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AP: Groups Claim Insurance Discrimination

August 19, 2014
In this August 18 article, Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar highlights assertions by patient groups that new insurance barriers are discriminatory against sick people, particularly patients with chronic conditions.

More than 300 patient advocacy groups – including the AIDS Institute, the American Lung Association, Easter Seals, the Epilepsy Foundation, the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, the National Alliance on Mental Illness, the National Kidney Foundation and United Cerebral Palsy - recently wrote to Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Mathews Burwell. In the letter, the groups claim that some insurer tactics ‘are highly discriminatory against patients with chronic health conditions and may ... violate the (law's) nondiscrimination provisions.’

According to the article, the advocates also say they are disappointed by how difficult it is to get complete information on plans sold on the new insurance exchanges. Alonso-Zaldivar writes, ‘Digging is often required to learn crucial details such as drugs covered, exact copayments and which doctors and hospitals are in the network.’

The full story can be accessed here.