AIDS Law Project and Center for Health Law and Policy Innovation of Harvard Law School Partner to End Health Discrimination
The AIDS Law Project of Pennsylvania teamed up with the Center for Health Law and Policy Innovation (CHLPI) to review the Silver Qualified Health Plans available in Pennsylvania for the past two years of open enrollment. The 2017 Qualified Health Plans (QHP) on the Silver tier are meant to be the most cost-effective Marketplace plans for low and moderate income consumers. However, CHLPI reported lower rates of coverage of necessary HIV and HCV (Hepatitis C) treatment regimens and an increased cost sharing for those regimens that are covered. Insurance companies are not meeting the needs of consumers living with HIV and HCV.
Click here for the 2017 Pennsylvania Qualified Health Plans report.
Click here for 2017 Qualified Health Plans in other states.
On September 6, 2016, AIDS Law Project and CHLPI filed formal complaints with the federal Office of Civil Rights alleging that insurers design plans discriminatory to people living with HIV. Click here for more information.
Lawsuit: Iraq war vet with HIV was barred from aquatic therapy pool
PHILADELPHIA (Thursday, June 23, 2016) — The AIDS Law Project of Pennsylvania today filed a federal lawsuit on behalf of an Iraq war veteran who was denied aquatic therapy at a physical therapy center because she has HIV.
The plaintiff, Bonnie Jones, 40, who is using a pseudonym to protect her identity, served two tours of active duty in Iraq. She sought treatment from the OSS Orthopaedic Hospital facility in York, Pa., for chronic spine pain and limited range of motion caused by wearing a bulletproof vest for an extended period. Drayer Physical Therapy operates the physical therapy services at the facility owned by OSS Orthopaedic Hospital.
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All Pain, No Gain: HIV Criminalization in Pennsylvania (October 2016)
HIV Criminalization undercuts important public health initiatives by ignoring actual transmission risk, exacerbating stigma, and devaluing the importance of personal responsibility in HIV prevention. Criminalization makes it more difficult for those who have been diagnosed with HIV to disclose their HIV status to partners or to access and stay in care. In short, it’s all pain and no gain.
Click here for the report.
The AIDS Law Project has been busy protecting people living with HIV in Pennsylvania and South Jersey. Click here for some recent victories.