Insurers Charged With Keeping HIV Drugs Out of Patients’ Reach

Seven health plans try to discourage people with HIV from becoming members by making drugs to treat the disease either unavailable or they price the medications too high, alleges Harvard Law School’s Center for Health Law and Policy Innovation. The law school filed complaints with HHS’s Office of Civil Rights, reports Kaiser Health News. 

Complaints were lodged against Humana plans in six states: Alabama, Georgia, Illinois, Louisiana, Tennessee and Texas. Against Cigna plans in three states: Georgia, Tennessee and Texas. Against three in Pennsylvania: Highmark, Independence Blue Cross and UPMC health plan. Complaints were also filed against Community Health Choice in Texas and against Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield in Wisconsin.

“Working with local AIDS groups in several states, the Harvard center examined hundreds of silver-level plans sold on the marketplaces to gauge whether their formularies would allow access to six treatment regimens that are the current standard of care for treating people who are newly diagnosed with HIV.”

Source: Kaiser Health News