The Healthcare You Deserve
VHO, Inc.’s mission is to provide assistance to populations with chronic health conditions experiencing barriers in obtaining, understanding and effectively using health insurance and other supports to manage their health condition. We accomplish this by linking clients to support services and appropriate health insurance plans that will empower them to better manage their health conditions.
Support services provided in the Nexus program expand the options available to newly diagnosed or People Living with HIV (PLWH) giving them the benefit and flexibility of receiving HIV-related care in a medical setting of their choosing – a private infectious disease, primary care or specialist practice. For more information, visit the Nexus website:
Since 2014, VHO has been assisting Ryan White eligible Virginia ADAP clients enroll in health insurance plans available through the Affordable Care Act (ACA) Federal Marketplace. During the year, VHO helps eligible clients with Special Enrollment and may soon be assisting with Medicaid enrollments made possible by the Medicaid Expansion in Virginia.
Improving lives, saving money, and supporting communities.
Since 2014, VHO has enrolled approximately 1500 Ryan White eligible Virginia ADAP individuals in health insurance plans offered through the Affordable Care Act Marketplace.
Studies have shown that individuals with HIV disease who have access to health insurance enjoy better health outcomes including well-controlled HIV disease, decreased mortality, and decreased risk of transmission to others.
Since the introduction of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), AIDS Drug Assistance Programs (ADAPs) have made a concerted effort to enroll uninsured individuals in ACA health insurance plans as both a cost-saving strategy and to increase patient access to care.
A recently published study, “Determinants of facilitated health insurance enrollment for patients with HIV disease, and impact of insurance enrollment on targeted health outcomes”, evaluated the impact of ADAP-facilitated health insurance and on health outcomes and found enough evidence to suggest that programs, including Virginia ADAP, continue to prioritize facilitated insurance enrollment strategies to ensure continued improvement in health outcomes.
What People Are Saying
Our practice was looking for a community partner, with whom to support the care of individuals with HIV. We needed an agency with experience working in the medical field, especially in the areas of access to insurance plans and case management of individuals with social and financial needs. We found the perfect fit and have enjoyed our collaboration with VHO. Together we created the Nexus Program, with expanded access to care for individuals with HIV throughout Northern Virginia.
David Wheeler, MD
Infectious Diseases Physicians