Journal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved volume 21, issue 3, P1006-1030 2010 DOI: 10.1353/hpu.0.0330 View full text
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Christopher J. Conover, Marcia Weaver, Peter Arno, Alfonso Ang, Susan L. Ettner

Abstract: HIV triply-diagnosed adults (those with chronic mental illness and substance abuse disorders) must rely heavily on public insurance to cover high annual medical costs (approximately $50,000). This study examines the nature and determinants of insurance coverage (including managed care) for this population, along with annual transitions in coverage. Relative to people living with HIV/AIDS in general, fewer triply-diagnosed adults rely on private coverage (3% vs. 30%), but their rate of being uninsured is only s…

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