. Clients will now have broader access to additional health care providers.

Patients will also no longer face the potential of losing out on coverage due to pre-existing conditions. While coverage was always available through Ric Crawford Clinic for those living with HIV, the ACA has opened up more opportunities for patients to chose their plans, unlike before. Patients can pick the coverage that is right for them, and choice is something our patients have not had in healthcare in some time.

Finally, the ACA has allowed our patients to seek care more consistently, pulling out of that emergency room loop that cost them, and other tax payers, thousands. Patients can receive preventive care and can seek care while sick, often for the first time in their lives. Patients are now seeking care for issues they couldn’t before – heading off what could have been major concerns down the line. Eventually, we’ll see fewer patients in serious financial concerns due to medical bills thanks to this coverage.

Larry Lehman is executive director/CEO of AID Gwinnett/Ric Crawford Clinic.

AID Gwinnett/RicCrawford Clinic, a not for profit organization, was founded in 1990 in Gwinnett County by a grass roots group of concerned parents and volunteers dealing with family members and friends infected with HIV/AIDS.

In 2003 AID Gwinnett received funding and The Ric Crawford Clinic was born. The clinic was now able to provide high quality, compassionate patient care through a comprehensive, multidisciplinary medical staff. To date, AID Gwinnett/Ric Crawford Clinic has assisted over 2,300 patients and their families in addition to reaching over 10,00,00 in our HIV/AIDS prevention and testing programs.

The clinic currently has a 24-member staff, 200 active volunteers, a nine-member Board of Directors and a $2.8 million budget to provide supportive services and HIV prevention education.

People Helping People is a publication of the Gwinnett Coalition for Health & Human Services.

For more information contact Ellen Gerstein - ellen@gwinnettcoalition.org or at 770-995-3339.medical bills thanks to this coverage.

Larry Lehman is executive director/CEO of AID Gwinnett/Ric Crawford Clinic.

AID Gwinnett/RicCrawford Clinic, a not for profit organization, was founded in 1990 in Gwinnett County by a grass roots group of concerned parents and volunteers dealing with family members and friends infected with HIV/AIDS.

In 2003 AID Gwinnett received funding and The Ric Crawford Clinic was born. The clinic was now able to provide high quality, compassionate patient care through a comprehensive, multidisciplinary medical staff. To date, AID Gwinnett/Ric Crawford Clinic has assisted over 2,300 patients and their families in addition to reaching over 10,00,00 in our HIV/AIDS prevention and testing programs.

The clinic currently has a 24-member staff, 200 active volunteers, a nine-member Board of Directors and a $2.8 million budget to provide supportive services and HIV prevention education.

People Helping People is a publication of the Gwinnett Coalition for Health & Human Services.

For more information contact Ellen Gerstein - ellen@gwinnettcoalition.org or at 770-995-3339.