New York, along with 23 other states, has announced that it will expand Medicaid, which will greatly widen the number of people eligible for health coverage under the Affordable Care Act. This expansion, set for implementation in 2014, will now cover people whom insurance companies previously deemed "too sick" or "not sick enough" for coverage, eliminating harmful policies that required "proof of a disability" or an official AIDS and/or HIV diagnosis and an opportunistic infection before being eligible for coverage. According to recent estimates, an additional 811,000 adults will be eligible for Medicaid coverage under New York's expansion. While this is great news for populations that frequently live on the margins, particularly people living with HIV/AIDS, people of color, homeless people, and those living in poverty, it remains to be seen how this expansion will affect, or include, transgender New Yorkers.
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