Rick Thornton, an Arlington health insurance agent, said a judge recently ruled that an Affordable Care Act provision is now unconstitutional drastically alters previous options to cover critical HIV drugs for employees.
Arlington health insurance ruling has lasting impact
on other preventative care
Health insurance in Arlington will undergo significant
changes moving forward as U.S.
District Judge Reed O'Connor ruled in favor of several businesses and
individuals who wanted to deny free coverage of the HIV medication, PrEP
on religious grounds, citing that deciding what insurance companies have
to cover free-of-charge is unconstitutional.
According to ABC News, the recent challenge and
victory right now means that employers can no longer
cover HIV drugs on their existing health plans.
That up to this point have been
covered at no cost with zero
Judge O'Connor specified that he was siding
with one company in particular, though the ruling
undoubtedly creates a precedent that could pave
the way for future lawsuits and impact
individuals and families with health insurance in
Rick Thornton, an Arlington health insurance agent , said there have
been similar challenges to contraceptive mandates on similar grounds
in the past.
The CDC wants more people to
have access to PreP because of
its high effective rate.
He pointed to a quote in the ABC News article that states, " 140
million Americans rely and have come to enjoy, according to polls,
the free preventive services, not just drugs and vaccines you know,
your annual physical that is supposed to be covered at no cost, no
co-pay, once a year," ABC News'
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