Some Obamacare insurers discriminate against AIDS patients: study

By Sharon Begley NEW YORK (Reuters) – Some insurers selling policies under Obamacare may be structuring drug coverage in a way that dissuades people with HIV-AIDS from becoming their customers, according to a study published on Wednesday in the New England Journal of Medicine. President Barack Obama’s 2010 Affordable Care Act outlawed discrimination based on pre-existing conditions. Some, however, have found a way to discriminate anyway, wrote researchers at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, “resorting to other tactics to dissuade high-cost patients” from enrolling. Traditionally, insurers use formularies, lists of covered drugs and their out-of-pocket costs, to steer patients toward generic drugs or medicine for which a company has negotiated a favorable price.
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