HIV Patients in Louisiana Turned Away by Obamacare Insurers

Providers take advantage of a guideline loophole to discriminate

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AIDS activists demonstrate outside the International AIDS Conference on July 24, 2012 in Washington, DC.

The three insurance companies in Louisiana that sell healthcare policies under Obamacare are not accepting payments from a government program that provides funds to low-income HIV patients.

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana made the decision last year, and now two smaller companies, The Louisiana Health Cooperative and Vantage Health Plan, have followed suit, Reuters reports. On Thursday Lambda Legal, a non-profit group, filed a civil rights complaint against the two smaller companies.

The federally funded Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program provides grants to states and organizations so that low-income HIV patients can get healthcare insurance. But the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services bar insurance companies from accepting third-party funding for new healthcare plans, in an effort to prevent fraud. Despite the Centers having publicly stated that this policy doesn’t apply to state and federal government programs or grantees, the insurance companies are not backing down.

“Additional carriers are jumping on the discrimination bandwagon,” Susan Sommer, director of constitutional litigation for Lambda Legal, told Reuters. “The worst nightmare for people with HIV-AIDS is coming true in Louisiana: they’re being turned away in what’s become a race to the bottom by insurers.”

[Reuters]

10 comments
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edeskelvin1

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sagebrush
sagebrush

I agree.  This is not about the Affordable Care Act.  It's about greedy insurance companies using any dodge to avoid covering people with serious or chronic illnesses and the state, which is in their pocket, goes along.  Who cares about poor, sick people, especially with a disease as stigmatized as HIV has been?  I bet those same insurance companies are happily accepting other funds that help healthy low-income people purchase insurance on the exchanges.

DeweySayenoff
DeweySayenoff

Human greed standing firmly on top of human suffering.  What I find rather interesting is how people equate this with a failing of Obamacare instead of the insurance companies AND LOUISIANA STATE LAW allowing it.

It apparently takes an IQ higher than the Louisiana average to understand that these companies are participating in the Louisiana exchange under Obamacare, but are using a state law to avoid having to sign up HIV positive customers.  It's not Obamacare's doing that they're not signing them up.  It's the state itself, and the insurance companies that always, always, always pay to push through this kind of legislation - despite the fact that government programs like Obamacare are EXEMPTED from it.

In short, it's the individual insurance companies being greedy bashats with a red state that equates HIV positive with "gay" and is fine with letting them suffer rather than forcing their state's insurance companies to comply with the law as it's intended instead of how the insurance companies have decided to interpret it.

It would be nice if people in the world would read the article and think before they post utter drivel.  It makes things a hell of a lot less publicly embarrassing for them when they realize they were totally off base.  Assuming, of course, they still retain the capacity to differentiate their delusion from reality.

RobertKosta
RobertKosta

Yet another time when reality rises up to smack obama in the face.


Good to see.

Openminded1
Openminded1

Ah Obama care, seems insurance companies do not care what Barry;s plan mandates.

CharliePace
CharliePace

@RobertKosta  Judging by your other posts, reality has smacked you in the face and knocked out any sense of humanity you have. If you ever had any.