Thursday, February 15, 2018

NY Regulators Investigate Discrimination of Gay Men Denied Insurance for Taking Truvada

A bottle of Truvada at a health center in Manhattan. (Credit:Nicole Bengiveno/The New York Times)
The New York Times reports:

State financial regulators in New York said Wednesday [Feb. 14] that they would investigate reports that gay men have been denied insurance policies covering life, disability or long-term care because they were taking medication to protect themselves against H.I.V.

Such denials would amount to illegal discrimination based on sexual orientation, and the companies doing so could be penalized, said Maria T. Vullo, the state’s superintendent of financial services.

The investigation was triggered by an article published Tuesday by The New York Times, she said.

The Times reported that various insurers around the country had denied policies to gay men after learning they took Truvada, a cocktail of two anti-AIDS drugs, to avoid catching H.I.V. through sex. To get insurance, some men even stopped taking the protective drugs.

See full story here.

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