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HMOs Denying HIV/AIDS Meds

Posted by libhom Tuesday, October 20, 2009

From NY1 10/15/09: (Hat Tip Rod 2.0)

State Senator Jeffrey Klein released a report Thursday, showing Latinos are among the New Yorkers whose insurance companies are limiting their access to HIV/AIDS medication.

Klein's office monitored the 12 most widely used HMOs in the state. It found they limit the number of allowable doses and block coverage of so-called single source drugs -- those which are patented, brand name medications with no generic equivalent.

"The problem we're seeing time and time again is that doctors are prescribing single source drugs because they know that's the medication their patients need to stay alive in many cases, yet the HMOs are not covering it," Klein said.

I hate the HMOs. I hate the HMOs. I hate the HMOs.
 

3 comments

  1. TomCat Says:
  2. Libhom, I see this as a huge injustice, and yet another reason that we need a strong public option.

    I added you to the blog roll at Politics Plus.

     
  3. Lew Scannon Says:
  4. And yet, the right accuses Obamacare of having "death panels". This is much worse.

     
  5. Jimmy Says:
  6. So much for the sanctity of the doctor/patient relationship that government-run healthcare would put in jeopardy.

     

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