Senator Portantino Honors National Native HIV/AIDS Awareness Day with SB 1154

Tuesday, March 20 2018

Sacramento, California – Today, Senator Portantino, D – La Cañada Flintridge, honors National Native HIV/AIDS Awareness Day with legislation, SB 1154. The bill would require the State Department of Health Care Services to determine a per capita rate of payment to Medi-Cal recipients with HIV or AIDS.

“Today, I am proud to honor National Native HIV/AIDS Awareness Day with legislation that will help more individuals affected by HIV and AIDS. Public health is an important issue to me and I will continue to fight for more resources and educational programs for those in need.” commented Senator Portantino.

Currently, Medi-Cal relies on an outdated definition of AIDS which determines the type of plan and funding an individual receives. Many Medi-Cal patients receive care plans that only cover a limited amount of the cost for the services they need. As a result, patients that have less acute stages of HIV often receive fewer medical services than patients with AIDS.

Senator Portantino has made this issue a priority of his, in the past he has co-hosted several HIV/AIDS summits at City of Hope Hospital. He has also authored legislation to support health centers with HIV patients and help combat the spread of AIDS. Through SB 1154, Senator Portantino wants to help regulate this process and update the definition of AIDS to help more patients receive effective care. The bill is supported by the AIDS Healthcare Foundation.

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Sen. Portantino represents nearly 930,000 people in the 25th Senate District, which includes Altadena, Atwater Village, Bradbury, Burbank , Claremont, Duarte, Glendale, Glendora, La Cañada Flintridge, La Crescenta,  La Verne,  Los Feliz, Monrovia, Montrose,  Pasadena,  San Dimas, San Marino, Shadow Hills, Sierra Madre, South Pasadena, Sunland-Tujunga, and Upland.