The Hill: ObamaCare Insurers Accused of Overcharging for HIV/AIDS Drugs

By Ferdous Al-Faruque

Advocacy groups are accusing four health insurers in Florida of violating federal ObamaCare rules by discriminating against people with HIV and AIDS.

The National Health Law Program and The AIDS Institute have filed a complaint against CoventryOne, Cigna, Humana and Preferred Medical in Florida with the Office of Civil Rights at the Department of Health and Human Services alleging that their ObamaCare plans are overcharging for treatments.

According to the advocacy groups, analysis of prescription drug formularies and cost structure for all silver-level Qualified Health Plans in Florida — one of the options under ObamaCare — found the four insurance providers charged inordinately high copayments and co-insurance for drugs used to treat HIV and AIDS.

They say the way drug pricing is structured, people with HIV and AIDS would have to pay more than $1,000 a month for their treatments. Some plans are also requiring prior authorization or approval by the plan for HIV drugs, the groups allege. Read the full article here. »



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