MedPage Today September 10, 2022
— Experts weigh judge’s decision invalidating no-cost coverage for PrEP, health screening
A federal judge in Texas ruled earlier this week in favor of plaintiffs comprising several employers in the state that argued an employer’s insurance should not be required to cover the cost of pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP), used to reduce HIV transmission, when such a requirement violated the employer’s religious beliefs.
The ruling handed down by Judge Reed O’Connor in Braidwood Management v. Becerra (formerly Kelley v. Becerra) has raised concerns for Affordable Care Act (ACA) advocates and other physician groups, not only for HIV patients but for Americans across the country who have benefited from preventive care.
“Patients without adequate health insurance live sicker and die younger …...