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HIV advocates find discriminatory HIV drug pricing by Illinois insurance companies

February 11, 2015

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Are you having trouble paying for your HIV medication? Do you feel your insurance company’s high cost sharing amounts for HIV medications are discriminatory? Tell us; we want to hear from you!

Last week, the AIDS Foundation of Chicago and AIDS Legal Council of Chicago submitted letters to three health insurance companies in Illinois – Humana, Coventry and Health Alliance – expressing serious concern regarding the coverage and cost of HIV medications under their plans offered on the health insurance Marketplace.
 
Analysis of plans offered by these insurance companies found that HIV medications are placed on a specialty tier, which results in medication being extremely unaffordable for individuals living with HIV. The letters urged companies to immediately amend their formularies to cover all HIV medications in cost sharing tiers, which will allow people living with HIV to access these essential medications.

Need help finding current information on the cost of HIV medications in Illinois Marketplace Plans? Check out our Illinois Formulary Assessments. Also see the cost assessment of pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP), for those who are HIV-negative.

While we wait for the insurance companies to respond, you can take action today! If you, or someone you know, has had difficulty paying for HIV medications due to high pricing by one of these four insurance companies, Speak Up! When individuals share their personal stories, advocacy efforts are strengthened, which results in more impactful and meaningful change. Share your story today!

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