Civil Rights Complaints Filed Against Insurers Citing Discrimination Against People Living With HIV in Illinois and Six Other States


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The AIDS Research Consortium of Atlanta and the Center for Health Law and Policy Innovation of Harvard Law School spearheaded the filing of formal Administrative Complaints with the Office of Civil Rights of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The complaint accuses several insurance companies of discriminating against patients living with HIV in Alabama, Georgia, Illinois, Louisiana, Pennsylvania, Texas and Wisconsin.

Yesterday, the AIDS Research Consortium of Atlanta (ARCA) and the Center for Health Law and Policy Innovation of Harvard Law School (CHLPI) spearheaded the filing of formal Administrative Complaints with the Office of Civil Rights (OCR) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

The complaint accuses several insurance companies of discriminating against patients living with HIV in Alabama, Georgia, Illinois, Louisiana, Pennsylvania, Texas and Wisconsin.

Advances in HIV treatment mean that people living with HIV can lead long and productive lives, but only if they have continuous and uninterrupted access to HIV medications… Lapses in HIV medications can lead to lifelong viral resistance and ultimately medication failure. Likewise, we should not forget that effective HIV treatment also prevents HIV transmission, so obstructing access to medications is a public health issue.

The statement also speaks to the potential effect these practices and complaints will have on the marketplace as a whole. For more information, read the full article here

 

 

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