Improving access to health care will probably take longer. The Prevention and Public Health Fund, a component of the Affordable Care Act, has allotted $198 million toward training 500 new primary care physicians and 600 new primary care nurse practitioners across the country by 2015. But Governor Haley Barbour of Mississippi has argued that the state does not need the kind of assistance that the law provides. For now the state’s health experts hope that their education and testing initiatives can help lessen the alarmingly high rates of HIV infection and death in the U.S.’s poorest state. They have their work cut out for them.
This article was originally published with the title Poor Man's Burden.