Miami Herald: Obamacare may mean high drug costs for Floridians with HIV

By Nicholas Nehamas

When Tony Smith lost his job as a corporate paralegal two years ago, a state program stepped in to help him keep his health insurance — and the expensive drugs his life had depended on since his 2008 HIV diagnosis.

Now Smith, 42, of Coral Springs, has been told he must sign up for coverage on Florida's federally run insurance exchange or the state will stop helping him pay his premiums.

"The landscape of healthcare has changed, and with the passage of the Affordable Care Act we have the opportunity to access and enroll in cost-effective health plans," an official at the AIDS Insurance Continuation Program wrote in a letter to Smith and other AICP beneficiaries.

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