The Visiting Nurse Assn. of Los Angeles, which has been the safety net for the Medi-Cal AIDS patient since 1983, welcomes your acknowledgement of the challenges of meeting the deepening AIDS crisis.
Nonetheless, we take exception to your editorial (May 28), "What to Do About AIDS," which states: "The two hospice facilities in the county do not accept patients on Medi-Cal, thereby leaving the indigent without in-bed care in the final stages of their illness."
The Visiting Nurse Assn., a not-for-profit community agency, does indeed accept AIDS patients on Medi-Cal in our program, "Hospice in the Home," which is an alternative to hospital care.
We would also draw your attention to the in-bed hospice care available to the AIDS patient at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. The VNA-LA and Cedars-Sinai Medical Center work in partnership to provide the full spectrum of care needed by the AIDS patient.