The Center for Health Law and Policy Innovation (CHLPI) has monitored trends in state Marketplaces for the past two years of open enrollment. CHLPI is increasingly alarmed by lower rates of coverage of necessary HIV and HCV treatment regimens concurrent with increased cost sharing for those regimens that are covered, especially in the Silver Qualified Health Plan (QHP) offerings across the nation. This is alarming because these plans are meant to be the most cost-effective Marketplace plans for low and moderate income consumers. The QHPs’ failure to meet the needs of consumers living with HIV and HCV mean that these individuals are prevented from realizing the promises of the Affordable Care Act (ACA).
To further define the extent of the problem, CHLPI is partnering with state based advocates to analyze all of the Silver QHPs available on nearly 20 state Marketplaces. The assessment initiative will help to provide specific, detailed information on the QHPs offerings in these states.
In addition, CHLPI will go beyond documenting HIV treatment coverage trends by partnering with state based advocates to engage state Department of Insurance Commissioners to address ongoing unfair and discriminatory practices in Silver QHPs. If necessary, CHLPI and its state based partners are prepared to launch a litigation initiative, based in part on the newly created private right of action found under the anti-discrimination regulations of the ACA to ensure that the alarming trends found in 2015 and continued into 2016 do not become the norm in 2017 and onwards. The promise of the ACA must become a reality for people living with HIV and HCV.
For further questions and inquiries please contact Robert Greenwald at firstname.lastname@example.org or Carmel Shachar at email@example.com. To learn more about CHLPI’s litigation initiative, please contact Kevin Costello at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Alabama: 2017 QHP Assessment: Alabama
Georgia: 2017 QHP Assessment: Georgia
Illinois: 2017 QHP Assessment: Illinois
Louisiana: 2017 QHP Assessment: Louisiana
Massachusetts: 2017 QHP Assessment: Massachusetts
Minnesota: 2017 QHP Assessment: Minnesota
Mississippi: 2017 QHP Assessment: Mississippi
North Carolina: 2017 QHP Assessment: North Carolina
Oregon: 2017 QHP Assessment: Oregon
Pennsylvania: 2017 QHP Assessment: Pennsylvania
South Carolina: 2017 QHP Assessment: South Carolina
Tennessee: 2017 QHP Assessment: Tennessee
Texas: 2017 QHP Assessment: Texas
North Carolina: 2016-QHP-REPORT-NC.pdf
South Carolina: 2016-QHP-REPORT-SC-1.pdf